New Year's Resolutions

How to kick start your New Year's resolution NOW!

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If I had to guess what the No. 1 New Year's resolution most Americans will be making, I bet we could safely say it has to do with health and fitness. As a matter of fact, according to a Nielsen poll, 37% of Americans resolved to stay fit and healthy and 32% would like to lose weight in the new year. So where do you line up here? If it's within the 69%, here are some tips below on how to kick start your new years resolution now! Without the slow start on Jan. 1! But first, whip out those pens and jot down your goals. This is important to list them out, as it will hold yourself accountable.

Prep your body

Before going on any serious diet, you should prep/detox your body. When you detox your body, you are getting rid of waste. Everyone builds waste in their body, no matter how healthy they eat. Your body absorbs toxic chemicals from the air, environment, as well as food. After you start your diet, (and likely start to lose weight), it is important to continue to flush out the toxins. Pesticides and plastics are stored in fatty tissue, and once the weight melts away, those toxins get released in the process.

In order to detox, take a look at your diet. If you know you are putting harmful items in your body you know you are not supposed to: sugar, processed meat & grains, etc. Cut those out asap, for at least 10 days, this will help reduce any cravings you have for that certain food after 10 days. There are several ways to detox, but keeping a clean diet, while drinking juices is a safe detox. There are many fads to "juicing." However often when only drinking juice, with no food, your body is fatigued and always hungry. Be sure to start a natural detox, with whole fruits, vegetables, lean protein, whole grains and healthy fats. And when you are looking to make or buy juices, be sure they are filled with plenty fruits and vegetables. Kombucha is another drink you can try while whipping your body into shape. Kombucha has actually become the new hot drink in 2018. It is a fermented tea that has plenty of antioxidants. Kombucha is very beneficial in probiotics and has plenty of health benefits!

Once you prep your body the transition to eat clean will be smooth in the new year! Detoxing also helps kick start your metabolism. And hopefully it won't just become your diet, it'll become your lifestyle!

Bring your spouse or friend along for the ride

Let's face it, breaking out of old habits and into new ones is always much easier with a partner in crime. Try to make it a habit of your household. When everyone that surrounds you is in the same health mind set, as far as diet, exercise…everything, it will make your life much simpler.

Research

Since you are planning far in advance...Do your research! You should research how you want to approach your detox and what juices to make. As well as the most important, (your New Year's Resolution), whichever diet you choose to start in January. Especially the one you are looking to continue as a lifestyle. While doing your research one item you may overlook is your sleep! Be sure in this transition that you are getting a full eight hours of sleep! You don't want to miss out on any hours. Sleep deprivation can increase hunger and make you feel sluggish during your workout. Here are some tips to keep in mind: Stay hydrated, low sodium, try to eliminate sugars and alcohol, do eat veggies, fiber, and protein.

So why wait? Kick start your New Year's Resolutions now. Tons of gyms are doing their promotions now!

Looking for a new gym to kick off your 2019 resolutions? Or maybe just a new addition to your normal workout routine. This past weekend I tried an intense new workout that challenged my body at the new Tough Mudder BootCamp in the Heights. This is not your typical gym, but it still got my heart pumping, body sweating, and feeling great! That's because they offer HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) for 45 minutes of non-stop work! The workout consists of several different stations of plyometrics, body weight exercises, abs, weighted exercises, and more. Even better…workouts through Saturday are FREE!

Every work out is different to help keep you on your toes and challenge your body. I love that the exercises take you through a full body workout, as well as a focus on abs. The workouts focus on strength, agility, power, and endurance. The workout is designed to support all levels of fitness. Even for superb athletes like myself, (kidding), but they always have modifications on each exercise that can suit anyone. For our 45-minute workout we had six different stations, each station had 1-2 exercises. For two minutes you are at that station and rotating exercises. I find it very neat and encouraging that Tough Mudder BootCamp focuses on teamwork, so most exercises you will have a partner to alternate the exercises with, while still working out the full two minutes. They focus on the team-based workouts to encourage everyone to push together to do their best and have fun. Even better…. they have TVs with examples of the exercise to follow! So when you forget 10 seconds after the instructor just walked through all the stations, you're in luck!

In the video above I will take you through a little snippet of the TMB workout. I start out with some kettle bell swings and then move into "spider-mans," or side mountain climbers. Trust me, just :30 of those bad boys feels like two minutes. Then you have some dumb bell deadlifts to curl, while your partner is doing push-ups, then you switch after one minute. For the next two minutes straight, you are doing tri-cep dips, while working those tiny little tri-cep muscles. Then at the next station you have a little bit of agility and cardio. While one person is doing kettle bell deadlifts, the other is running in and out of the cones, not only forward, but backwards as well and then full sprint down. Now let's get in some abs; these are knees to elbow, (key is: don't let your feet drop), this will be for :45 seconds straight. On the other hand your partner would be doing a dead hang from the bar, with the chin above. A little bit harder than I thought, but as always there are always modifications. We went through 6 stations for 3 rounds at 2 minutes each station, not bad and quite challenging. And somewhere in the middle of my video, I challenged myself to cross all monkey bars from one end to another. I'm going to re-challenge myself again soon to cross all the monkey bars forward and backwards, as I saw franchise owner Jason Stanley do ever so swiftly.

And after he got off the bars, I caught up with Jason to get his thoughts on something that was once a thought and now a reality.

"We're excited to officially introduce Houston to our Tough Mudder Bootcamp team this weekend! Our team-based high intensity workouts have already been a big hit with our early members, and everyone agrees that having a team nudging you outside of your comfort zone makes all the difference. We're looking forward to growing the tribe and helping more people achieve their fitness goals while making new friends at TMB." – Jason Stanley, Tough Mudder BootCamp Franchise Owner.

Remember Grand Opening is this Saturday and TMB will have 2 workouts at 11 a.m. and 12:30, and you can sign up on the app or website. But if you can't get in by Saturday don't worry, anyone can try the workout for free on their first time anytime! Grand Opening is from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. with Fit Bit giveaways, tickets to a SaberCats games, membership giveaways, and more!

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