Whenever the end of the year comes around, it's easy to think about the holidays and all of the delicious meals and parties that occur. Instead of thinking about your 2022 fitness goals a few days before the ball drops, CITYROW VP Founding Instructor Annie Mulgrew suggests coming up with a plan before it's too late.
"Spend the last few days of 2021 determining what your short-term (think monthly) and long-term (think quarterly and for the year) goals are," the fitness guru exclusively tells Morning Honey. "Not just your fitness goals but your goals for perhaps your professional and social life as well. Then, come the first of 2022 you will be excited and inspired to get to work on these goals!"
"You have to know what your goals are and believe that reaching them is possible," she shares. "Write them down. Say them into the universe. And then, spend time each day or at least each week revisiting them!"
If you're feeling lethargic or unmotivated, Mulgrew suggests getting "into a routine."
"Choose workouts that you love, ones that you will be excited to show up for," she notes. "This is not the time of year to force yourself to start strength training or to run 10 miles a day. Turn on your favorite jams and dance around for a bit before getting into your workout to get your blood and endorphins flowing!"
Ultimately, working out and eating healthy will put you in a better mindset, which is helpful — especially in our day-to-day lives.
"When we dedicate time each day to moving in a conscious way, it typically has a snowball effect. Meaning, we make better choices throughout the day," she explains. "While the holidays are (hopefully) a joyful, social time to be with family and friends, it can also be draining. It is important that we keep ourselves from becoming completely depleted. Being 'healthy' is a relative term, and what is 'healthy' for me may not be 'healthy' or necessary for someone else, that said, taking time to make sure you move, hydrate, perhaps meditate or a few minutes of focused breathing upon waking and/or going to bed will ensure that you feel alive during the holidays rather than clinging to dear life!"
In order to stay fit during this crazy time of year, the New York City resident advises others to "prioritize consistency over intensity" when working out.
"Carving out time each day, whether that is 10 minutes of stretching in the morning or a full 50 minute cardio plus resistance training workout, will not only help you stay on track but will also provide you with an opportunity each day to give your mind and body some love and attention (read: relieve inevitable holiday stresses, set the tone for your day, etc.)," she says. "Often times we tell ourselves that unless we have a good hour to dedicate to our workout, it isn’t worth it, but that simply isn’t true. Any amount of time is better than no amount of time."
Since Mulgrew is so passionate about rowing — CITROW offers high-intensity, low-impact burn classes or you can buy one for your own home — she wants others to try out the machine, too.
"The CITYROW GO MAX makes it super easy to squeeze in a workout anytime and that’s why it is always my go to, whether it’s for 10 minutes as a little pre-game to a holiday event together or for a full 50 minutes on a day when I do not have a social obligation!" she says.
She adds, "I am most excited to announce that CITYROW launched live classes (which become available on demand the next day in our huge library of workouts), so get your Max Rower and CITYROW subscription and let’s row together into the new year!"
So, what are you waiting for? Start manifesting your hopes and dreams now.
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