Fitness Goals For 2017
It is that time of the year when we take stock of the year, the goals we set out to achieve and how much we have grown as individuals. The Christmas and New Year holidays are fast approaching and not only will there be an abundance and variety of food, many people will travel and leave their exercise routines behind, to ‘take a break’. Ask yourself; do you take breaks from brushing your teeth and expect them to be clean and healthy? So why take a break from exercising? It is said that the manner in which we end a day, month or year determines how the next begins. Adopt these tips below to keep us on track to starting the New Year on a high note.
Make exercising a priority
Do not let the fact that there is no gym in your village stop you from exercising. Bodyweight and light resistance exercises can be done anywhere and are very effective. Wake up early and get it done before friends and family have the opportunity to distract you.
Eat before leaving the house
This is such a ‘major key’ to avoiding the weight gain that is so prevalent during the holidays. If you have something to eat before going on a trip, to a meeting or dinner, you will be less likely to stuff your face and will be able to be a little more selective given the choices available.
Since you would not be rushing to work or meetings during the holidays so why not take the time to walk to your friend’s house, to the store or to church? You will probably learn a little more about your environment and meet some interesting people along the way. Walking is also a great way to clear your mind, think and plan.
Watch the alcohol and sugary drinks; drink a lot of water
It is okay to have a drink or two but try to avoid binge drinking as alcoholic beverages and sugary drinks are calorie dense and will increase your body’s appetite for food. The likelihood of having a hangover and missing your morning workout is also increased. Did I mention drinking lots of water? It is very important to stay hydrated.
Enjoy those Christmas treats (but in moderation)
Please make sure you enjoy your meals during the holidays. A trick that works when it comes to treats is, eat them if they are only available in that region or during that this time of year. Leave out snacks that are available year round. Remember to watch your portions, can you cut that cake in two and save me a piece?
On that note, here is wishing you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year filled with God’s blessings and great opportunities. Keep striving to be, Stronger Than Yesterday!
Obinna Udora is the founder of FitNigeria™, a health and fitness brand launched in New York, and based in Lagos, Nigeria. His mission is to make fitness enjoyable and available to everyone in Africa, starting from his country, Nigeria.
You can find out more about the brand via social media @fitnigeria. Visit website: www.fitnigeria360.com.