While January brings no shortage of diets and fitness programs vying for your attention, it is important to keep the following tips in mind as you set health and fitness goals for the upcoming year.
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2013 is here and with it comes the opportunity to right all the wrongs of the past year and holiday season. While January brings no shortage of diets and fitness programs vying for your attention, it is important to keep the following tips in mind as you set health and fitness goals for the upcoming year:
Be honest. Take time to evaluate your goals from last year. Identify the things you did right and the areas where you fell short. Plan how you can amend your behavior or supplement things you are currently doing to increase effectiveness. Give yourself credit where deserved and plan little rewards to stay motivated. Inevitably with any new fitness program or diet there will be good and bad days, but honest daily assessments will make all the difference as you move forward.
Be realistic. Extreme plans of action are never balanced so be aware of any diets promising dramatic results that are not rooted in lifestyle changes. If a diet dictates you make changes to the way you eat but is not paired with an exercise component, any results achieved will be hard to sustain. Also, make certain any fitness program you undertake is a good match for your physical capabilities, lifestyle, and financial resources.
Be vigilant. Whenever you begin a new diet or fitness routine, it is important to stay on top of any potential problems or complications you identify. Be aware of any illnesses you are at risk for and be sure to watch for warning signs that develop or worsen. A program that is a good fit should not cause your body distress. Scale back level of intensity and consult your doctor if any problem persists.
Applying these guidelines to any goals you set this year will reap better results over the long-term.
Miesha Wilson is the owner and master trainer at Nu Life Fitness Camp, a lifestyle based weight management and group fitness facility that specializes in providing high impact training in a supportive environment for reasonable prices. Wilson is certified in the state of Ohio for personal training and group fitness by the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America and as a nutrition advisor by American Fitness Training of Athletics. She is also holds a BBA from Tiffin University and a MBA from Indiana Wesleyan. For more information on Nu Life Fitness Camp visit www.nulifefitnesscamp.com or call (216) 391-4442.