1. Eat According to Your Metabolic Type:
Did you know that everyone has a unique Metabolism? You are either Type A, Type B, or Type C. Let's break these down to get a closer look at what your daily intake should look like in terms of balancing carbohydrates, protein, and fat.
Type A: 50% Protein, 30% Fat, and 20% Carbohydrates
Type B: 70% Carbohydrates, 20% Protein, 10% Fat
Type C: 33% Protein, 33% Fat, and 33% Carbohydrates
Which are you? Matching your diet to your metabolism can have a positive impact on the way your body feels and looks. Take the Quiz here, and figure out which type you are.
2. New Equipment to Incorporate Into Your Exercise Routine:
The Ski Erg: Why? It's low impact, helps to improve your aerobic endurance and V02 Max, and it serves as a total body workout.
Resistance Bands: Why? You can take them with you when you travel, they are adaptable for all fitness levels, and they can be combined with other equipment to super-set or cross train.
Your BODY: Why? It's the only house you live in! Body weight exercises promote lean muscle gain, and in conjunction with aerobic activity, can help to eliminate excess body fat. Did you know there are 32 variations of push-ups?
3. Train For a Road Race:
There is no better way to hold yourself accountable to exercise than to sign up (actually pay) for a race. Set a date, make a plan, and make it happen!
NYCRUNS Race calendar
4. Start Tracking Your Body Fat:
In 2017, wearables are going to be a huge trend. Wearables work because they make people more mindful. They help people from overeating, from thinking they are expending more calories than they actually are when working out, and these little pieces of technology also help hold people accountable and keep people structured. Seeing how you workout in terms of statistics and numbers is going to subconsciously make you realize your trends, and help break the bad ones.
5. Track Cardio Workouts Via a Community Board/App:
Pick up the pace this next year, and join on online app/community to make you accountable for your cardio outside of the gym. Keeping tabs and being able to share your success with people doing these same this as you can not only be encouraging, but motivational and informational as well. On some of the apps, you are able to share your workouts, compare old ones, and comment on other people's hard work. It's like Facebook for running. Think about the number of times we check our Facebooks :)
6. Start Meditating for 10 Minutes Every Morning
For some people, one of the leading causes of overeating or eating poorly can be attributed to stress. There is also research that meditation can prevent chronic pain, anxiety, and insomnia. Clearing up all of these conditions can lead to a healthier lifestyle. Start the new year off with a holistic approach to your health. It's not just about sweating; it's about nutrition, and mental health as well. Let's pull it all together for 2017!
Here is a list of The Best Meditation Apps of 2016