5 Ways to Get in Shape for the New Year

Have you vowed to take care of your health and lose weight for the New Year? If so, you aren't alone. Losing weight is one of the most common New Year's goals out there. The good news is that it doesn't need to be difficult to drop pounds and get in shape. Here is some advice that will not only help you reach your goal of losing weight, but also improve your health.

Get Moving
Just because it's winter doesn't mean you can't go outside! If you live near hiking trails, don't let the fact that there might be snow on the ground (or cold outside) deter you. Winter hiking is athletic and it has been shown that you burn calories at a faster rate than if it were warmer outside. If you don't have hiking trails, walking or running on a track or the road can also help you get in shape.
 
However, you don't need to go hiking, walking, or running in order to get moving. You can easily get a great workout indoors, too. Options include joining a class at your gym, going out dancing, and walking or running on an indoor track or at the mall. You can also work with a personal trainer and even lift weights in order to move more.
 
Eat Healthy
Many of us gain weight simply because our diet isn't healthy enough. It is so important to eat healthy foods when desiring to lose weight. To make matters worse, we seem to eat more when the weather is cold for a variety of reasons. For example, the cold temperatures can cause our serotonin levels to drop, which means that we may start craving starchy foods to make up for it.
 
To get rid of the weight, eat a healthy diet filled with healthy carbohydrates, beneficial fats, plenty of fruits and vegetables, and lean proteins. Make sure you balance your food choices so that you can make sure that you get the right mix of vitamins and minerals from your diet.
 
Get in Shape with Friends
Getting in shape doesn't need to be boring. Exercising with your friends can really help pass the time! Meeting some friends at the gym, taking a fitness class together, going for a run or a walk, or taking dance classes are all great activities to do with another person. Besides, chances are pretty good that your friend may even have the same goal of losing weight during the New Year.
 
Drink Plenty of Water
It's so important to stay hydrated in order to lose weight! Did you know that many people mistake feelings of hunger for simple dehydration? By staying hydrated, you can prevent this from happening. It would be a shame to eat extra calories if you're not even hungry.
 
If you have trouble staying hydrated, consider carrying around a water bottle wherever you go so that you can take sips whenever you feel thirsty. You'll also want to make sure that you drink plenty of water when you exercise since people are especially susceptible to dehydration as they exercise.
 
Once you have been diligent about hydrating, you may find that your energy levels are improving, your skin clears up, and you feel a lot more clear-headed.
 
Try Something New
Are you stuck in a rut? When it comes to exercising and eating healthfully, doing the same things each day can get boring. When people get bored, they tend to abandon their weight loss goals. Don't let this happen to you! Make it a point to try something new on a regular basis so that you can keep things fun and exciting.
 
Is there a dish you've always wanted to make but haven't tried it yet? Are you looking to challenge yourself in the gym or maybe even run a race? This is the perfect time to do these things, not only because it is fun to try new things, but also because it can help you get into better shape.
 
Getting healthy is about more than just losing weight and hitting the gym. It's about developing good habits that will help you achieve better health. These tips can help with that.

 

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