Simple Lifestyle Changes to Make This Your Best Year Ever

The start of a new year brings an abundance of fresh beginnings and unique opportunities for self-improvement. New Year’s resolutions are often daunting, so why not make sure you start your new year off right by improving your already awesome self? Here are a few ideas that we at the J can help you with this year to improve your mental, emotional and physical health.

Take advantage of the many treadmills we have on our fitness floor. Studies show a brisk walk or run benefits an individual by burning calories, improving muscle strength, and working the cardiovascular system. The American Heart Association states walking or running can reduce the risk of breast and colon cancer, heart disease, type 2 Diabetes, osteoporosis, lower high blood pressure and improve blood sugar levels. Studies also show walking or running for at least twenty minutes a day can help improve focus, alleviate headaches, fatigue, and depression, while also improving mental health due to the brain releasing dopamine after such activities. Plus it also gives an individual a sense of achievement, aiding in self-esteem improvement and physical self-perception.

By switching up your regular workout routine and trying something different, such as HIIT, Tabata, Pilates or Yoga, not only will you not get bored, but you will also shock your muscles and prevent adaptation, which can create a fitness plateau. By diversifying your chosen workouts, your body will continue to get stronger and lose more weight, allowing you to reach your fitness goals more efficient next time you hit the gym, try introducing new exercises into your routine rather than just increasing your reps and weight, though you still want to do this occasionally to improve your strength. Our group exercise schedule here at the J offers a variety of classes to help you switch things up.

If you like seeing your workouts by the numbers, wearable technology (activity trackers, smart watches and heart rate monitors) can give you interesting feedback about how you move. Many estimate your steps, sleep, standing time, calories burned, and time spent working out. Heart rate monitors in particular can also give you objective information about how hard you’re actually working during a sweat session, which can be helpful if you’re training to be in a specific heart rate zone. How you feel isn’t always an effective measure of how hard you’re working—factors including the room temperature and how much you like your workout can also influence how hard a workout feels to you.

Our fitness staff is readily available to help you reach your goals! Stop by the Welcome Desk today to see how we can help.