New Year’s Resolutions As Foot Therapy

Caring for your feet has never been easier! By sticking with a fitness routine, you’re strengthening your heart and boosting blood flow to your feet. All of this is fantastic foot therapy, along with providing a dose of purpose and inspiration. But beyond January, how can you keep up with your New Year’s resolutions? 

Staying true to our New Year’s resolutions is often challenging, though our feet might think otherwise. Reframing our goals and source for change can propel our momentum — just imagine the amazing progress you could make! Whether you’re shedding pounds, shaping muscle, or building endurance, each day is a step toward your renewed self. Check out our best tips below so your head is always in the game.

Create S.M.A.R.T. goals that point you to what you would like to be doing.

S.M.A.R.T. stands for goals that are “specific,” “measurable,” “achievable,” “realistic,” and “time bound.” It’s a tried-and-true system, allowing you to formulate your intended fitness objectives within a strategy that’s reasonable and measurable.

Say, for instance, you’re looking to lose weight. You would apply S.M.A.R.T by grabbing a pen and paper, and writing out how many pounds you would like to shed. Next, you would jot down how you’re going to begin your new health regimen — maybe it’s working out in 20-minute chunks, three times a week, along with prepping and eating balanced meals for the week (more about meal prepping below).

Once you have articulated this plan, give yourself a deadline. Most experts say that you need to give a routine at least 21 days to begin noticing results, so use this timeline as your deadline. You can check in with yourself weekly or at the end of the 21 days to see where you are! Whatever happens, your hard work matters because you’re getting healthier and providing the best foot therapy that you possibly can.

Remember that goals shouldn’t deprive you either. If there is something you’re seeking to cut out of your diet or daily routine, reach for it less rather than cutting it out altogether.

Don’t reach for the moon. Start small, and do what works easiest for you.

You don’t need a gym membership for your fitness goals to take shape. If you have 20 minutes to spare, grab some free weights and a mat! From the comfort of your home, you can still achieve your new health goals. You can also find free workout videos on Youtube, like those from POPSUGAR Fitness here.

We encourage you not to feel overwhelmed and to remember your S.M.A.R.T. goals and the big picture.

If it’s tough getting into the swing of a workout, visualize yourself and the progress you’re making.

Remind yourself of why you’ve decided to move forward in this fresh direction. Focus on the “why.”

Get into the details of your workout routine, too, and locate the parts of it that are extra fun. (Maybe some moments make you feel like a boss!)

Visualizing in this way will make the time go by faster, and your health goals a long term plan that you truly enjoy.

Is your diet keeping you from your goals? Try meal prepping!

Meal prep is ever-present in the fitness world; it allows you to create nutritionally balanced meals that feed and sustain tired and growing muscles.

When you’re working out, you need to eat to replenish your body systems, and by prepping your meals for the week ahead, you’re providing yourself with nothing but a healthy diet of vitamins and proteins — the perfect recipe for your fitness goals.

You will need to base your meal prep on whether you’re losing weight or building muscle. If you’re on the hunt for the best plan, BodyBuilding.com has fantastic resources for your next meal prep, outlining what you should be eating for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Track your progress, and always reward yourself for your hard work.

Perhaps you’ve made it through your first week of 20-minute workouts, three times a week… Pat yourself on the back! Whatever brings you happiness — watching a movie or buying more fitness gear — do that and have no regrets.

Add different types of exercise into your routine, and make the great outdoors your gym from time to time!

The best way to build strength and muscle is to shake up your exercise regimen. Instead of resorting to the treadmill for each weekly 20-minute session, go on a bike ride. Doing so works other muscle groups in your body.

Since we live in the gorgeous Prescott area (and you know just how much we love it!), add in a hike or kayaking session. This lets you to reconnect with family and friends, and have fun in the process.

Are you interested in keeping up with your New Year’s resolutions? We have more tips on our Facebook and Instagram pages, too!

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