Happy New Year! Have you made a goal for 2013?

Happy New Year! I am sure many of you have already made those annual goals that so many of us often do. Maybe your goal is to join a gym and get in better shape, or to start being more active outside. Maybe in 2013 you plan to eat better, or drink less alcohol, or quit smoking. Maybe your goal is really specific; maybe you are becoming a vegetarian or vegan, or plan to gain an inch on your biceps and lose an inch from your waist.

Whatever your resolution or goal may be for 2013, remember that Rome wasn’t built in a day. I know it sounds clichéd, but it takes time to lose weight, establish strength, or gain muscle mass, especially if you are going about it in a healthy manner (proper nutrition and exercise). Set small short-term goals that ease you towards your larger goals. Short-term attainable goals will still help you see results, and will keep you from burning out and losing motivation towards the larger goal, which is often more difficult to obtain, and easier to lose sight of along the way.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has great bare bones guidelines for how much activity adults should have on a weekly basis. If you are just starting an exercise program, or you have been absent from physical activity due to injury, couch potato syndrome, work taking over your health goals, or any other reason, check out the recommended physical activity for adults on their website. For you fitness veterans, read the guidelines as well. You might be surprised to see exactly what the CDC has to say in regards to physical activity.

Besides consulting your physician, scheduling an annual physical, and getting clearance from your doctor before starting any exercise program, this link is also extremely helpful in getting acquainted with your health and fitness. Check it out:
‘How Much Physical Activity Do Adults Need?’

Here’s to a healthy and happy 2013 for everyone. Check back soon or subscribe to my blog for further information to follow, and remember, baby steps will still get you where you are going if you take enough of them!