Ring in the new you with tips and tricks to help you stay motivated in the new year from our feature blogger, Tara. Whether your New Year’s resolution is to be more active or just act more from a place of love to your already awesome self, you can lean on Tara for extra motivation and style inspiration below.
After all, nothing motivates us more than slipping into new activewear. Especially go-to pieces like leggings and laid-back tops and jackets that easily transition from yoga and hiking to coffee with a good friend (cheers to that).
January is the best time of year for a fresh start. Perhaps you’d like to be more thoughtful, more gentle or more kind. Maybe, like many of us, your mission is to get healthier or more fit. Whatever your goals, there are a few key elements to success that all of us can build on. These steps (no matter how small) can make any goal much easier to accomplish in the new year.
One of the big issues a lot of people face when sticking to their goals is the pressure they put on themselves. They focus on the resolution they’re setting, instead of the steps it will take to accomplish that goal.
Our goals should always be focused on self-love. This sets the stage for success, no matter what our ultimate objective is. Want to get in shape? Figuring out what exercises you’re going to do that will get you closer to your goal. Instead of focusing on a number on the scale or a timeline to lose weight, just tell yourself, “Every day I will do (fill in the blank).” Maybe it’s an hour of cardio or 20 minutes walking up and down the stairs at home…as long as it’s self-loving, you are already on the right track.
Last year, I noticed something interesting about my personal exercise habits: I was more likely to go for a jog or exercise if I left out my running shoes and workout clothes. This one small step would set off an alarm in my head to get myself in gear to start my yoga practice or lace up my shoes to go for a run. More often than not, it’s not our goals that push us, but little tweaks in our daily lives that make us more likely to go after our goals.
One of my favorite ways to get in shape is to take my workouts outdoors. Even if it means bundling up from the cold, there’s really nothing like a morning jog in the rain. Running improves weight management, blood pressure, and glucose control, as well as lowers the risk of some cancers, respiratory disease, stroke, benign prostatic hypertrophy, cardiovascular and all-cause mortality.
A recent study at Mayo Clinic concluded that it takes less than 7 minutes of running per day (or approximately 52 minutes per week) to experience these incredible benefits. Be sure to mix up your workouts throughout the week so your body is continually adapting. You can do an hour of yoga on Sunday, take a brisk walk on Monday and then do some weight training on Tuesday. This versatility helps your body to find its own balance and keeps you in tip-top shape!
Since my workouts are versatile, I need my workout clothing to be versatile as well. Whether I am doing a mindful yoga practice or running on a trail, I am always comfortable in maurices activewear. I often find myself wearing the activewear in diverse and striking ways – pairing my yoga pants with different tops, jackets and jewelry so I can go seamlessly from yoga to mountain hiking or a meeting without skipping a beat.
Most importantly, whatever your goals for the new year, remember to do them for you and you alone. This year, you can decide who you want to be, and through small wins every day, watch yourself become that person.