Making a New Year’s resolution is easy; keeping it is not, especially when it comes to health and fitness. National polls and studies show that gym memberships skyrocket around the New Year, but also that fitness routines last, on average, just 14 days before they are given up. If you truly want to focus on improving your health and body, you need to make a real commitment to your workout routine. But reaching for your fitness goals through diet and exercise can be frustrating. The human body does not like to let go if its fat reserves, and for many, this biological instinct leads to awkward bulges and sags that never seem to go away. A lack of results plus the challenges of working out in winter weather can make the New Year a particularly tricky time to persevere. This year, there may be a solution: a combination of CoolSculpting and winter-friendly workouts can help you get your long-term fitness in gear in 2018.
Find Your Motivation
Genetics, pregnancy, medications or hormones can mean the difference between your dream body and one with a few extra lumps and bumps. There is so much social pressure to achieve the perfect body effortlessly, but the truth is that factors beyond your control can stand in your way. If diet and exercise have not been able to get rid of your lower belly bulge or love handles, you may have thrown in your sweat-soaked gym towel and canceled your membership long ago. But CoolSculpting can be the best way for you to get your motivation back — the non-invasive procedure is quick and painless with no recovery time, and has proven that it can produce real results. It can help you sculpt even the toughest areas of your body, so when you restart your fitness routine, you know it won’t let you down.
Do What You Love
Limiting yourself to the same old gym equipment in the winter is not a great way to keep your fitness motivation up. The treadmill and weight machine get monotonous very quickly, but the cold weather and short daylight hours can make your options feel limited. Indoor workouts, though, don’t need to be restricting — in fact, with the myriad of classes, studios and specialty gyms available everywhere, there is undoubtedly a form of exercise available to you that you can enjoy time and again. If you are still searching for a fitness routine to turn into a hobby, look into some of these winter-friendly activities in your area:
- Dance fitness
- Rock climbing
- Martial arts
- Indoor sports
Try the Trends
If you’re the kind of person who likes to be in on the next best thing, there’s more good news: most of 2017 and 2018’s top fitness trends can be done indoors, and even at home with basic supplies. You can get excited about your trendy workout without the hassle of membership fees or expensive equipment, and you won’t need to worry about dragging yourself back out to the gym after a long day. High-intensity interval training, or HIIT, is at the top of the list in recent months. This powerhouse workout uses alternating rapid bursts of high exertion and light rest, leveraging the repetitive format to make you get the most out of your workout even in a short period of time. HIIT studies show it burns calories like cardio, but provides extra benefits even after your workout has ended because you have pushed your body more than you would with a more evenly-paced routine. Other top trends include bodyweight training, strength training, yoga and functional fitness like CrossFit.
This year, ring in January with confidence and resolve — schedule your CoolSculpting session with Dr. Andrews, and you can take your first step towards building the body you have always wanted. A combination of CoolSculpting and a workout routine that fits your lifestyle is the best way to make this year’s resolution last through the winter and beyond. To learn more about CoolSculpting with Dr. Andrews, contact our office at 319-382-8230 to schedule your consultation.