The new year is a magical time, sparkling with the promise of smashing goals and generally kicking life’s butt.
You get this renewed determination, so often lost in the flurry of pavlova and eggnog during the silly season… we’ve all been there. Without the blur of Christmas lights, though, we can see where we want to be this year. Half the fun is figuring out a way to get there!
I’m set on making 2014 my best year yet, so over the last few weeks, I’ve been brainstorming some of my health and fitness goals.
So, here’s my grand plan for the “Year of Me” (aka 2014):
1. Get back into my running groove.
I’ve been kicked out of the running game for over a year due to a string of injuries, and I miss it more than ever. It used to be my go-to way to workout and way to let off steam – nothing compares to that runner’s high! So this year, I’m going to get my run back on!
2. Practice yoga once a week.
I’ve had a pretty rocky relationship with yoga, kind of getting into it off and on, a few classes here and there… but never really committing. I’ve heard about all the life-changing benefits, from stretching and strengthening, to injury prevention and relaxation, and it sounds pretty damn good. It’s time to dedicate myself to at least 1 class a week.
3. Focus on my eating: think adding more to my day, rather than taking things away.
With all the information out there about what we “shouldn’t eat”, “should cut from our diet”, etc, it’s easy to get sucked into restricting things you probably secretly adore. This year, I want to focus on adding health to my day, whenever I can – I’m talking green juices with brekkie, or having cut-up veggies on hand to snack on, and other sneaky ways to amp up the nutrition in my day. However, my daily cappuccino and a few pieces of chocolate ain’t going anywhere. Girl needs treats! 😉
4. Start following that weight lifting program I’ve been meaning to.
Sometime last year I was trawling through Bodybuilding.com to find a weights program to suit my goals, which were to build lean muscle and tone up. I wanted a plan that split body parts into days, for example, on Wednesdays, we do “leg day” (sly Mean Girls reference!). Sure enough, I was able to enter my stats and goals to personalise a program, and I was so excited to get stuck into it – except one small detail: I just… didn’t. So this year, I’m going to get on that!
Now, just to continue on with the New Year high, in partnership with Fitness First I’m running an incredible giveaway! These gems will help you in your journey to a fitter, healthier you this year, and keep that energy buzzing.
Fitness First has recently made their own #changeforthebest, introducing some exciting new initiatives:
1. The option to pay as you go
2. The New You awards to help motivate Aussies everywhere to stay true to their health & fitness resolutions
To celebrate, one lucky winner will receive the following prize pack:
To enter, leave a comment below with your top 3 health and fitness goals of 2014, or what you want to achieve this year.
Unfortunately, only my Australian readers can enter, but I’d still love to hear from my international readers anyway!
The competition will close at 12am on the 1st of February, and then I’ll be judging the responses and picking a winner.
Best of luck everyone!
So, let’s kick this exciting competition off:
What are your health and fitness goals of 2014?
What would you like to achieve this year?