By Sammy Cusimano
It’s a New Year! Now is the best time to turn over a new leaf and start a brand new routine of exercise and eating right. You owe it to yourself to live a higher quality of life in 2016. The way to get there is by doing the right exercises and eating the right foods. Here are seven effective tips to help you get started on the right foot for your New Year’s resolution:
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day not only because your body needs a balanced meal for energy and mental sharpness, but also because it strengthens the metabolism. Make sure to include at least one serving of protein (ex: egg whites), one serving of a complex carbohydrate (ex: oatmeal), and one serving of fruit (ex: apple).
Change up your exercise routine regularly
Your body is built to adapt after a while to your exercise routine. To avoid getting stuck at a plateau, change the exercises and workout program that you do on a regular basis to keep the body challenged and continuously developing.
Get more sleep
In today’s fast-paced world, sleep can be the first casualty of a hectic daily schedule. It is important to find a way to get enough sleep though because it is during a good night’s rest that the human body recovers and resets itself from the demands of a busy and challenging day. Try to take a short “power nap” for 15-20 minutes if you did not get a full 7-8 hours of sleep the night before.
Make fitness fun
You will be much more likely to stick with working out each day if you incorporate a lot of fun activities into your routine. Try cycling, boxing, yoga or any other physical activities that interest you to create variety and freshness to your routine. Step out of your comfort zone and take a new class, like TRX suspension training. It will keep you invigorated as you pursue your fitness goals.
There is strength in numbers. Find a friend or two and start a workout routine together for the New Year. Camaraderie is very powerful. Having positive, supportive people alongside you as you venture into a new fitness routine will help keep you accountable for doing your part to stay disciplined and motivated. When that early 6:00 a.m. alarm goes off in the morning, you won’t want to let your workout partner down by not showing up at the gym. You will get that extra push that you need to get out of bed and seize the day.
Try new training techniques
Instead of the traditional rest sets (ex: perform one set of 10 repetitions then rest for 60 seconds), use faster paced techniques such as supersets (alternating between two exercises continuously with no rest), drop sets (lowering the weight immediately after a set of an exercise and continuously doing one set after another), and circuit training (performing one set of 3 or more exercises consecutively in a rotation which is repeated after all exercises are completed).
Set short-term and long-term goals
Mental organization is so important on the road to results in fitness. You need to have a clear map of where you are going and how you are going to get there. Write down your short-term goals and long-term goals. Post them in a place where you will see them easily every day. This will help you stay focused and not be diverted from your routine.
For many people, the hardest part of getting healthy and in shape is knowing where to start. Follow these tips to begin a new active lifestyle that your future self will thank you for in days to come.
The new and improved version of yourself is waiting for you in 2016!
Sammy Cusimano is the founder of Genesys Training based out of New Orleans, LA and has been a professional trainer since 2001. His experience with training clients ranges from competitive athletes to senior citizens. Cusimano’s goal as a trainer is to help clients safely reach their fitness potential and become the best version of themselves for overall health and wellness.