The start of a new year brings new opportunities for you to reinvent yourself. Sometimes the pressure to do it all at once can interfere with your efforts to actually achieve the fitness goals you outlined. With limited access to in-person gyms and studios on top of that, you might feel even more lost. By setting realistic, measurable goals and utilizing your existing resources, you can make “New Year, New You” a reality. Whether you are looking to improve your mental health, your fitness, or your diet, here are some at-home tips from Gympass to help you get started:
- Set a schedule, but don’t be too rigid. Set reasonable expectations for yourself and workout at times that you feel most energized. Whether you meal prep for the week, try online therapy once a week, or regularly attend high-intensity interval training (HIIT) classes five times a week, establish a routine that will best fit your schedule and needs.
- Redefining home gym equipment. Though it would be nice to have a full gym in your home, you do not need it to have a great workout. Swap dumbbells for full bottles of water, use a chair for elevated push-ups or step-ups, and stretch with a towel instead of a resistance band. Find a new purpose for every-day objects!
- Start with small goals. If you want to eventually run a marathon, start by running for 5 minutes without a break. If you want to become better at meditation, start incorporating breathing exercises into your routine. These small efforts will amount to your bigger goals and it can be exciting to witness your progress.
- Recovery is just as important. Be sure to give your body breaks throughout the day to unwind and reset. Listen to a 10-minute guided meditation after a work call. Nurture your body after exercising, by stretching and staying hydrated. Prioritize getting a night of quality sleep and set yourself up for a better tomorrow by unplugging before bed.
No matter what activities you enjoy, make it a goal to move every day in a way that you love. Your wellness journey is a constant effort, so every time you engage in wellness activities will bring you closer to feeling good - mind, body, and mood.