New Year’s Resolutions: How to Succesfully Use That Gym Membership

With the final month of 2012 creeping up on us people will begin thinking of their New Year’s resolution. So many people every year buy a gym membership and say they are going to lose weight. Getting into a routine and making gym visits a habit are not easy things to do. Don’t set yourself up for failure by thinking you’ll go to the gym every day. It’s completely okay to ease into this New Year’s Resolution. Aim for three or four days a week to start, and don’t over-do it with the weights. A solid thirty to forty minutes of cardiovascular exercise will certainly suffice. This could mean the treadmill, elliptical, or stationary bike whatever you prefer, but do try to have some variety in your routine.

Some people are also intimidated by the gym atmosphere, which is definitely understandable. The post work gym scene tends to get a bit crowded. Maybe these “5 Ways to Defeat Gym Anxiety” will help you if you worry about going to the gym. Making a New Year’s Resolution is a great thing to do!

What will your New Year’s Resolution be for 2013?

Exercising: Finding Motivation as a Parent

Sometimes it can be really hard to find the motivation to exercise. There is always something going on at work, with the kids, or with your body that just makes you feel like tomorrow might be the better day to go on that run. One of my favorite quotes is, “Tomorrow is often the busiest day of the week”, and this quote can apply directly to motivating yourself to action. Many parents can relate to the fact that with work and kids at home exercising is just not a top priority, but there are people out there who are finding the time.

Recently on Everyday Kings, Vee posted about her experiences running and how it helps her cope with grief. The post is called Running Through Grief and her analogy of running to life in general is beautiful, and she is probably one of the most inspirational bloggers I have ever encountered. I enjoyed one of part of her post though that is different to everybody. She talks about how running leaves you alone with yourself. Your own mind will take over without the distractions and you could find yourself thinking about things you normally wouldn’t. This is going to depend on what rests in the deepest parts of your mind, and will be different for everybody.

I felt Vee’s story was a good one to share because of how inspirational her life is, and also to show that many people with all sorts of different life situations are finding ways to exercise. Exercise will clear your mind and help you focus on what is truly important to you and your life. If you have experienced a trying time in life recently or are struggling with family or personal issues, a regular exercise regimen can help you feel better about yourself. It is truly amazing how much exercising, whether it be running, walking, playing a sport, or lifting weights can do for you as a person not only physically, but mentally as well.

“How Little Exercise Can You Get Away With?”

It is an obvious and scientifically-proven fact that exercise is directly linked to improving mental health.  But according to an article published a week ago by The New York Times, reaping the mental benefits of exercise may come easier than thought.  Apparently, if mental health is your primary goal than as little as 20 minutes of activity a week may be enough to boost your mood.  How easy is that?!

Now of course, everyone’s physical needs are different, as the effect of exercise is contingent on one’s health history, current health status, lifestyle, etc.  But for the general population, this is great news!  Make yourself feel better in 20 minutes? Easy.  Be healthy, be happy.

The more technical analysis can be found in the NYT article here .