New Year Solutions
by Clare Ward,
Happy New Year from all of us at Radiance. We hope 2015 is your healthiest yet!
Every year many of us make lots of New Year resolutions but the majority are abandoned by February. The reason so many of our resolutions fall by the way side is because they are either completely unrealistic or not specific.
So this year I've decided to ditch resolutions and focus on solutions. Below are some of the big resolutions that are often made and the suggested solution to them. I hope this helps in you feeling your best.
Resolution: to eat more healithily
Solution: Start by defining what eating healthily means to you. Is there a particular lifestyle of eating that you believe would be good for you? You might believe you need to be dairy or gluten free, or perhaps you want to switch to a plant based diet. Whatever it is work out exactly what diet (and by this I mean long-term lifestyle, not short term unsustainable fad) you think you need to follow. Once you've determined this think about if there are particular recipe books or blogs that reflect this lifestyle and start picking some recipes that you really like the sound of. You're almost building a mood board or road map of food that is inspiring you and driving you forward.
The big part: don't try to change every meal to eating in this way at once. Set yourself realistic targets of trying one or two new meals a week from the favourites you've picked. Essentially it is about making gradual change and being kind to yourself. You will almost certainly fail at your goal of eating more healthily if you try to do a complete overhaul rather than making small but lasting change.
Resolution: to exercise more
Solution: Start by defining what more exercise is and exactly how many times a week you want to exercise, plus what type of exercise you want to do. Again, be realistic. If you normally do a Hatha yoga class once a week don't expect yourself to suddenly start doing kick-boxing and HIIT training five days a week. People are generally more motivated if they are accountable to someone else or if they have someone else to train with so see if you can find a friend to train with or join a class or club. Alterntatively finding a great PT is an excellent way to give focus to your training and they really know how to get results. In London we love Dalton Wong and the 22 Training Team, but there are great PTs to be found everywhere. Just try to find someone who has been personally recommended.
We love the following studios and classes:
- GoodVibes - PowerPlates, warm yoga, pilates, spinning - they've got your classes covered. Try Yoga Bliss on a Sunday for the most restorative yoga session to end your week on a high
- Frame Shoreditch and Queens Park - literally a class for everyone with an amazing soundtrack
- barrecore - the original home of barre workouts, we love this place. With new branches opening
- Sweaty Betty - the Sweaty Betty stores have lots of events on all the time, from running clubs to yoga classes. Check out your local store to see what's on
The other reason a lot of people say they can't exercise (me included!) is a lack of time. There are now so many classes available on line (not to mention fitness DVDs) that this really shouldn't be an excuse as we can exercise any time we want at the click of a button. We'll do a blog on this later this month to give you home exercise inspiration.
Resolution: to meditate
Solution: Meditation, I think, is one of the hardest practices to cultivate. I've been trying to do it on and off for years and I still think I'm terrible at it. So, as with everything, try to set yourself a reasonable goal. Perhaps try to commit to setting aside 3 minutes each day to try to meditate. This doesn't have to be sat cross-legged on a cushion, it could be during your commute home. Meditation is a learned technique and we normally learn from other people, be that in person or online, so apply the same method to this as you would learning other skills. There are now some greats apps for meditation. Headspace is by far the most popluar and the founder, Andy Puddicomb, provides great guidance.
I hope this gives you a bit of inspiration to start your new year on a positive trajectory. Right, I better go, I have to find my yoga mat...