It’s no surprise that the most popular New Year’s resolution is to get healthier. We’ve all probably seen (or posted) a “New year, new me” meme but the question is, how can we make these resolutions stick?
Here are some easy ways to stay motivated to be healthy and active all year long.
The gym atmosphere isn’t always the most pleasant. To break up the monotony, I like to hike, rent a bike and ride around Venice, walk a trail, or go to Runyon Canyon. Working out outdoors is a relaxing way to take a break from the gym scene and soak up some good vitamin D.
INVEST IN WORKOUT ATTIRE
The same way a new dress makes you wanna go out, new workout clothes will make you wanna get out there and get fit. This entire outfit is by Outdoor Voices. The Merino Freestyle Bra is soft and comfortable. Since it’s thermoregulating it keeps you warm when you’re cold but is still breathable and cooling in warmer weather. The straps are adjustable, too — a must if you’re on the petite side like I am.
If you’ve watched my workout snaps you’ve probably noticed that I love high waist leggings. The Springs Legging by Outdoor Voices stay in place even when I’m doing Pilates. No constant tugging or adjusting and they’re fully opaque so you can bend and stretch without any worries. The wrap I’m wearing is the Merino Pilé Wrap. If you do any dance related workouts you’ll love it, plus who doesn’t wanna feel like a ballerina every once in a while?
FIND YOUR NICHE
Getting healthier doesn’t have to mean running on a treadmill for miles and miles. Try a few of the outdoor options I listed above or buy a Class Pass so you can try different workouts and see which one best fits your personality and fitness goals. Pilates is my personal favorite but I’ve tried yoga and boxing in the past and enjoyed them as well. The more things you try the more likely you’ll find something that’s actually fun that you can stick with.
GET A WORKOUT BUDDY
Even if you can’t always work out as a twosome, share your goals with a close friend who will keep you on track. Make sure it’s someone who’s a good motivator and inspires you. You can even start a group chat where everyone has to check in with their progress and share tips and words of encouragement.
It’s easy to fall off track when you aren’t noticing any results. My advice would be to be patient and take a ton of selfies. You may not be able to notice your own progress right away but it’ll be easier to see when you’re comparing pics and tracking your results over time.
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Photography: Karen Rosalie