If you’re trying to get fit for 2014 then the time is now! There are so many things that you can do differently in order to burn more calories and create new opportunities to tone your body. Let’s take a look at some of the trends that are starting to pop up in several different avenues of life.
If you’re looking to burn more calories in your day to day life, then one of the best ways is to stay local and bike, walk, or skate to your destination. This obviously depends a bit on what sort of city you live in and the local weather, but for many people it’s a good option that can actually be fun and put you in better touch with your community. I recently started ditching my car and opted to stay local as much as possible, and instead ride my bike or skateboard as much as I could. Not only are you supporting local business but you’re also burning more calories as well as saving money on gas. This is becoming a very popular mode of transportation in eco-minded cities, but also even more urban areas are catching on such as New York City with the Citi Bike exchange ports.
It’s easier than ever these days to monitor your fitness goals using mobile apps and computer software. There are now a plethora of apps that can track your day to day steps and activities, adding them up for you and calculating total calories burned as well as the distance to your goals. These little apps can be strangely motivating as they give you instant gratification, making your goals seem much more manageable and concrete instead of some “idea” that you’re going to just “run more”. There are also computer software programs and phone apps that can help you track your nutrition and daily calorie intake. There are even apps in the works to help you plan meals and select foods based on how you’re feeling.
If you’re hesitant to get a software app because your computer is slow or acting up, then you might want to consider using software tools to help maintain and clean up your PC in order to help it run faster.
In addition to larger changes in your overall exercise and nutrition plans, you can also make small changes that will add up over time. Things such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or parking in the back of the parking lot to force you to add a few more steps in each day can really add up faster than you may think. Even just opting for regular coffee instead of a rich mocha or latte can really have a big impact over the course of a few months. Pick one or two of these goals to start, and once they become habit you can add a few more. Don’t overwhelm yourself with too much at once or you’ll be in danger of giving up too soon.
As you can see there are many opportunities to improve your health and fitness this year! I hope I’ve given you some ideas on how to make small yet meaningful changes.