Hello fellow healthy friends! I talked about my New Year's resolutions for all aspects of my life on my other blog but I wanted to talk about some specific fitness/health ones that I have here. My overall resolution is just going to be consistent with eating right and exercising regularly. In 2010 I would say I was only doing that about six out of the twelve months, which is not okay. So just doing that will be great. But here's what else I want to work on...
1. Get my flexibility back.
When I was dancing in high school I was, of course, very flexible. I could do the splits on both sides (and almost in the center), my back was more flexible than it had ever been, I could kick very high, etc. And I loved being flexible. But once I stopped dancing, I stopped stretching for an hour or so every day, and I lost it very quickly. I am still more flexible than the average person but I miss being able to do things like the splits. So, I'm going to start stretching again, for at least a half hour every day. And my goal is to be able to do the side splits, on both sides, again my March 30th, 2011. I think this is a doable goal. I will also be doing more yoga to help with my flexibility, and hopefully as I get more Gumby-like I can move onto some more advanced yoga poses.
2. Run a 5K.
Even though I don't like running, it is a very good form of exercise. And, while I don't advocate doing exercise you dislike if you're just starting to get back into exercise, I'm the type of person who can deal with something I don't particularly like if I think it's benefiting me. So, at some point in this year (probably the summer), I'm going to condition myself to run a 5K again. I know that a 5K isn't anything amazing, but I haven't been able to run that far without stopping since I was a senior in high school, so it'll be a big deal for me.
3. Get better at hoop dancing.
Have I talked about hoop dancing on here before? I'll have to go look through my posts and see, 'cause if I haven't I really need to. I absolutely love dancing, but I'm not on a dance team anymore and can't go out to a club all the time, so when I discovered hoop dancing it was this fantastic way for me to fulfill my desire to dance all on my own, and pretty much anytime, as long as I could get outside, or be in a spacious room. The only problem is that I'm not just having to control my body, I have to control the hoop, and that's what makes it beautiful, but I have not practiced enough at mastering certain moves which makes it so I'm still very limited in what I do. I know the only way I'm going to get better is to practice, so as soon as the weather turns warm this year, I'm going to practice a lot. Maybe I'll even post a video once I get good. :)
4. Be at my goal weight for Summer.
Here's the thing. My goal weight is 130. It's a weight I look really good at. However, it's kind of hard for me to get to/maintain it. So I've realized that I am okay with not being at 130 all year. As long as I'm not above 145, I am still at a very healthy weight, and I still look...decent. This past month I've been wavering between 137 and 141, due to all the holiday treats and scaling back a little on the exercise, and that's been okay. At this time of year I'm just covered in sweaters and pants 24/7 anyway. But I do want to make sure that I am at 130 when the summer starts, and all throughout it, because I want to be able to wear all the stuff I want without worrying about how my body looks. In order to do this I'll make sure to really buckle down on my diet and up the exercise starting in March, so that I'll have plenty of time to hit my goal by summer. Of course this doesn't mean I won't be exercising and eating well the rest of the year, it just means I won't be torturing myself if I don't look perfect.
5. Journal my food and exercise.
Everyone knows that if you can stand to do this, it helps a lot with keeping you on track with healthy eating and consistent exercise. So I have gotten a journal (which I will talk about in another post) and plan to journal all my food and exercise. I think it will help me a lot because I know that if I have to write down a missed workout or a crappy food choice, it will make it so I don't make the bad choice a lot of the time.
Oh, I also want to post on this blog more consistently. We'll see how that goes. And to some this might sound like a lot, but keep in mind that I won't be doing it all at once. The hoop dancing and running probably won't happen until the summer. I won't be working on being in tip top shape all year long. Pretty much the only things I will be doing the entire year are #1 and #5. Completely doable. I think if you're making a resolution to eat healthier/exercise/lose weight that it's great but make sure you make small goals and figure out how exactly you're going to achieve them. And if you're already rather healthy, then do like me and make it your goal to get better at new things. Let's all get healthier and more fit in 2011!