However, if you find yourself bombarded by the social pressure created by all your friends having resolutions, just want something to talk about for the next few months when all the resolution conversations come up or find comfort in the smugness that comes with sticking to your resolutions when the majority have not (an estimated 80%-90% of NYR fail); Here in no particular order are 5 Performance Locker approved resolutions.
- Get More Sleep
“I really hate sleeping”, said by no one. Ever.
Adequate sleep makes everything else better and can be the one thing keeping you from hitting other fitness/wellness goals. We as humans need at least 7-8 hours per night, no exceptions (you can argue this number but you’d be wrong). Unlike most resolutions this one actually gets easier the longer you do it! Give it a month and we promise you’ll be hooked.
- You Know What Foam Roller You Have, USE IT!!
We know you purchased this round thing with the best of intentions; time to dust it off and put it to some good use. This is the #1 best ever piece of home “workout” equipment. Many of us have some kind of soft tissue issue or imbalance and this is one of the most effective and low-cost options to dealing with them. These issues can often take 3-6 months of consistent work to clear up so getting on that roller 3-5 times a week during down time (while watching TV, before bed, etc.) will pay HUGE dividends down the road (did someone say increased performance and decreased risk of injury?). Bonus, rolling can help stimulate your parasympathetic nervous system response (rest and digest) helping your body and mind relax and stimulating more restful sleep.
- Sit Less
Nothing magical here. Find out how many hours you are sitting a day and set out to decrease it. This is one of the easiest ways to increase activity, improve posture, increase mobility and lessen stress on your low back and neck. Start small, if you work behind a desk try to stand up every 15 minutes or so, stand while waiting (like at the airport) or lessen activates that promote excessive sitting like watching TV.
- Eat Real Food
Losing weight is one of the most popular goals people strive for each calendar turn leading to a drastic rise in fad diets and supplement sales. If you really want to lose weight, keep your actions simple and sustainable by choosing real food options over heavily processed ones. How do you define “real food”, items that don’t come in a wrapper and/or items that WILL go bad. Want to really up your game on this one? Stick with food choice that YOU have prepared. There is no better way to be confident with food when you prepare it to put it into your body.
- Get Outside
Take however much time you currently spend outside … and increase it. Ever notice how outdoor enthusiasts are always in a pretty good mood? Ever notice how that when you’re stuck in the windowless office building all day you are not in a good mood? The science and benefits to increased outdoor time are too numerous to name and too strong to argue against but the gist is it’s really really really good for you. Lastly, it’s fun!
Looking forward to sharing an interesting, active, and wholesome 2018 with you!