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Fitness resolutions

Did you make a New Year’s Resolution this year? It’s no secret that there are a ton of statistics out there that state a high percentage of those who make resolutions for the year will fail. Among those are of course those who make fitness goals.

If you have made fitness goals for the year, here are some things you may want to invest in to make sure it is easier for you to meet your goal. After all, it’s about no excuses!

First off, get yourself fitted for a pair of athletic shoes. Don’t just buy which ever shoes are on sale. If you want to commit to walking, ask for walking shoes. If you want to try running, get fitted for running shoes. They are not all made the same. For example, there are neutral shoes, there are support shoes and there are zero drop shoes. Without doing prior research on running shoes, you may not know these differences by just looking at them on the shelf. Being in the wrong shoes can be detrimental. Please ask for assistance and get fitted to be sure you are in the right size.

If you are going to start working out indoors, buy yourself some tech shirts and tanks. Tech shirts are made out of a polyester and spandex blend and will wick away sweat better than cotton T-shirts.

If you are willing to take your workout outdoors, investing in a pair of sub zero tights for winter is a must. These are running tights that have a fleece lining in them. I have a pair of these tights along with one of the long sleeve running shirts (also fleece lined) and I can attest that wearing this outfit as my only layer (no jacket, no vest), it kept me toasty on a run when the real feel was 27 degrees. If you are prepared to workout comfortably in all types of weather, you are less likely to make excuses as to why you don’t want to get outside.

Whether you are taking up walking, running, crossfit, etc, you need to make sure that you are recovering properly as well. Make sure you are stretching after each workout session. If you are unsure of what stretches to do, do a Google search for “Post Workout Stretches.” In addition, you may want to pick up some light hand weights and a resistance band. These are items you can use at home during your off days.

Research shows that people are more likely to stick with something if they are able to track their progress. I use a Fitbit to track my steps and I use a Garmin Forerunner watch when running to calculate my miles, pace and all that other fun data. If you don’t want to invest in one of these gadgets, I’m certain you can find an app on your phone that will record the same data. I like to have a hard copy of my workouts so I keep a running journal as well and would encourage you to do the same.

Regardless if this is your first go round into working out/running or if it’s something you are hoping to get back on track with this year, I wish you success and many happy miles in 2018!

Fashionably Fit is published on the second Sunday of each month. Steel holds a degree in journalism and writes about fitness, fashion and style.

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