The start of a new year can bring new beginnings (and the inevitable list of personal resolutions). By taking the time to reflect on the past year’s accomplishments and short-comings, it’s easy to gain a fresh perspective on the 12 months ahead.
Year after year, health & wellness goals are main contenders on everyone's list, and with the rise of athleisure, fitness aspirations and fashion trends have never been more in sync. Here are four ways to work on achieving a sound mind, body, and spirit with your wardrobe.
TAKE CHANCES (WITH YOUR SESSIONS & STYLE)
Working out is a lot like a season’s trends – you might hit a plateau if you aren’t switching up your routine (just like re-wearing last year’s hottest styles might be out of touch). Fitness gurus suggest changing up your exercise plan every two to five weeks to keep seeing consistent results, so take the opportunity to try something new!
If your current sweat sesh is in the comfort of your own living room, take a step out of your comfort zone and try an in-person class. From spin sessions to yoga lessons, working your body out in new & exciting ways can keep things interesting. And while it might not make you more athletic, sporting a well-fitted look will always give you an extra boost of confidence. We love a great legging with inventive details or a sports bra that doubles as a cute crop top.
No gym membership? No problem. You can’t beat the view (or the workout) by going for a walk, jogging around a local park, or hiking up a national park. If working out in front of others gives you stage fright, immersing yourself in nature can also improve your physical, mental and emotional wellness. Before you embark on your next adventure, make sure you’re well-equipped for the elements with sweat-wicking materials (like this dry-touch crop) and a chic way to stay hydrated.
COUNT THE MEMORIES (NOT THE CALORIES)
A great way to stay motivated through your fitness goals is to share them with a partner! Being held accountable for gym time will keep you moving even on the days you don’t want to leave the couch. Invest in a premium pair of running shoes to survive the grind, and keep track of your progress with a watch that does way more than tell time.
At the end of the day, you need to take care of what matters most – you! It’s unlikely you’ll love every workout you end up doing, but that doesn’t mean you should give up. Indoor rock climbing not your thing? At least you tried it. Every now and then, give yourself a pat on the back (or a massage appointment) for trying new things and putting yourself out there. And why stop there? Treat yourself to an on-trend workout set or a bold and beautiful pant that’s sure to stand out.
Staying committed to your fitness goals isn’t easy. Try new things to find your niche (just like how you found your style!), and create a support system along the way. You’ll be inspired to keep moving forward if you focus on enjoying the journey more than reaching the destination.