Plan your New Year fitness resolution!

Dare to dream of a leaner fitter body? Here is how to plan your New Year’s Fitness Resolution.

Love your body, Love thy self: Respect God’s gift of life and re-unite with yourself. The self-realization of the importance of a healthy lifestyle starts when you value yourself and your body, thus, in turn take steps in the right direction to stay fit and healthy. Your attitude matters the most.

Stop procrastinating: Step 2 of initializing your fitness regime begins with getting rid of the habit of procrastination. One needs to understand that the “I begin from tomorrow” never happens. There will never be that ideal condition or day or minute or hour to start your fit lifestyle. It is always better to start altering your lifestyle to be healthy NOW rather than NEVER.

Set Smart Goals: Step 3 towards your healthy lifestyle requires you to set well-educated, in turn measurable and realistic goals. Try not set impossible or difficult to achieve goals. Also, never resolve for goals while in anger OR on failure to achieve results. Resolutions taken under aggressive state of mind are very likely to be broken causing failure and demotivation. Do not expect outstanding results at moderate efforts and within short durations.

Weight Management:Target on achieving a healthy body weight. Balance your calories from food intake with calories you expend.

Physical Activity: Chalk out a plan to Engage in atleast 30 mins of moderate-intensity physical activity on most days of the week to lead a healthy mind and a healthy body.

A body has 656 to 850 muscles. It is imperative that your exercise regime is well defined to tone the right muscles by providing adequate amount of work-out and stress on the intended muscles. It is also important to value cardio-vascular exercises.An appropriate weekly fitness regime with the correct mix of Weight Training, Cardio Vascular exercises and Strength and Endurance Training is very important.

Target on reducing body fat percentage and increasing the healthy muscle mass. Take care of your body posture while sitting, standing, driving for a healthy bone health.

Food: Consume a sufficient amount of fibre rich fruits and green leafyvegetables to increase your immune system.
Limit intake of fats and oils. Choose to prepare foods with little salt. Consume potassium-rich foods.

Drink plenty of water. Reduce intake of processed and starchy foods.

Take Action: Step 5 needs you to resolve for the most difficult part – taking action. Resolutions turn into impulsive thoughts if not acted upon. You cannot expect results without taking action. Find unique ways to motivate yourself – there is no bigger will than yours that can help you achieve your fitness goals. Your own Self-realization and perseverance are your driving factors.

Body Rest: Mandate yourself to adequate rest. One should target for 8 hours of sleep every night. A heavy workout without time provided for the body to rest can cause fatigue and undesirable results. It is highly recommended to have the right mix of exercise and rest within a week.

Cleanse your Life-style: Spend some weeks without smoking and drinking and you will experience the difference in your mind and body. Appropriate workout, healthy food and zero toxic will boast your fitness levels and in turn, acts as a catalyst for positive thoughts, will prevent you from the risk of liver, heart diseases, hypertension, stroke, mental deterioration and cancer.

Innovate: Join a group fitness activity OR chart out a rotating routine. Find an equally enthusiastic fitness partner to workout with together. Keepon creatively enhancing your exercise schedule and at regular intervals to avoid boredom. This will help you be consistent and motivate your to always lead an active and healthy lifestyle.

Take a healthy family resolution. Target on the well-being of the entire family.

Good luck to a Fit and Healthy Life! The onus is on YOU.

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Hema Gidwani Rajpal
Fitness, Nutrition & Weight Management Consultant

Hema Gidwani Rajpal, a seasoned fitness professional, is an American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM CPT-USA) Qualified Exercise Specialist, Fitness, Nutrition & Weight Management Consultant.

Hema has been spearheading the Fitness Revolution in India since 2005. Hema is one of the youngest instructors to be certified from the Reebok University as a Fitness Professional. She specializes in Personal and Group Fitness for Women, Men & Kids through Zumba, Dance Aerobics, Power Yoga, Bollywood Dance, Belly Dance workout, Kick Box, Pilates and Muscular endurance & Strength Training, Swiss Ball & Resistance tubing exercises and Artistic Stretching.

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