New Year, New You

If health and wellness is what you want in 2012, here is your plan.

The key is to set goals that are realistic and specific, and having a set time period as your goal will help you stick to a new fitness regime. Write down your plan of action for every day, week, etc. Make sure it is something you can measure and not just the end goal, but the milestones along the way.

I have a wall calendar that I only use for recording and planning workouts, so that is my first to do list each day and I can track my progress and plan cross-​​training routines like jogging, muscle and cardio interval workouts, yoga and more.

Start with a plan that you think you can accomplish or exceed. (Walking for 30 minutes at a time. Then running for 20 minutes and see how many times you have to stop and walk each time. Eventually work up to running for 30 minutes and so on. It can also be benching a certain amount of weight each week.)

Figure out what your barriers to exercise and eating well are, and make a plan to conquer and avoid those specific barriers. Take each barrier or excuse and write down ways you can solve the problem.

Time is a barrier for everyone. If you make time for you first, then it won’t hang over your head all day as something else on your to do list. If you work out early in the day, you will start your day off with a natural high for your entire body. You will be in a better mood, be able to tackle difficult or mundane tasks with a happier outlook and more energy, fall asleep faster at night, and set a good example for your kids or friends that working out should be part of everyone’s day. Mulitask your muscle moves and throw in cardio intervals to cut your workout time in half, but up the calorie burn and intensity. (I do this in my line of fitness DVDs on www​.nikkifitness​.com).

Finally, keep following the Daily PT. Make it your home page for inspiration each day.
Fitness — fit it in this New Year!