Achieving an active, healthy lifestyle, one step at a time
I’ve always believed that achieving the goals we set for ourselves depends on determination and planning. How badly do you want it, and what do you need to do in order to achieve it? It’s for these reasons that I struggle with the idea of New Year’s resolutions. Let’s be honest, following a festive season that’s had its physical and financial implications, there couldn’t be a worse time expect people to put often vague and overwhelming goals into motion.
Nevertheless, January carries with it the promise of change by virtue of its being at the beginning of a new year. We know we should be doing something differently, and while the resolutions remain controversial, there’s something to be appreciated when it comes to a fresh start.
We sat down and thought about resolutions, realistically. Given that ‘staying fit’ and ‘losing weight’ ranked at numbers one and two on this year’s list, we decided to spread thin the fine details and uncover how the resolutionist might succeed. Whether you’re building on last year’s progress or simply starting out, we found the essentials to help up the intensity and get you going. Then, of course, we reworked the resolutions into something more manageable.
The brand: Nike
The type: you’re at the gym six days of the week and follow your own training schedule seriously. You’re working for yourself, but the varsity joggers and baggy tee are not. You’re the guy who deserves a new workout wardrobe. There’s no need to invest from top to bottom all in one go, but you’ll find that simple steps – like a sweat-wicking training top – will offer the comfort you’ve been lacking, and let you focus on what’s important.
The resolution reworked: improve your performance with the right gear.
The brand: adidas Originals
The type: you move a lot during the day, and would take an impromptu footy game over being in the gym. Although you’re mostly out and active, sturdy denims aren’t going to cut it this year. You know your way around style so you’re not prepared to resign yourself to parachute pants, but at the same time you need something that will let you lead your lifestyle, not simply live it.
The resolution reworked: since you’re always on the move, make sure there’s nothing slowing you down. Start with a basic, like a track top or trainers and you’ll find how quickly looking good has you feeling good too
The brand: basicthread
The type: you’re a fresh face at the gym. After six years of promising yourself that this was the ‘year of the abs’, 2017 really is the year.
The resolution reworked: find something you love to do, and then do it every day. Perhaps you’ve been giving up too soon because you haven’t found what’s right for you, plus you find gym environments entirely intimidating. The affordability of basicthread essentials will help you invest in a workout wardrobe that comprises four items or less while putting you on the right path to regaining that confidence. Try swimming, weight lifting, walking – whatever it is, just make sure you look forward to doing it every day and then do it.
The brand: assorted – your love for sneakers knows no bounds.
The type: fitness is not your first calling, and that’s okay. You see the benefit in being more active, you’re just not sure how.
The resolution reworked: you won’t be working out but you want to get your heart rate up and that means making active changes where possible. Take the stairs, that’s a rule. Even if you’re going up to the twentieth floor, that’s your challenge for the day. Sounds tough but at the same time, it wouldn’t hurt if those sneakers saw the outside of the shoe box. Get a sneaker cleaner if that was your next excuse, too…
The brand: Fitbit + more.
The type: Fitness fanatic – a healthy, active lifestyle is what you know best.
The resolution reworked: Get the most out of your workouts by monitoring your activity with a fitness device and motivating yourself with new headphones. Depending on the fitness device you choose, you’ll be able to get valuable insights into your heart-rate activity during workouts, as well as the calories burned, steps taken, distance covered and pace achieved where relevant. For added insights, consider a device that lets you monitor sleep, activity during the day and nutrition so that you can work towards your goals, even when you’re not working out.