Corks pop, the ball drops, and merriment abounds as we ring in the New Year. The stroke of midnight, however, signifies more than the entry into 2015. It’s a chance to reassess your health and fitness priorities to create a new, better you in the upcoming year. According to self-help gurus like Gretchen Rubin, 24 percent of Americans fail at their annual resolutions. Though such stats are grim, we have faith that you—and we—can secure a much higher success rate. Here are three steps to help you attend to your body, mind and soul in 2015.
1. Track every step
Invest in fitness tracker apps and technology like the Fitbit, a high-tech pedometer that records both daily and nighttime activities. Even when it’s soggy outside, health and fitness trackers can help coach you through almost any excuse so you can hike happily in the rain. Make a concerted effort to exercise more consistently amid the beauty of the Pacific Northwest with sports such as running, cycling and skiing. You can also add more steps to your daily routine by choosing the stairs over the elevator or running errands by foot instead of by car. Also, be sure to check out EveryMove, a healthy-living program that rewards you for being active with incentives from your health plan, employer or favorite brands.
2. Plan before you shop
Jump-start a new and improved eating regimen with the use of sites like Serve it Up! This thorough website provides daily recipe ideas, a “food finder” that teaches you key facts about the products you regularly enjoy, a community network to connect to like-minded foodies and pre-built grocery lists. You can even learn shopping tips from nutritionists based on your personal preferences. Before mindlessly hitting the market, look up healthy recipes online for everything from crock pot creations to juicing gems. Be sure to also check out some delicious seasonal ideas from local food bloggers like our favorites from Portland and Seattle.
3. Enlist a support team
One of the best ways to stick to a resolution is to make yourself accountable to a buddy. Take a moment to map out realistic goals that can be accomplished in bite-size portions. Be specific, and break it down by week or by day. Then share the list with a family member or friend who you can count on to enthusiastically root you on. Better yet, join forces and tackle goals together. Try support groups such as King 5’s Get Fit Facebook group, Meetup crews such as the Seattle-based Sweaty Betties, Happiness Project circles or running groups.
Through it all, remember that slip-ups do happen, but every day is a chance to get back on track. Happy New Year!