Sunday 5 January 2014

My New Year's Resolution:

Each month, I will try something new for fitness and weightloss.

   I'm not going for a "exercise for an hour every day" because that's actually a terrible idea (your body needs rest, and there's no way your average person can stick a resolution like that if they've barely exercised before. Instead, they should aim for a 30 minutes every other day to begin with, and then build that time frame up, and only weigh and measure themselves once a week following a rest day). I'm not going for a "drop down to X weight by December" because weight fluctuates so much, and if results take too long to form it can be off-putting.
   Instead, over the past year I've learned a lot about weightloss. I know what's a good idea and what's a bad idea, and, more importantly, I've learned about plateaus, and that they are my enemy more than a giant chocolate pudding.

   If you exercise frequently, eat right and so on, then after 4-6 weeks you're likely to stop seeing results. This is because your body has adjusted to your diet and your exercise movements, and they're no longer challenging. So, every 4-6 weeks you need to change either your workout pattern, your diet, or both. This can range from working out in the evening instead of the morning, or if you have a routine in the gym, doing that routine backwards. If you work out at home then a new DVD, a new piece of equipment or heavier weights, or a new workout type. This will reset your body and it has to learn all of this new stuff all over again. Then, 4-6 weeks later you'll have to mix it up again. This is far from a bad thing, mind you: trying new things will help to keep your workouts fresh and keep you excited about them. My dad's bought me a set of kettlebells for my birthday and I can't wait to get them, because that will completely change my evening workout.

   So, my resolution this year is to do all that I can to avoid plateaus, and every month, to keep myself sticking to it, I will share my plans and my results with you, ie, did that month's routine work for me or not, did I manage to stick with it and so on. I'm starting tomorrow, so I will post my first plan then.

   I don't usually make new year's resolutions, which I explained on new year's day, but since this was an idea I got just days before 2014, I decided that, if I was going to do a new year's resolution, this would be the one that would work best for me, because it will constantly shift and change rather than being constant all year. As in, one month I'll do one thing and another month something totally different, rather than my resolution being just to exercise, which can be bleak.


January: Ilumi (2 weeks)
February: Raspberry Ketone
March: Hooping
April: 30 Day Shred
September: Shaolin Warrior Workout (Vol. 1)
December: Dumbbells & P90X/2


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