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07 Jan Adventures with Ami: Whatever it Takes

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According to Yahoo! News…

Nearly two thirds of adults set fitness goals as part of their New Year’s resolutions. But 73 percent abandon those goals without success, often within six weeks or less, according to a new US survey announced Wednesday.

On average, those people who set fitness resolutions say they have tried and failed to achieve those goals around four times in the past. The top three stumbling blocks are difficulty in following a diet or workout regimen (42 percent), difficulty getting back on track once they fall off (38 percent), or inability to find time (36 percent). – Yahoo! News

Make this year different.

Employing any number of tools at your disposal to get you moving, keep you moving and track your progress, can make all the difference.  There are web sites, apps, gadgets and services that can help you this year.  From tricked out pedometers like the FitBit, to creative running apps like Zombies, Run!, there is something for everyone.

Whether you are looking for a buddy to keep you motivated, a trainer to help you with proper form, a class to try before you buy, or a food coach to help you figure out how to cook great plant-strong meals at home – this is the best time of year to try out services.  It is prime time for gym membership free-trial weeks, even great deals on yoga classes like 30 days of unlimited classes for $30 can be found this time of year.  Looking for accountability – try Engine 2 Extra – an amazing online community with a variety of groups and challenges for keeping you on plan and motivated this year.

Deciding on what to do can be as tough as getting your foot in the door of a class or a gym.  So many options exist now in the fitness arena, if you like bicycling, try spinning.  Dancing more your thing?  Give Zumba a try.  Need to de-stress or increase your flexibility? Yoga can be great for both.  Masters Swim Team classes like Rip Esselstyn does can also be a lot of fun if you like to swim.  Personal Trainers often have free sessions to offer if you’ve never worked with a trainer before.  Live in a cold climate? A lot of shopping malls even have walking clubs that offer store discounts for completing so many miles.

If you have a smart phone, check out the vast array of fitness apps available.  Timers, scheduling apps, trackers, yoga guides, weight training apps, running playlists, podcasts, and so many more ingenious ideas exist in the app world, it’s really startling when you start looking around.  A few of my favorites include: Nike Training Club, Nike+ Running GPS app, Zombies, Run!, Hundred PushUps and Cyclometer.

Many of the fitness apps and devices available today can also pair with social media.  I found this to be particularly helpful.  Accountability is what helps keep me on task.  This summer my friend Jenny, who also runs, noticed I had not been reporting my runs on Facebook like I had been doing via the Nike+ app.  We had joined a new gym with a pool and I had switched things up and start swimming for a change of pace.   We encourage each other to run more often.  For me, pairing my fitness activities with Facebook and Twitter really works.  If I wimp out and only run a mile on the treadmill, when I usually run two or three, my friends can see it 🙂 On the same note, when I run well, my friends are first in line to give me kudos and encourage me to keep going.

My apps let me set goals and help me to keep them.  Set small goals that are easily accomplished when you are just getting started.  Buddies are also helpful and can encourage you to try harder. Find a friend to walk with or take a class with if you can.  My husband and his weight training partner have a $20 deal… if one of them fails to show up for working out, they other $20.  So far, no money has changed hands.

Walking, running, swimming, yoga, spin class, zumba, weights, pilates, boxing, whatever you choose to do… employ any and all helpful mechanisms to get you to move, keep you moving and making progress.

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Ami Mackey for Engine 2
Ami Mackey

Ami Mackey is the Curator of Creative Content at Engine 2. She is also a food coach at Engine 2 and has been plant-strong since 2011. When she isn't attending to all things Engine 2, she is the Program Director at St Louis All City Boxing a nonprofit youth program. She has earned certificates from eCornell in Plant-Based Nutrition & Fitness Nutrition from NASM.

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