By now, I’m sure those of you who made your ‘New Year’s Resolutions’ are either really regretting the decision, or struggling with the routine, or have given up already. While I know there are a handful of people that feel great and are sticking with their goals, this is for those of you who may be feeling like you set your sites a bit too high.
Consider this; animals, in the cool of winter, tend to pack on more weight to help keep them fueled and warm through the winter. The hibernating bear is probably the best example of this that pops into everyone’s mind. I only make that point to make this one; a friend of mine (who is a body builder) and I were talking healthy living and he made a point about ‘New Year’s Resolutions’ and the time of year.
“Most people are spinning their wheels,” he stated. “Your body, like a bears, naturally stores weight this time of year. As weather warms up, your body changes modes.”
While this makes absolute common sense, it is a fact that you wouldn’t even consider unless someone actually mentioned it to you. If you are exercising and not seeing results; even with a good balanced diet and exercise; don’t be so quick to get discouraged. A good exercise routine with at least 30 minutes of Cardio a day might not be yielding the results you want based on your bodies’ attempt to continue to store fat. Try increasing you Cardio workouts and really focus on your diet! Fruits, veggies, and lean proteins! The summer sun is fast approaching and if you want to look your best; stay strong with your resolutions and try to improve your workout every time you are in the gym. Walk a little further, jog a little longer, lift a little more!
Competing with yourself is an excellent way to gauge your own improvement and help keep yourself motivated.