6 Strategies For Turning Your Workout Resolution Into A Habit

6 Strategies For Turning Your Workout Resolution Into A Habit

Don't let it fall off the radar like every other resolution.
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We're about halfway through the month of January, and it seems that the New Year's Resolutions are still going strong. However, it's only a matter of time before people start backing out for whatever reason. The most common Resolution, working out, is actually one of the easiest to keep, in my opinion. You just have to do it the right way. Here are six ways to keep up with working out.

1. Go to a class

Classes are the best ways to workout. Hands down. They're guided; there are trained professionals there to help perfect your technique, and you are held accountable. My favorite class to go to is Pure Barre. It's a ballet/pilates based class that works on toning muscles and is available all across the country.

2. Watch videos

This is second best to going to a class. Videos can be helpful because they are guided and also help with the timing. Another advantage that videos have to classes is that they are fairly cheap, if not free. A one time cost will get you a great workout. My new favorite video series to use is Ballet Beautiful, which works on toning muscles, and is completely free on YouTube.

3. Find a buddy

Having an accountability partner will guarantee that you follow through on your workout schedule. We all have those days where all we want to do is lay in bed and watch Netflix, but having a buddy will keep you motivated on those days, and you will keep them motivated. Pick out a few times during the week where your schedules align and head off to the gym!

4. Make a plan

Do. Not. Just. Show. Up. At. The. Gym. If you do, you won't really accomplish much. You need to go in with a list of things that you are going to do. Planning ahead of time will increase the likelihood of accomplishing the goal. If you say that you are just going to run on the treadmill, what happens when you get bored? Have a plan and a backup plan, just to be on the safe side.

5. Pinterest is your friend

Going along with making plans, if you really don't know what kind of workout is for you, look up some good ones on Pinterest. There's a wide variety, and they will help guide you until you find out what is the best routine for you. Also, broaden your search to the internet in general to do some research on the best exercises for your body type, weight loss goals, etc.

6. Just Do It

This Nike slogan isn't famous for no reason. At the end of the day, as long as you make an effort, that's a win. Just show up, exercise for a little, and go home. It doesn't have to be fancy or intense. Just start somewhere and stick to a regular schedule, and you'll be well on your way of turning this resolution into a habit.

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These Are 4 Proven Ways That Vaccines Cause Autism

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Let's just start with the first (and main) point.

1. They don't.

Susan in your anti-vax group is not a scholarly source (despite her hours and hours of Google research).

2. But in case you still believe Susan...

Maybe you'll believe Autism Speaks who says, "Scientists have conducted extensive research over the last two decades to determine whether there is any link between childhood vaccinations and autism. The results of this research is clear: Vaccines do not cause autism."

3. And if Autism Speaks still didn't convince you...

Feel free to take a look at this comprehensive list of studies that all say that there is no relationship between vaccines such as the MMR vaccination and the development of autism.

4. But here's what you should know...

There have been a few studies lately that have shown that autism develops in utero aka before a baby is even born AND before a baby can even receive vaccinations.

Vaccinations have prevented COUNTLESS deaths and illnesses. Vaccination rates are continuing to fall and do you know what that means? Measles will make its way back. Whooping cough will come back. Rubella, mumps, and polio will come back and there will be no way to stop it.

So, now that you know that vaccines do not cause autism, you're welcome to go tell Susan from your anti-vax group that as well as tell her that the Earth isn't flat. But, don't forget to mention it to her that her essential oils and organic foods are not keeping her children safe from the measles or tuberculosis.

Vaccinate your children. And, besides, even IF vaccinations caused autism, wouldn't you rather have a child with a developmental disorder rather than a child who died from the measles?

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Part 1: Necessary Changes

One of my favorite movies is "Fried Green Tomatoes" with Kathy Bates. In the movie Bates' character Evelyn Couch says, "Someone helped put a mirror up in front of my face, and I didn't like what I saw one bit. And you know what I did? I changed." I know the feeling.

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I looked in the mirror over the weekend and didn't like what I saw.

The person I saw looking back at me is petty, selfish, manipulative, and unattractive. It wasn't that I hated what I saw, but I definitely didn't like what I saw either. It's a surreal feeling, looking at yourself through a critical lens, and it doesn't make you feel good in any way shape or form.

The image that I see of myself is not how I want others to perceive me. I want to be someone that people look at and see kindness, compassion, strength, and confidence.

I have enough general life experience to know that these types of changes aren't going to happen overnight, and not all of them will be physical; most of these will have to happen from the inside, from within myself.

When you find out you are all broken and damaged, it's hard to know where to start putting the pieces back together. I figured the best place to start would be the most literal: my actual insides; so, I decided to embark on a deep-cleansing journey to get all of the toxins out of my body, from the inside out.

I found this book on 10-day green smoothie detox stashed away in the dark corner of my bookshelf. The science behind it seems accurate and legitimate. By eliminating certain foods, your body is able to detox itself off of chemicals and foods that are slowing down your metabolism; the smoothies are specifically designed with combinations of foods that help restart your metabolism. Part of the detox process is getting rid of all dependencies on caffeine, alcohol, and sugar.

Every day you are given the recipe for a specific smoothie; you make the smoothie (about 40 ounces) and sip on it throughout the day whenever you get hungry. Every smoothie is a combination of leafy greens, water, fruit, and flax seeds. If you do happen to get hungry throughout the day, you are encouraged to eat raw nuts, hard boiled eggs, and a wide variety of crunchy green vegetables. There is also a detox tea that you have first thing in the morning, but other than that no other beverages are allowed except water.

I know that this is only the beginning of a very long, emotional, and draining journey. But I think I'm at the point in my life where I have to make these changes. I have to put my pieces together, I have to become a normal functioning adult, I have to find out who I am. I think that this is the perfect way to start.

For the next 10 days I am going to be documenting my experiences, how I'm feeling, what my emotions are doing, and any results that I see.

Stay tuned!

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