It’s that time of year when many of us are already struggling to stay true to our New Year’s resolutions.
Are you on track to lose those 20 extra pounds?
How are those skinny jeans fitting?
Getting back to your pre-baby figure or losing your love handles are worthwhile endeavors, for sure. But to keep your motivation from flagging, you need to focus on something deeper — a goal that will sustain you well beyond 2016 while giving you a profound appreciation for the transformative power of exercise.
The good news is, it’s never too late to reframe your resolution.
Rather than aspiring to a body-centric goal, dig deeper with these five resolutions:
1. Be a goal-getter
Commit to participate in at least one fitness event that you’ve never tried before. Choose something appealing and challenging, whether it be a 5K running race, Tough Mudder or a multi-sport competition. Make it even more meaningful by signing on to an event that raises money for a cause, like cancer research. Then, dedicate yourself to training toward that goal.
2. Rewrite your genetic blueprint
Does heart disease run in your family? Start running! Exercise has a remarkable ability to help us overcome our genetic lot, whether it’s a predisposition to a physical illness or a mental disorder. Take your fitness regimen the next level and make yourself the strongest branch on your family tree.
3. Model a healthy lifestyle for others
When your health improves, it shows — and not only on your waistline. Taking care of yourself gives you more confidence and improves your mood. This, in turn, inspires your family, friends and coworkers to follow your lead. By modeling a healthy lifestyle, you’re doing a good deed for those you care about — and gaining new training partners in the process!
4. Perform better
Staying active helps us move through our days with ease. We have better balance and straighter posture. We eat more mindfully and sleep more deeply. We take fewer sick days and have fewer problems concentrating. When you resolve to improve your performance in 2016, you resolve to become a more resilient version of yourself.
5. Bring structure to your life
In order to dedicate yourself to healthy living, you have to allocate time in your schedule to working out. When you do that, your days become more structured, helping you stay organized and on top of your goals — personal and professional. At the same time, you’re more adaptable when life throws disruptions into your routine.
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