If you’re like most people, the resolutions you made with so much intention on December 31 have all but fizzled out by now, but you’re not alone. Most people give up on their New Year’s resolutions after six weeks, but that doesn’t mean you can’t improve your health and reach new goals beginning today. At SWEAT in Dallas, TX, we want to help you achieve your fitness goals and live a healthier lifestyle, one that you can maintain and benefit from year-round.
1. Drink More Water
As simple as it may sound, increasing your water intake can lead to dramatic results. When you don’t drink enough water, your body holds onto water which causes bloating, so if you’re looking to see more definition, focus on hydrating your body during and after workouts and throughout the day.
Doing so will prevent water retention, expose muscle definition, increase endurance, and regulate body temperature and heart rate. Increasing your daily water intake promotes healthy skin, eliminates toxins, improves digestion, and can help you lose weight. Focusing on drinking water throughout the day can prevent intermittent snacking since many people mistake hunger signals for what is actually thirst.
2. Cut Out Sugar
Another easy way to improve your health and body composition is by cutting out excess sugar. You don’t have to go on an aggressive, no-sugar, 60-day challenge, although, for some, that may be the catalyst that helps them eliminate sugar altogether.
You can begin this process by developing an awareness of the excess sugars in your diet and then take steps to slowly cut them out. In the process, you will break your sugar addiction and transition into a low-sugar lifestyle. Sugar causes inflammation and can prevent you from losing stubborn fat in different body areas. It also can contribute to hormonal fluctuations, low energy levels, and imbalanced blood sugar.
Read your ingredient labels to find hidden sugars in common foods, like prepared salad dressings, sauces, drinks, and savory items. Swap those foods for no-sugar options, and you’ll see positive health and body composition changes. As you slowly begin to eliminate sugar from your diet, you’ll notice that natural sugar found in fruits and natural sweeteners like stevia tastes far sweeter than it used to and even better, you’ll take control of your health and break that sugar addiction, so you no longer feel like sugar has control over you.
3. Work With a Personal Trainer
If you’re already tired of your January workouts, feel lost in the gym, or just need someone to motivate you and keep you accountable to reach certain fitness goals this year, you can benefit from working with a personal trainer. Our personal trainers know exactly how hard and far to push you during your workouts to ensure you get the most out of that hour.
When you commit to your training sessions and put in the work, a trainer can help you create dramatic changes in your physique and help you continue to improve on those changes over time. Our trainers can design fitness plans for individuals of all fitness levels, even women during pregnancy or women in the postpartum stage.
4. Move More
One of the simplest ways to improve your lifestyle and fitness level is to move more often. Some people fall into the thinking pattern that caloric expenditure only occurs in a gym setting or in that hour to hour and a half that you designate for your daily workout. However, there are plenty of calorie-burning opportunities that you can capitalize on throughout your day.
If you work a sedentary job in an office setting, set alarms to get up and walk for at least five to ten minutes throughout your workday. If you work from home, add one to two 20 to 30 minutes walks into your day. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, and park farther away from the door at the office or when you’re out running errands. Jump on the trampoline with your kids, and even take a short power walk or burn calories, promote circulation, and maintain a steady endorphin release throughout the day.
5. Try Something New
It’s no secret that fitness advancements and new workouts go hand-in-hand. If you’ve been stuck in a fitness rut, staying in that rut will not help you progress. Trying something new is an excellent way to use different muscles and shock your body, forcing it to respond and visibly improve. One of the easiest ways to add new movements to your routine is to join a group fitness class.
If you’re used to solo workouts or even rely on personal training sessions two to three times a week for your workouts, add at least one group fitness class to your weekly routine. You’ll burn extra calories and shock your muscles. At SWEAT, we offer group fitness classes for all fitness levels.
Our group fitness classes will motivate you, allow you where you’re free to go at your own pace and challenge your muscles. You’ll perform moves and routines that you otherwise wouldn’t in your normal workouts.
Achieve Your 2023 Goals at SWEAT
Improving your lifestyle and advancing your fitness level doesn’t require a lengthy list of impossible-to-maintain New Year’s resolutions. All you need is the determination to make daily choices to improve your health and to be consistent. Contact us today at SWEAT in Dallas, TX, to learn more about personal training sessions, group fitness classes, membership options, and our facility.