Each new year brings with it the need to change things up, set new goals and yes, to make New Year’s Resolutions. After a month or two those goals get forgotten, or pushed aside in order to keep up with demanding work and home lives. Whether you want to get in shape, give up a bad habit or be more confident, Sears Canada wants to help with its brand new #HappyRenewYear initiative. And lets be honest, some of us (pointing the finger directly at me) need all the help we can get.
Sears Canada’s Top Tips to Keep Up with Your Resolutions
The health and wellness experts at Sears Canada offer these handy hints and tips designed to help you stay motivated through those tricky first three months of goal setting:
1. Ditch the snooze button. Wake up 30 minutes early for a quick workout and healthy breakfast at home before starting your work day. This will help you feel accomplished, energized and excited all before 7am! For now I’m working on the healthy breakfast, but this is definitely on the to try list. I know that if I am to get in a workout it has to be before the kids are up.
Tip: Walking on a treadmill for 30 minutes every day, burns an extra 1,000 to 1,500 calories a week!
2. Make staying on track with your goals easy! Celebrate mini-milestones and achievements with a fun, well-deserved treat, but skip the chocolate and instead pick up something to celebrate the new you that you are becoming. New workout gear will help you feel, and look good while working towards your goals. I love new workout gear. It’s a guaranteed way to motivate me through a rough patch.
3. Get moving! Every day activities can be an easy exercise opportunity. Use the commercial breaks in your favourite TV show to do squats, park at the end of the lot when picking up your kids at hockey, or fit in easy workouts on the go, such as leg lifts, bicep curls or marching on the spot. Adding in some easily concealable wrist and ankle weights make these mini workouts time-saving, efficient and effective.
4. Save time and money, get fit at home! More than 55 per cent of women surveyed prefer working out at home to spending an average $1,400 per year(OUCH!) on a gym membership. I know I don’t want to sweat to the oldies with an audience. At-home fitness equipment and accessories are easily found, purchased and delivered at Sears, often for less than the cost of an annual gym membership. If you are cramped for space items like Kettle Ball Weights and resistance bands are a great home gym choice.
5. Get your “Om” on and make time to renew yourself with yoga! It not only benefits your physical health, it helps reset your mind, increase focus and creativity, and improves sleep. Plus you really can do it anywhere. For at home Om’ing i personally love the GaiamTM Printed Premium Yoga Mat($39.99).
7. Get your friends and family on board! Living a healthier lifestyle is so much easier when you have your loved ones’ support. Why not make working out a group activity, or family routine? Set up a chart to track who’s done their fittest best each week and set up challenges to keep you motivated.
8. Change up your workouts to keep things interesting. It’s easy to fall off the wagon when your exercises become boring and routine. Try something that you have always wanted to try, like boxing, with the IBF Iron Body Fitness® Heavy Bag Stand (279.99) or channel your inner UFC® athlete with the UFC® Resistance Fitness Kit ($32.99).
If you are looking for a fun new way to get excited about achieving your goals, the fitness collection at Sears Canada has everything from great looking workout wear and accessories to restorative equipment, treadmills and home gyms, by Canada’s favorite brands including NordicTrack and Bowflex. I know for myself a little shopping therapy always gets me excited about buckling down into a new routine.
Now tell me, are you still focused on your resolutions or goals for 2016? What gets you excited about fitting in fitness?