With 2016 upon us, many are making plans for a healthier new year. Some may focus on less spending while others may decide to be nicer to be people, but most of us will be searching out the latest and greatest in weight loss tools, gimmicks, and programs (yet again). Unfortunately, a large percentage of us won’t make it until Valentine’s Day lamenting the money we spent on big hopes and empty promises (yet again).
If falling off the health and fitness bandwagon is not on your list of goals for the year, check out our list of important considerations before launching into a new program. By getting a clear picture of what we need and what we can give to our health and fitness, we are more able to set realistic (and achievable) goals…
1. Gym or Outdoors?
There are 2 types of people in the world—those that love and crave the gym and those that would rather poke their eye out with a sharp instrument. Unfortunately, the latter will still try and fit themselves into the gym mold with the same amount of tenacity as a spider trying to climb out of a toilet bowl.
If the thought of going to a gym is causing a rash, it is important to note that research suggests exercising outdoors is one of the best ways to achieve both physical and mental health. A connection with nature and breathing the fresh air (versus the stink of sweat, rubber, and cleaning agent) combined with physical activity will deliver all the benefits without the exposure to lycra-spandex (not that there’s anything wrong with that).