How are those New Year’s resolutions going so far? Are you sticking to them or are you “restarting” again this week? Last week, we published an article in the Dallas South News on how to stick to your weight loss and fitness resolutions. Check it out below.
Stick To Your 2012 Weight Loss and Fitness Resolutions
Getting fit and losing weight are two of the top 10 New Year’s Resolutions that are made and also broken each year. Let’s face it, majority of us have made this resolution some time or another. So, how can you keep and achieve these resolutions for 2012? Here are a few ways women can achieve their new year’s resolutions of getting fit and losing weight.
Schedule Your Workouts
Without proper planning and preparation it’s easy to let that daily workout slip your mind. Scheduling your workouts each week will make them a priority. Try scheduling your workouts on Sunday night before your busy week starts. Setting fitness goals ahead of time and planning your schedule accordingly will make working out less of a hassle.
Lose the Hair Excuses
Ok, ladies, we know hair is a big deal but just like anything else there are ways to work around it. In an article in the New York Times, the Surgeon General noted hair “issues” as the biggest workout excuse by black women.
Let’s turn over a new leaf in 2012 and leave this excuse behind. There are now resources that specifically address this issue. Sporty Afros.com is a blog dedicated to black hair and working out. The site highlights practical workout hair care solutions. The founders of SportyAfros.com wanted to provide hair care guidelines and tutorials in conjunction with realistic workout plans and nutrition tips for black women of all fitness levels. Now in 2012, there is a solution to the “I can’t workout because of my hair” excuses.
Small Changes Equal Big Results
Instead of starting the New Year with a fad diet, start with small, reasonable changes to your nutrition. Here are a few small changes that add up:
- Incorporate lean meats and fish
- Ditch sodas, energy drinks and high calorie drinks
- Choose whole wheat grains instead of white and processed carbs
- Cut out fried food
- Opt for healthier snacks such as nuts, fruit, Greek yogurt or low calorie snack packs
Although these small changes don’t seem like much before you know it, you will have changed all of your unhealthy eating habits to healthy ones!
Just Do It
There will be days when you don’t want to workout but just do it! Training for a race with a friend is a great motivator to keep you working out consistently. Plus, your friend is your built in accountability partner.
Another way to stay motivated is to attend fitness classes that spark your interest. If you enjoy dancing try a Zumba or salsa class. If you don’t have a gym membership, there are weekly fitness classes held in Kiest Park held by veteran aerobics instructor Debi Curry of db Total Fitness. For $2-$3 per class, you can enjoy a workout that combines aerobics, kick boxing, dance and circuit training. If you don’t live in the Dallas area, you can check our BeautifulBrwnBabyDol. Dr.Nina specializes in weight loss and also covers hair care as well. She is rated one of the top 5 video blogger for 2011.
Drink More Water
Water is a critical component of our bodies. Drinking plenty of water aids in growing healthy hair and helps you feel full, which will keep you from over eating or needless snacking. Lack of water directly results in the body’s inability to function properly. Try incorporating teas, fruit and fresh herbs such as mint to your water to add flavor and unlock other nutritional benefits.
Whitney Patterson and Alexandria Williams are two triathletes who started SportyAfros.com after constantly being asked how they maintained their curly/coily hair while sticking to a consistent workout routine. Sporty Afros is the first site to connect the dots between hair care, exercise and nutrition. For more information or details on hair, fitness, and nutrition feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org