10 Resolutions You Can Start Now

Posted On Dec 28, 2014 By Bowflex Insider Team

10 Easy Fitness Resolutions You Can Start Now

Have you thought about your goals or resolutions for 2015? The holidays are already here, and it's easy to overlook the opportunity for self-improvement ahead. Whether you've been planning all year, or are just now brainstorming your next steps, this is the perfect time to challenge yourself with a new health or fitness-focused goal.

Here are 10 simple resolutions and goals that you can get started on now:

  1. Get some rest. A full-night of sleep can deliver amazing results, both mentally and physically. Commit to at least 7-8 hours of sleep each night. This means pulling the plug on any electronics and setting a bedtime for yourself, if needed.
  2. Spend time with loved ones. Spending quality time with friends and family can impact you in a variety of ways. Positive relationships play a big part in our mental health. Use the holiday season to reconnect and make plans for the New Year.
  3. Aim for balanced meals. The holidays are one of the hardest times of the year to start a new diet, but that doesn't mean you can't be aware of what's on your plate. Aim for a full serving of veggies or fruit, try lean meats for protein and avoid too many extra carbs – no matter how delicious that stuffing might be.
  4. Find time for you. It's easy to get caught up in the holiday rush, but don't forget to stop for a breather. Set a goal to dedicate at least 30 minutes each day to you – whether it's finding time to read the newspaper or taking a walk to clear your head.
  5. Explore new recipes. The New Year is a great opportunity to explore tasty new dishes. Start building a list now of delicious, healthy recipes you want to try, and then add one to your family's holiday dinner menu. See here for some inspiration.
  6. Get out and move. "Working out more" is an easy resolution to make, but maintaining it is the real challenge. Find a routine that works for you, and use the holidays to jumpstart your new habit and keep it going into 2015.
  7. Find healthy snack options. This time of year, there's no shortage of delicious treats and finger foods. But these snacks can really make a dent in your daily calorie intake. Resolve to find healthier snack options – like a handful of fresh veggies or nuts – that will keep you full without ruining your healthy habits.
  8. Practice mindfulness. Meditation can be a powerful way to stay stress free during the holidays and into the New Year. Dedicate 15 minutes every day – right as you get up or before heading to bed – to reflect on your day and clear your head before the next big thing.
  9. Smile and say thank you more. Boost your mood by practicing gratitude. The giving season is a perfect time to remind yourself to smile and say thank you for the little things.
  10. Find a fun new workout option. If you're tired of your same old workout routine, the New Year is a great time to explore new options. Challenge yourself to try a new group workout class, training regime or workout machine to mix up your fitness efforts.

The Bowflex Insider Team wishes you a very happy holiday season!