The most common New Year’s resolution is to shed a few pounds and get in shape. Well, that time of the year has come once again and everyone promises themselves that it’s a new year and a new you will be the outcome. Why not? A new year is a great excuse to wake up and smell the roses. It’s December 31st and you’re stuck in the same routine you’re dying to break out of. January 1st finally comes and BAM! Total life change. You have a whole new eating schedule, your grocery shopping lists shifts in items and you find yourself Youtubing workout videos.

In order to maintain this healthy lifestyle you’re preparing to encounter for more than a week, there are a few things you can do. It is crucial that you don’t put your body in total shock. You just came out of the holiday season where binge eating 20 cookies was totally acceptable. Obviously that’s not the case anymore. You can’t limit yourself to only salads and water and expect to lose five pounds in a few days. Setting realistic goals for yourself is key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

This also holds true for working out, not only eating. Let’s be honest, it’s probably been a while since you’ve been on a treadmill or lifted some weights. You cannot overdo it the first day you decide you want to be active. You have to ease into things to make sure you don’t injure yourself. Instead of doing an hour of cardio try and do twenty-thirty minutes to see how much your body can handle. Same thing goes for weights. It is so incredibly easy to pull a muscle or tear a ligament by over exerting yourself. Work your way up the weights rack slowly and carefully.

Keep yourself on track with a healthy, positive mind frame and the sky’s the limit. Setting yourself realistic goals will not only help keep you focused but it will make sure failure isn’t an option. It’s a new year so try new things. Have fun in the kitchen and create new healthy recipes. Be creative with your workouts to ensure you don’t get bored too quick. Think outside of the box this New Year and stay healthy.

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