I am not a fan of the ‘New Year, New You’ kind of posts. You are fabulous, and you don’t need a new year to reinvent yourself. If you are looking to make changes, then it doesn’t have to be in the New Year, or on the 1st of the month, or on Monday, you just have to start making small changes when it feels right for you.
With that in mind, there are ways you can feel fantastic as a new year begins. Whether you consider it a fresh start or not, here are some ways you can be at your very best in 2017.
1. Start Planning.
Everywhere you look, planners are making their way into everyday life. From Mindfulness Planners, to Bullet Journals, people are turning back to pen and paper to consolidate their dreams and goals. The New Year is a great time to do this, be it buying a fresh new planner, or simply a fancy new notebook for your thoughts. Any excuse for new stationery, right? At the top of my list is the 12 Week Wellness Planner from Karen at Beyond The Bathroom Scales. Whether it’s fitness goals you have, or you just need a little more structure in your meal planning and daily life, this is a great way to get started.
2. Treat Yourself to Some New Gear.
Anyone who knows me, knows that I love me some sportswear. Feeling confident while working out might be the trick for you to hit that PB, or join in that running club. No, it’s not all about clothes, but there’s no harm in treating yourself. My top picks from Sweaty Betty’s SS17 range are coming soon, but you can also find a wealth of fitness gear and accessories at Zalando. Having recently launched their Zalando Loves Yoga campaign, the online multi-brand retailer has a whole section dedicated to getting you on the mat feeling fabulous. Check out their ranges, including Stella McCartney for Adidas, Varley, Onzie and Under Armour.
3. Squeeze in that Extra Workout.
No time to get a full gym session in? The folks at Speedflex have got that covered with their new Flex15 class. 15 minutes (yes, just 15 minutes!!) of interval training on their state-of-the-art resistance machines will have you flexing, sweating and back at your desk in no time. Combine this with some of their other workouts, and you’re all set for a fit and healthy new year.
4. Check Out Your Local Leisure Centre.
Not everyone can afford the luxury of a gym or studio membership, but if you struggle with home workouts, there are still ways to get into a gym at a fraction of the cost. Local leisure centres are often well equipped, quiet and competitively priced in comparison to some of the larger chains. I’ve been working with Everyone Active in recent months, who have centres across London and the UK. Whilst you might not get luxury products in the showers, or cooling towels post-spin class, you do get everything you need under one roof. Gym, classes, usually a pool, wet / dry facilities and more. Some even have a spa and more unusual activities like a climbing wall or squash courts. What are you waiting for? Perhaps 2017 is the year you join a gym, and actually go to the gym!
5. Learn Something New.
Wether it’s for a new hobby, or for a total career change, there’s something so satisfying about learning new skills…or is that just me? In 2016 I learnt to surf, albeit sporadically, and now I’m hooked. I’m also working towards my Personal Training qualification, which will be a new strand of my career in the Spring. I also want to start climbing. Should I find a hobby that isn’t fitness or sport related (as that is my job too)? Maybe…any suggestions, send them my way.
6. Get Inspired.
Favourite blogger released a book? Buy it. Favourite studio running a challenge? Join in. Best friend looking smokin’ hot and full of confidence? Train together. Planning a wedding and lusting over the glossies? Pinterest it. Oh and…look in the mirror. Yes, you. Be your own inspiration.
Happy New Year to all my lovely readers and followers! After my slight hiatus toward the end of 2016, I want to be back with a bang in 2017!
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