New year, new me! How many Facebook and Instagram posts have you already seen this year with that caption? It’s awesome that 2017 gives everyone a clean slate and the opportunity to start anew. But let’s be honest, there are certain commonly made resolutions people make that are tossed aside by mid February. We’ve listed out some of the most common New Year’s resolutions and adjusted them a bit to make them more achievable:
We’ve all had one version of this New Year’s resolution. I’m swearing off carbs. I’m not eating chocolate. I’m cutting my calories in half. But, we’re all human. We’re going to splurge on a giant bowl of pasta, a piece of chocolate cake or that enticing slice of deep dish. Making changes to your diet is a great goal, but there are better ways to set yourself up for success.
Instead … start with small changes. Completely cutting yourself off from certain foods or crash dieting can often be tough to stick to. Making healthy changes doesn’t have to mean drastically altering your diet. Try swapping certain foods for others. For instance, opt for balsamic vinegar mixed with oil over heavy salad dressings, choose brown rice over white, snack on air-popped popcorn instead of chips and top tacos with Greek yogurt instead of sour cream.
This is a great goal to have for 2017. After all, it’s never too late to become a healthier version of yourself. But what does “get fit” really mean? You don’t want to end up being one of those people who vows to go to the gym every day and then gets burnt out by Jan. 28.
Instead … narrow your fitness goals even further. Maybe you want to gain muscle definition, lose 20 pounds or finally get that muscle up you’ve been working on. The more specific you make your goal, the better you can alter your gym routine to achieve it. With a more specific goal, it may be easier to track your progress along the way. At CrossTown’s Lakeview or West Loop gym, our trainers will work with you to help you reach whatever fitness goal you have in mind.
This resolution is definitely easier said than done, but it’s not impossible. Lower stress levels can lead to better immune function, more energy, improved digestion and even a better mood.
Instead … make more time for things you enjoy. You’re not stressed out when you’re focused on doing things you really enjoy. Find something that makes you happy and put it on your calendar each week, whether that’s spending time with friends, sitting down with a good book or hitting your favorite Chicago gym.
Ready to start 2017 on a healthy note? Our West Loop and Lakeview personal trainers are ready to help you reach your goals. Sign up for a group fitness class or plan a session with one of our trainers!