Try Something Bold to Boost Your Fitness Goals
Thursday, December 27, 2018
The most common New Year’s resolution includes some variation of improving health and increasing physical activity. Too often, these goals are set and little action is taken.
These goals are admirable and worthwhile, but this year, consider taking big action steps to achieve them. These bold moves may be the big shift you need to make real, long-term change in your health and fitness.
Teach a Class
In an effort to improve one’s own health, an underutilized approach is to focus on the health of others. Shifting our focus and getting inspired to help others can have a significant impact on our well-being.
In 2019, consider teaching a fitness class yourself. You do not need professional experience to affect those around you. Having a passion for movement such as Zumba or yoga, or being able to create a great music playlist for spin or step class, may be all you need to get started.
Ask your local fitness facility what opportunities are available to you to get certified to teach, and make 2019 a great year for you and others.
Get a Pet
There is no purer joy than the smile on a puppy’s face when they are let outside to explore. This year, take the leap and get a pet. Disregard the stressful moments, and consider how much love and activity a pet can bring to your life. Consider that adding a 20-minute walk each day to your routine will accumulate more than 120 hours of extra walking per year. This level of activity can lead to exactly the kind of happiness and fitness you need in the New Year.
Hire a Trainer
Did you set health and fitness goals at the start of 2018? Did you achieve those goals? Or did you set them and forget them? This may be the year to take the next step of hiring a personal trainer.
Whether it is for the accountability needed to complete your workouts, or for an expert in program design to take your workouts to the next level, a personal trainer is your answer. If you are thinking of hiring a personal trainer, be on the lookout at your fitness facility for New Year’s promotions to get started.
Commit to a Carless Commute
Commuting to work is a heart-healthy and earth-friendly way to add fitness into your 2019 routine. When it comes to achieving your health and fitness goals, consistency is key. Commit to go carless once or twice per week and watch your yearly miles add up fast.
Many companies are making improvements to be more commuter-friendly including shower facilities, bike racks and insurance incentives. Consider investing in a new bike, one built with commuter-specific storage, tires, comfort and efficiency.
Volunteer for Youth Sports
Help kids in your area find the same love and passion for sports that you had growing up. Whether it is football, baseball, soccer or basketball, coaching is more far more than X’s and O’s. Making a true impact as a coach means being on the court or field with your team, leading by example. If you want to be active and relive your glory days, consider coaching a local youth sports team. This opportunity will have a long-term positive impact on you and your players.
Simple step-by-step approaches are effective for many people. For others, big shifts may be necessary to achieve big health and fitness goals. Take bold action steps and make 2019 an incredible year for you and others.
Nick Rozek Greater Green Bay YMCA
East Side Healthy Living Director & Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist