That's it. No more late-night pizza runs and 8-hour WOW and cookie dough binges. It's resolution season, and this year we have five resolutions (and local solutions) worth sticking to.
Make It Happen: Get a gym membership and pump some iron at least four times per week. Most gyms offer a free personal training session with a membership so you can learn the basics. The key is to push yourself. When you think you've had enough, lift more. Extremely sore? Good. If you get bored, start going to classes or hire a personal trainer for a few sessions. Increase your protein intake and incorporate some cardio.
4. Do a Triathalon
Make it Happen: The key to triathalon training is creating a schedule and sticking to it diligently. Give yourself plenty of time to train, and consider hiring a temporary coach or attending a training camp. To many, the swim is the most challenging part so be sure to work on your stroke. It's also important to get used to combining the sports. Be sure to schedule two workouts a day, one from each category.
3. Become a Yoga Fanatic
Make It Happen: Find a nearby, convenient studio that offers classes of all levels. Studios vary in grade of spirituality, so do a little research. Many studios allow first timers to try a class for free. After you've picked a spot, try anything with Level 1, hatha, or gentle in the name. Remember to take it slow, and keep showing up every week.
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Make It Happen: You need a support group. Join the dieting blogosphere, recruit a friend, or join a weight-loss group. It's crucial to have someone you can talk to about any struggles or accomplishments with your diet. Now go buy some nutrition books and cookbooks and go grocery shopping. Stocking up will get you motivated. From here, it just takes a little research and a lot of discipline. We have faith you can get your jiggly butt down a few pounds.
1. Run a Marathon
Make It Happen: Pick a race, make a schedule, and join a running group. Most local running shops host several weekly group runs and many of these runs focus on training for a particular race. Click here for more tips on endurance training.