New Year ♦ New You | Even though I’m sure the current you is fabulous…

A lot of people make New Years resolutions, but where do you start? I find it’s easiest to take inventory of your life. What things are going well, and what needs to change?

Health and fitness seems to be one of the most common. It’s something I think I’ve got a pretty good handle on, so I want to share my tips with you.

As I said, it’s so common to hear people want to improve in this category. So much that my gym is super crowded for the first 3 weeks of January. By the end of the month, 95% of them are gone. If starting a fitness routine is on your list, here are some tips to help it stick: start with something that’s in line with your level of fitness. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been in my Barre class and had someone come in and say it’s their first time working out in over 3 years! Start slowly. Hop on an elliptical machine, or walk on a treadmill at an incline if you’re just starting out. If you jump into the deep end too soon, and the workout is way to difficult for your level of fitness, you won’t enjoy it or stick with it.

Speaking of enjoyment, pick an activity you like. There are so many classes out there, pick one that interests you. Like to dance? Try a Zumba style class.

It’s even easier if you have a workout partner. You can hold each other accountable, and it’s less intimidating if you have a friend with you. Make sure you select a facility that’s convenient to you. If you have to get stuck in traffic, or battle a crowded small parking lot, you’ll be less likely to go.

Get some new workout clothes that you feel good in.

This is especially important if you haven’t exercised in a while. Chances are your old workout clothes are just that, old. Blah. Who wants to wear that??! Obviously, you’ll want to pick clothes that are flattering, but make sure they are comfortable and functional for the activity you’ll be doing. Case in point: I have this really cute cropped t-shirt that I love, but when I do any inverted poses in barre it falls over my head!

A good sports bra and flattering, but comfortable leggings are a must.

Don’t workout on an empty stomach.

A lot of people (myself included) exercise in the morning. You might be tempted to rush out the door without eating, but you’ll have less energy or possibly even get lightheaded. One of my favorite things to make is a toasted slice of sweet potato topped with avocado. It’s super easy. Slice the sweet potato at medium thickness. Too thick and it won’t cook through, too thin and it will burn. Put it in the toaster and slather it with avocado when it’s done. Add some salt, chili oil or flakes and you’re all set!

Stick with it!

It’s common for people give up when they feel sore or tired after a workout. Unless you’re in excruciating pain, some soreness is to be expected. Keep going! The more you exercise, the stronger you’ll get. The soreness will stop soon! People also get discouraged when they don’t see results as quickly as they’d like. Be realistic. Someone who hasn’t exercised in 3 years shouldn’t expect to see results in a week. Also, muscle weighs more than fat. If you loose fat and gain muscle, don’t let the number on the scale discourage you. Personally, I rarely weigh myself. I can tell if I’m doing better or worse by my energy levels and how my clothes fit.

Get out there and get started! The sooner you take the first step, the closer you get to your goals!

Happy New Year!

Xo Tasha Juli

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