January means, New Year, New Goals. Rather than dive into another “resolution” to lose weight and exercise regularly, try a fresh mindset. In fact, start by ditching the idea of a “New Year’s Resolution” altogether, since the vast majority are false starters.
We’re really talking about building healthy habits in the new year.
Think about it in these three parts.
1. Make small changes that build on themselves.
We often rush to pursue major goals right away, only to get burned out before we’ve had a chance to lay the groundwork for success. We can’t start running with a marathon, or reverse bad eating habits overnight, or immediately lift the heavy weights we could in college. Our bodies aren’t meant to handle that kind of stress.
But if we start slowly and work our way up – say, by aiming for small improvements each workout, then we advance bit by bit, gaining confidence with each step. Our bodies adapt rather than shut down.
2. Focus on muscle, not your weight.
The goal in fitness is to be strong and lean, not skinny. You want to feel better, move better, and look better, and that means strength training and eating enough protein – roughly 1g per pound of ideal body weight each day.
Strength training is essential after 40. It fights sarcopenia, the natural loss of muscle mass as age. Without muscle, we can’t perform the minimal tasks of daily living, let alone the activities we love, and we’re more prone to fall. Strength Training strengthens bones, improves sleep, and lifts depression.
Protein is the building block of muscle, one of three macronutrients, along with fat and carbohydrates. We’ll help you learn how much of each you need every day and teach you how to focus on hitting your macros, not counting calories.
3. Monitor your progress.
Keeping a journal is important to building healthy habits in the new year. If you can track your progress, then you can improve your efforts based on facts, not frustration.
In fact, keeping a fitness journal is so important that we do it for you as part of The Smart Fit Method. Every 28 days, we document your progress in with a Fit3D Smart Scan to get real, quantifiable data providing information beyond just weight. Our powerful AI-assisted tools show precisely where you’re getting stronger, how your cardiovascular system is improving, how your body composition is changing, and more.
Armed with this information, you’ll stay more present in your gains and less distracted by the ever-elusive, always false “ideal” you’ve been led to pursue.
Start Building Healthy Habits in the New Year
These kinds of ideas will get you started on the right path, and they’ll keep you going when that holiday rush of excitement fades. To help you succeed, our method is only three 20-min sessions a week. Come try our efficient, effective and safe method today so you can become the best version of yourself tomorrow.