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15 Easy Fitness Tips for 2015 (Part I)

So, your New Year’s resolution is to get in shape – welcome to club! That’s what we’ve all resolved to do, but like everyone else we’re looking for the easiest ways to make a big difference.</br></br>That doesn’t mean we’re lazy. We’ve been taught to “work smarter, not harder” and we intend to put that sage wisdom to good practice. And to start, we’ve looked high and low for the 15 easiest changes we can make to get fit in ’15 in this two-part series. Here are the first six:</br></br><strong>1. No snacking after 8pm (when on regular hours).</strong></br></br>Obviously, schedules are relative, but the idea is to not eat in the last 2-3 hours before bedtime, when your metabolism starts to slow and the calories just go straight into storage.</br></br><strong>2. Walk and take the stairs more.</strong></br></br>You’re going to hear this more than once on our way to #15, but the little things add up. A big part of getting in shape is reaching the point where you feel like you <em>can</em> get into shape. It’s hard to start at Level 0 and these little challenges can help you build a baseline.</br></br><strong>3. Meditate and learn to breathe.</strong></br></br>Mr. Miyagi was right – it really is all about breathing and focus. You don’t need a <a title="Yoga Mats" href="http://www.atgstores.com/sports/sporting-goods/fitness/yoga-equipment/yoga-mats/" target="_blank">yoga mat</a> and a plug-in waterfall. All you need is five minutes in a quiet place. Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth, deeply, and get in tune with your muscles and your body. It helps.</br></br><strong>4. Flip your mattress.</strong></br></br>Odds are you’re due to flip your <a title="Mattresses &amp; Mattress Sets" href="http://www.atgstores.com/furniture/bedroom-furniture/beds-mattresses/mattresses-mattress-sets/" target="_blank">mattress</a>, and that little maneuver can make a big difference. Anyway, it never hurts to try, and there’s a good chance it’ll result in better sleep.</br></br><strong>5. Pack your lunch more often.</strong></br></br>This is a twofer, because saving money will improve your disposition, which will give you more energy. But, the real bonus is that almost anything you bring from home is going to be healthier than eating out, unless you’re buying salad, in which case you can just bring a salad from home.</br></br><strong>6. Have one less cocktail, cigarette, potato chip, etc.</strong></br></br>No one’s telling you to stop, because everyone knows that’s counterproductive. But, if you try to stop just one shy of your usual intake you can more easily get on the path to forming healthier habits.</br></br>Stay tuned for seven more easy fitness tips for 2015!
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