If you're like most Americans, your resolve to become the fittest and healthiest you in 2014 is already waning — and the new year hasn't even started.
Only 8 percent of people who make a resolution keep it, according to research out of the University of Scranton. It's a disheartening statistic, but it isn't an excuse to stay stuck in your rut.
The trick is stretching that this-is-my-chance-for-a-fresh-start motivation over 365 days. Let us help.
1. Watch more TV.
If “The Biggest Loser” just isn't doing it for you anymore, a new Bravo television series called “Toned Up” has you covered. It follows personal trainers, best friends and business partners Karena Dawn and Katrina Hodgson. They created Tone It Up, a health and fitness brand worth millions. They're super healthy, and watching one episode will have you sprinting to the gym in hopes of getting bods like theirs. The series premieres at 9:30 p.m. Thursday on Bravo.
2. Check your Instagram.
Follow @skinnytaste. The New Yorker posts pictures daily of delicious, healthy, clean, low-fat, family-friendly dishes that she created herself. It's sure to inspire your next kitchen creation. You can find the recipes for each picture posted on her blog, skinnytaste.com.
3. Drink more milkshakes.
OK, when I say “milkshakes” I actually mean protein shakes that taste like milkshakes. Blend five ice cubes, one cup milk, one scoop chocolate protein powder, one banana and two scoops of PB2. (PB2 is a powdered low-calorie peanut butter substitute you can find in the health food aisle at the grocery store. I get mine at Hy-Vee.) Seriously, this recipe is better than a McFlurry but without the sugar, fat or calories.
4. Turn up the volume.
Create a new playlist and hit the gym. It's the easiest way to get moving. Start by downloading “Timber.” Yes, that Pitbull song featuring Ke$ha. It's embarrassing, yes, but OH SO CATCHY. And no one has to know when you wear headphones. Or, if glitter-covered pop songs aren't your thing, search “workout playlist” on Pinterest for inspiration.
Contact the writer: