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5 Resolutions in 5 Minutes

If your New Year’s resolution has failed or just flat out never got off the ground, there’s a chance you are trying to bite off more than you can chew.

One of the primary drivers of fitness success is developing habits.

Habits can be hard to change though. Smaller, more obtainable goals can help you get in a groove.

Here are 5 resolutions you can do in 5 minutes or less that will help support your health and performance this year.

1. Practice sleep hygiene. What is sleep hygiene? Sleep hygiene is the practice of implementing habits/routines that help support an optimal night of sleep. For example, going to bed at the same time every night, turning off screens 30-45 minutes before bed, and implementing some form of active relaxation just to name a few examples.

2. Fill half of your plate with non-starchy vegetables.

3. Perform the “Big 5” Movement Patterns for 1 minute each. Squat, Hinge, Push, Pull, Lunge (Not sure how to do these? We can help show you – just reply “consult” in the subject line).

This will ensure your activating your major muscle groups on a consistent basis.

4. Practice 2-3 minutes of meditation in the morning and 2-3 minutes at night. Side note, if you have an apple watch, do you ever get annoyed when it alerts you to “Breathe”? It almost seems to know when the most inopportune time is to send said alert. But, there is a valuable message here that we shouldn’t ignore…and that is the power of stepping out of our day to day busyness and engaging in the present moment.

5. Significantly elevate your heart rate for 5 minutes. This may look like doing a few rounds on the stairs, running in place, or ripping out a quick little HIIT circuit. Get the blood moving – it will make a big difference.

Don’t despise small beginnings. You have to create some momentum if you want to be successful in this journey called fitness.