New Year’s Resolutions to Get Fit that Won’t Drive you Insane

It’s almost 2016, and that means it’s time to start thinking about your New Year’s resolutions. The majority of us will choose something designed to improve our health, whether it’s a more nutritious diet, active workout regimen, or to simply get enough rest that the body can recuperate. Fitness author and certified nutritionist Lisa Dorfman aims to help.

Legally Lean: Sports Nutrition Strategies for Optimal Health and Performance by Lisa DorfmanIn a recent interview with Fit Life, the sports nutritionist and author of Legally Lean: Sports Nutrition Strategies for Optimal Health and Performance, advised readers on five great—and easy—ways to get fit in 2016. While some of them may seem like common sense, others are things you may never have considered. But Dorfman says they are all equally beneficial, and something anyone with a moderate level of determination should have no trouble sticking to.

If you’re wondering what merits Lisa Dorfman has to offer such advice, she is beyond qualified in her field. According to her bio on FoodFitness.com, Lisa Dorfman is “a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics, Board Certified Professional Counselor, Diplomat of The American Psychotherapy Association, Certified- ISAK certified anthropometrist, USAT & F & USA Triathlon coach”.

So with no further ado, let’s take a look at some recommended New Year’s resolutions to help you get fit in 2016.

Take a Day Off from Dieting

Let’s face it; when we think of starting a new diet, it’s already in the back of our minds that we’re probably going to break it. Dorfman believes diets don’t need to be so strict.

“Whether your diet is centered on paleo, vegetarian, calorie counting or otherwise, emerging research suggests intermittent dieting intensity is good for weight, mind and physique,” said the nutrition and fitness expert.

“Legally Lean means three days on and one day easy.” Notice she didn’t say, ‘one day off’, though. Gorging on junk food is ill-advised, but Dorfman suggests that moderately enjoying some foods that you’re not allowed on the other three days won’t break your diet, and will make it much easier to stick with it.

“Disciplined dieting with a break day allows for better body composition, recovery and long-term peace of mind for the dedicated, disciplined and fitness-focused man or woman,” she said.

Detoxifying Your Life

Dorfman said that everyone’s body is different in terms of how it reacts to certain “foods, beverages, environmental and social toxins”. Eliminating, or at least cutting way back on the things that “negatively impact your efforts to function at your best,” is the key to enhancing “energy, brain function and overall physical performance for sport and life.” These could include anything from carbonated beverages and snacks high in sugar, to lack of sleep or even toxic relationships.

Mix Up Your Exercise

Monotony is a bad word in just about every context, whether it’s a monotonous job, lifestyle or even fitness routine. “While experts agree that at least 30 minutes a day and/or a 300-calorie burn is all it takes to keep your body healthy, newbies or athletes who are creatures of habit need to break up their routines,” said Dorfman.

She recommends switching things up, whether it’s adding a run to your cycling routine, Pilates or yoga to your weight lifting schedule, or high-intensity interval training (HIIT) to your video workouts. If you don’t give the bodies muscles something new to work on, the every-day routines will lose their effectiveness over time.

Enjoy Your Food

How many times have you eaten a meal without even sitting down, scarfing bite after to bite to get on to the day’s next task? Too many to count, I’ll bet. Admittedly, it’s one of my most counter-productive inequities.

Dorfman said how you eat is just as important as what you eat. “The pace, position and ambiance of your meal can improve digestion and metabolism (the rate at which you use calories). Take a seat vs. standing, and take a breath between bites instead of inhaling your meal.”

I believe a good friend of mine from grade school once said it best: “I like to taste my food!”

Take a Nap!

This is perhaps my favorite of all the New Year’s resolutions on Dorfman’s ‘get fit’ list. As much as I love to sleep, I don’t get nearly enough of it, and I know the majority of you reading this will agree. The nutrition specialist said, “Getting a good night’s sleep—even an afternoon catnap—has profound implications on your hunger, hormones, physique and overall health.”

Dorfman even recommends relaxing outdoors (when the weather is warm enough) to maintain a healthy bone structure. “With a few Vitamin D rays by the pool, you may even improve your bone strength and manage achy joints!”

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