“New year, new me.” Isn’t that what everyone is saying? It’s refreshing to have a new year, so we make these fitness resolutions and stick to them for as long as we can, maybe even three weeks. Then life ultimately catches up with us when the new semester arrives, and we are once again too busy. So much for eating healthy and exercising, that summer body will just have to wait. So 2016 will roll by, as just another year that you almost got in shape.
Oh wait, except unlike last year or the years before that I wasn’t here to give you advice. Well, I’m here now, and you are sticking to that New Year resolution. I’ll guide you through it, summer body here we come!
Drink more water, drink less soda.
Okay, so I know this is a hard one for a lot of people, but water is vital for your body. Also, you can’t exercise drinking a Dr.Pepper. I promise you that won’t go well. Water is necessary; choose it as your drink at meals, when doing activities and even keep one by your bed at night. If you are someone that just doesn’t enjoy water because of a lack of taste, then try infusing your water with fruit. I am just fine with ordinary water but out of curiosity I made a blueberry orange infused water, and it was incredible!
More Moving, less Netflix and Chilling
There are various ways to get more physical activity into your daily life. Our campus is on a hill for Pete’s sake; you don’t even need a gym—just make that uphill climb to class rather than finding a flat path. Walk up the stairs rather than using the elevators within the buildings. Go window shopping or real shopping at concord mills mall. The mall is set up in a loop formation, and one lap around is equal to one mile. You wouldn’t even know it if I didn’t point it out, but there are so many ways to sneak in exercise into your day.
Become a Yogi
How about yoga? Yes, you too boys. Yoga has so many health benefits it helps with stress, bodily pains and it’s a heck of a workout. If you want to sweat off those winter break pounds then here is your answer, do hot yoga. Hot yoga is when you are put into a standard yoga room with all the intentions to do normal yoga except it’s 99 degrees in there. Our campus offers free yoga classes, but if you’re curious of what exactly hot yoga entails then you can head over to Yoga One on highway 49 and join a class for just five bucks, or get your first month for 30 dollars with an unlimited amount of sessions within that 30 day period. My roommate and I are doing it. See you there.
Get back into a routine.
If you haven’t exercised in a while, then you need to start off slow or I promise you something will be hurting intensely in the morning. If you’re a runner, begin by walking long distances. Unless you live in the high-rises and your car is parked in Lot 25, or what I like to call Siberia, walking to your car doesn’t count. So begin by taking longer walks and then ease into a speed walk, then a jog and eventually a run. Do a type of exercise 2-3 times a week to start, and don’t exercise for longer than 45 minutes. Let your body get back into the routine without straining itself. As the weeks go by, you can add more exercise time and days because your body can now handle it. You know how everyone says push yourself? Yeah, don’t. Do not wait until you’re on the verge of throwing up to stop. Your body gives you signals for a reason, understand and accept those messages. You have reached your limit for this exercise session.
Changing is hard, but it’s necessary, without change there is no progress. So go out there and join a sports club, go out there and buy mason jars to store your infused water, go out there and work your way up to a body you are comfortable with. Good luck and I’ll see you on the beach!
Our dilemma is that we hate change and love it at the same time; what we really want is for things to remain the same but get better. -Sydney J. Harris