No matter how fit and healthy you are, we’re all making New Year’s resolutions to be better than ever. As we like to say, there’s always room for improvement — whether it be physical, emotional or otherwise. Unfortunately, we humans don’t always embrace change with open arms. But don’t lose hope yet; you can endure big transformations by taking baby-sized steps. So, pull on your big-boy pants and let’s get moving!
If you want to achieve better eating habits: Make small, gradual changes to your diet in order to establish a sustainable routine. For example, set a goal to try a new vegetable each week. Forcing yourself to eat salad for every meal or banning desserts from your kitchen will only cause frustration and likely lead to binge eating later. On the other hand, introducing a single new food to your plate feels more reasonable — and might even be a fun culinary adventure for your taste buds!
If you want to start exercising regularly: Start with a simple, no-frills exercise just three days per week. When you’re new to exercise, stick to walking around your neighborhood for 10 minutes or doing crunches during commercial breaks. For more active folks, aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise every other day. After a month of consistent exercising on your own, consider joining a gym for motivational group classes, more equipment options and expert advise from staff and trainers that will help keep you injury free.
If you want to save money: Shop smarter for the things you always buy. Food, diapers, shampoo — these are all essentials that you can’t (and shouldn’t) live without. Luckily, there’s Vitacost.com, where you can save not only money but your precious time, too. Simply shop, click and order. Before you know it, you’ll have a box sitting on your doorstep. Make your life even easier by using their Set & Save program, which automatically ships your favorite items on a schedule you choose. Plus, you’ll save an extra 10% on Bonus Brands.
Amy Marsh is a four-time Ironman champion, two-time IronDistance champion, and was named the 2010 USAT Long Distance Triathlete of the Year. Brandon Marsh has been competing in triathlons since 1988, and can be counted on to be a top-10 contender in every event he enters. Got a question about swim-bike-run or sports nutrition for Team Marsh? Email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. ‘Like’ them on Facebook or follow on Twitter: Brandon @BrandonMarshTX and Amy @AmyCMarsh.