I love the start of a new year, it always brings feelings of reflection, inspiration and motivation. The new year is often a time to start a new diary, make plans, reflect on your achievements from the previous year and to think about what you’d like to achieve in the year ahead.
For me, 2015 was the year I really found my feet with fitness. I joined Melbourne University gym and that combined with an improved outlook on healthy eating, was the reason I was able to lose 10 kgs throughout the year (it may also have had something to do with undertaking my first year of a Masters degree, which I can tell you, comes with a considerable amount of stress and minimal time to binge on dessert). I’m really happy with the progress I made in 2015 and I must remember to take time to reflect on it and be proud of myself.
Now that it’s been a whole year since I first made the decision to get off my butt and DO something about my weight and fitness level, I’m determined to keep improving during 2016. So to keep me on track and to ensure that I continue feeling inspired and motivated throughout the year, I’ve acquired a few new fitness goodies, a new work-out routine (you gotta mix it up, right?) and some new reading/viewing material which ought to give me a kick up the bum if/when I start to slack off!
CLOTHING – Now I’m not sure if I just haven’t visited a Cotton On Body store for a while or whether it’s recently started to improve but either way, their active-wear section is looking so fabulous right now! I picked up one of the cardio scoop muscle tops because not only was it super affordable, it’s also the perfect tight/baggy ratio for what I like to wear at the gym; I want a top that isn’t too low cut (no one wants to be caught in a nip slip mid-stretch) but is also fitted without clinging to every lump and bump.
I also picked up a new pair of running pants from H&M and what I love about these are that they’re really adaptable to your leg shape, they’re high-waisted so they don’t fall down when you move, and the drawstring is on the inside so you don’t have that funny looking bump when you have a longer top on. It’s the little things.
ACCESSORIES – Cotton On Body strikes again when it came to picking up an exercise mat. Starting to practice yoga was on my 2016 New Years Resolution list so when I saw these bad boys on the sale counter, I snapped one up pronto. I’ve been using it for my at-home yoga routines and it’s really great! It has enough tread to stop me from slipping around the place, while also being squishy enough to protect my weakling ankles and knees.
WORK-OUT ROUTINE – This year I’ve promised myself to be a little more adventurous when it comes to trying different types of exercise. Last year I stuck (pretty adamantly) to the cross trainer/cycling/swimming pool areas of the gym so this year I’d really like to participate in group classes such as yoga, pilates, BodyStep and BodyPump. Does anyone else get nervous before exercising in a group?
TO READ & WATCH – To give my new exercise mat a whirl and to fulfill my yoga new year’s resolution, I’ve been watching (and getting quite addicted to) Yoga With Adriene‘s fantastic YouTube channel. With playlists such as ‘Yoga for Beginners’ and ‘Morning Yoga Routines’, Adriene is a great resource for someone starting out who’d like to practice yoga in the comfort of their own home while also being guided through the work-out. I impulse purchased the most recent issue of Women’s Fitness magazine which is packed full of detailed stretches and exercises that I’m keen to give a whirl.
I’ve also recently discovered Carly Rowena’s fabulous blog which offers up a massive amount of positivity, motivation and information about health, fitness, cooking and general lifestyle goodness. Her Instagram in particular is a real good’en!
I’d love to hear about your health & lifestyle goals for 2016 and how you hope to stay on track during the year ahead so feel free to leave a comment below. All the best. x