On the 12th Day of Fitmas, my coach gave to me…12 Burpees, 11 Mountain Climbers, 10 Leaping Lunges, 9 Calf Raises, 8 Crunches, 7 Tuck Jumps, 6 Squats, 5 Perfect Push Ups, 4 Triceps Dips, 3 Tricep Push Ups, a 2-Minute Plank, a 1-Minute Jog and FIT Resolutions for 2017!
It’s a busy time of year, I get it! Not everyone wants to think about their fitness and nutrition during the holidays, but I want to give your the opportunity to commit to those New Year, NEW You Fit Resolutions!
As we reach Christmas and head into another new year, it’s always a good time to stop and reflect where you are, what you accomplished this past year and what you plan to do to make 2017 even better. Here are 12 ideas to help you create lasting change and make this year the best ever!
1. Set a monthly challenge for yourself.
This can be for ANYTHING. Want to learn a new instrument, take a class, start getting more active, try a new sport, keep in touch with family, spend more time with your kids? Each month plan a challenge for yourself. These mini goals and areas of focus will keep you on track and moving forward as the year goes on.
2. Create a bucket list for the year.
This is similar to a monthly challenge, but I like to think of those in terms of personal development. With a bucket list, you can include the whole family and choose fun things that you would like to do together throughout the year.
3. Set goals weekly
Every Sunday night, sit down and write out your top ten big hairy scary goals. The more you get in the habit of writing the down, the more you will start working to bring them to life.
4. Personal Development
Set a goal to read 10 minutes of personal development daily. I have set a goal to read 12 new personal development books this year. The more you put “good” into your mind, the more you can give to others. Reading also helps us evaluate our lives, set goals, learn, and continue to grow.
5. Accentuate the positive
Make a CHOICE to focus on the positive in your life. This includes social media. Instead of complaining or posting negative things, use social media as a way to pour into others and add value to their lives.
6. Watch less tv
Seriously. When you think about it, there are so many more productive things you could do with your time. Instead of watching tv, read, exercise, spend time with your family doing things. Keep your screen time to a minimum.
Make this year the year you finally get your finances under control. Dave Ramsey has fantastic resources that you can use to get started.
8. Local Travel
Make a goal of exploring the places near you. Do you live near a historical site? Then visit it. A museum, then go! Take advantage of all that your area has to offer and learn about it. When we lived in Boston for ten months, I was amazed at the number of people who lived there who didn’t regular the National Parks in the area. Make a point of finding out everything you area has to offer, and do it!
9. Set mini goals
Financial, Personal, Family, what ever the case may be, set those goals plans and let’s get to work. Maybe you want to pay cash for Christmas next year, or plan a big family vacation. Make a list and commit to the steps you need to take to achieve those goals.
Overcome with stuff? Take your house one room at a time. One room per month and focus on that room and de-cluttering, organizing, purging, and selling or donating the things you no longer need. Doing it one room at a time and one room per month makes the task of organizing a house easier to tackle.
11. Write letters
Make a goal to write more letters. In this world of text messages, email, Aacebook and other social media. letter writing is a lost art form. Bless the people you love the most by taking the time to sit and write a letter by hand. There is something wonderful about having a letter in your hand and being able to read it over and over again.
Find a way to connect with people in person vs. online or via your phone. Go to church, join a club, create a club, go to the gym, make a point of greeting people with a smile and a handshake. Instead of looking at life through your phone, look outward toward others with a genuine interest and care. A simple thing like a smile or greeting someone by name can change a person’s day.