New Year Workout Plan: 3 Tips to Get You Started
New Year’s resolutions are so often sabotaged before they have the chance to ever really get up and run. Often times people simply take on too much too soon, become too exhausted, too sore and their newfound commitment to fitness is history. Hence the reason gyms are packed January 2, and empty February 2.
Particularly if you haven’t exercised in a long time, here are some helpful tips to “prepare” your body for a couple of weeks prior to jumping in full force with your gym membership. This will increase your chances of success in January.
- WATER. Drinking water is the simplest of tasks. Yet, it is so often overlooked. How much water are you drinking? Do you drink any water? Water is vital for your body to properly function. Standards vary, but in my opinion, let’s get your drinking 8, 8 ounce glasses of water per day so that you are properly hydrated which includes helping to lubricate your joints and support your metabolism.
- STRETCH. Ever watch your dog wake up from a nap? Yes, they stretch to prepare their body to move; and so should you. Find some basic stretches that work for you. Stretch gently and gradually and BREATHE. This increased circulation of blood flow will make a huge difference in the way you feel and will most likely relieve a good amount of stress.
- WALK. Human beings were designed to move, to walk, to hunt and gather. We were not designed to sit at a desk all day. Commit to walk 1 mile 5 days a week for two weeks, before we try to sweat it out in the gym on that high tech cardio machine.
Water, Stretch and Walk.
So there’s your “Big 3.” Three simple things you can do with very minimal effort and time to properly prepare your body for that New Year’s Resolution Zumba Class, Spinning session, or whatever endeavor you choose to tackle in the New Year.
Good Luck, Here’s to a healthier you in 2015!
Author: Fitness Expert, Dave Sinclair