Well folks, the new year is officially underway and I hope your 2011 goals (I prefer goals over resolutions) aren’t yet wavering. To help usher in the season of positive change and in partnership with the Nike Make Yourself Movement, I wanted to share with you a few of my favorite tips to stay fit in the new year. They asked me to share just one, but that’s like asking me what my favorite food is…IMPOSSIBLE!
So without further ado, I present to you my three favorite tips!
1. Get Organized
From exercising, to eating, and stretching and sleeping, there are a multitude of elements that need to work in conjunction with each other. But how do we ensure that it all works with our regular life and stay sane at the same time? It’s time to get organized! I used to live my life by my day planner, but have now switched to become a Google Calendar devotee. Google Calendar allows you to create multiple calendars within one. Thus, I have the following calendars that I can turn on and off at any time: exercise, work, travel, wedding, Lola, etc. I can color code, share calendars, and take them on the go.
Another Google Docs bonus? Upload your training calendar to Google Docs so you can have it anywhere with WiFi. Take it a step further by visiting the URL on your iPhone, click “Add to Home Screen” and be able to access it easily from your iPhone homepage!
Organizing your life to stay healthy also includes the obvious, but worth mentioning, preparing meals in advance, laying out clothing the night before, having your gym bag packed and ready, and so forth.
2. Become a Morning Person
You may claim that you are a night owl, but let’s face it…by the time the work day is done all you want to do is go home, make dinner and start to unwind. Working out? It sure as hell takes a lot more energy to get done post 10-hour days. A sure-fire way to ensure that you won’t dread the mill come happy hour is to get your booty out of bed and get your workout on. There’s boatloads of research that proclaims the benefits of working out in the morning over other times of the day, but I won’t babble on about those here. Just trust me on this one 😉
Think you can’t become a morning person? The infamous “they” say that it takes 27 days to break a habit. Consider your night owl-ness a habit and try the mornings out for 27 days solid. I have a sneaky suspicion I may see you come 5 a.m.!
Plus, you get to see the most amazing views in the morning!
3. Finish Fast
Marathon training consists of a variety of run types, some of which include fast speeds and some of which include slow speeds. But I don’t care what type of training you are doing on any given day, ALWAYS make sure that the last 1 – 5 minutes includes some fast, hard efforts. On the treadmill? Bump up the speed in the last two minutes to an all-out sprint. “Kicking it in” (as “they” call it) will help re-create those race-day scenarios where you see the finish line and your mind says, “This is it! You can do it!” The only difference is your body will be able to kick it in as you have trained it to dig deep and kick the crap out of those last few meters. While I am no scientist or professional athlete, this is something that I have personally incorporated in all of my workouts that I can feel has helped me.
Look! Kickin’ it in so fast even the cops can’t keep up 😉
So there you have it folks, my three tips to stay health in the new year. But I’d love to hear what YOUR stay healthy tips are in the new year! Any good advice?
Happy new year and happy running!