We’ve all been there on January 1st: staring into the horizon at the bright and shiny New Year. Full of hope, possibilities, and potential. Ready to take on the world one brussel sprout and 5K training program at a time. Then, January 8th rolls around and the bed is warmer than the road you planned to run on at 5:30 in the morning. Pizza definitely looks better than your brussel sprouts, and all of a sudden, you find yourself falling back in the same routine as the previous year, and soon all hopes of turning over a new leaf seem lost.
We have good news for you: all hope is not lost! You can still break those New Year’s resolutions and stay on the path to becoming a better version of your current self.
1. Give up the Couch to 5K plan
…but substitute that with an activity that you will actually enjoy doing. The start of a new year tends to bring out the over achiever in us all. Sometimes that includes committing yourself to something that would sound miserable under any other circumstance.
A great way to experience different classes and venues around town is with Class Pass . Whether yoga, barre, Pilates or running is your style, get up and move. When you do something that makes you happy, you will want to do more.
Maybe it’s even just a matter of telling yourself that you will take the stairs instead of the elevator or parking a little further back than you did last year. Take a 15 minute walk at lunch to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air and clear your mind. You will be amazed at how small changes make a big impact.
If you do decide to stick with your running goals, check out these upcoming quintessential Austin Races:
Austin Marathon and Half-Marathon – February 14th
Learn how you can advance the Komen Austin mission through awareness and fundraising with Austin Gives Miles (link to AGM).
Cap10K – April 10th
Race for the Cure – September 25th
2. Trash the New Pre-Planned Raw Vegan Diet
…and figure out which healthy foods you actually like. Experiment with different foods and find out which tastes are appealing to you. Once you start finding the foods that you enjoy, start finding recipes that fit your budget, lifestyle and preferences.
Remember, healthy lifestyle choices may help lower your risk of different types of cancer and other health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and osteoporosis. Visit komen.org for even more ways to stay healthy in 2016.
3. Drink MORE
Water that is! Shoot for adding a glass of water per day for the first week. Then add on another one the second week. The goal is to drink “half” of your body weight in ounces (e.g. if you weigh 150lbs, aim to drink 75oz of water each day).
Can’t stand the taste of water? Check out these yummy ways to spice up your water. Make it easy on yourself by preparing a set amount of water the night before in a portable container. Your mind, body, and skin will thank you – we promise!
4. Take fewer vacations
Take 2016 to live like a tourist in your own town. So many times we tend to take for granted all of the beauty and excitement that lives right in our backyard. Experience a new restaurant , explore a new swim spot, discover a new artist, or take a hike. You can also catch a local sports team in action. The Austin Spurs are hosting their annual Pink Night to benefit Komen Austin on January 29th at the Cedar Park Center.
With so many inexpensive and sometimes free things to do in your own town, not only will you develop a deeper appreciation for your community, but you may even save some money while you are at it!
5. Don’t worry about getting rid of the old
Instead, focus on what gives you meaning and purpose each day. Cultivate these things and by doing so, the “old” that is no longer needed will naturally find its way out of your life.
As you can see, taking a personalized and mindful approach to the New Year can be more fun and rewarding than a tired, one-size-fits-all approach. Be gracious to yourself and enjoy each day that comes. We at Komen Austin wish you a year of happiness, health and good fortune.
Throughout 2016, Komen Austin will bring you a variety of ways to stay happy and healthy in these weekly blog posts. Watch for local guest bloggers, exciting news, and much more!
Next week: Research Round Up, a look at Komen research advancements.