To all you feminine outdoor lovers, "Happy New Year!”
2016 is finally here. All the craziness and celebrations have wound down, and we all find ourselves in the same position, trying to get back to some form of normality. Our little black dresses and party outfits have been put away along with the copious champagne glasses that have cluttered the kitchen counter over the last month or so.
Someone once famously quoted as saying “Cheers to another new year and another opportunity for us to get it right!” After a month of indulging and using the excuses of “It’s Christmas” and “It’s New Year’s” we can find ourselves in situations that we often swore we would never get ourselves into again. Let’s face it the month of January can be a somewhat intimidating month, especially with that never-ending list of (mostly unrealistic) New Year’s resolutions to live up to. And if we’re going to be totally honest about it all, very few of these so-called New Year’s resolutions get fulfilled. Instead they get pushed to the backburner until the following year, when we’ll make the same fruitless promises to ourselves. And what happens? We end up feeling guilty…
Every person has different New Year’s resolutions. But there’s one New Year’s resolution that’s prevalent no matter where you are in the world, and that’s losing weight. In theory getting fit for the New Year is a great idea, but in reality it’s something quite different. Here are a few simple tips to make sure you get 2016 off to the right start, a healthy start!
Create Some All-Important Me-Time
Me-time - it’s something you don’t really get enough of, especially if you’re a working mom or a busy professional, who’s trying to multi-task a million and one different things.
But, you probably know too well that having some quality me-time away from the hustle and bustle is essential. Creating some special me-time each week is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself. It could be going out to the gym, spending more time at the beach, going for a leisurely stroll, or doing something more creative such as painting or watching the movies you want to watch. At the end of the day it doesn’t really matter what you do as long as you get enough time to do it each week.
Put your swimsuit on and go for a swim at the local pool or beach, grab your surfboard and rash guard and hit the surf, take a long walk through the park, meditate, or listen to your favorite tunes – do what you need to do, but just remember this is your time and it isn’t a time that you should share with anyone else. In fact go that one step further, switch off your phone, put the laptop away and cherish that alone time.
Be More Active
Forget promising yourself to lose weight or drop a few dress sizes – this puts too much pressure on yourself, and you’ll just end up feeling totally disappointed if you don’t achieve it. You don’t need to do strenuous workouts or run a marathon, but you do need to remember one thing – as soon as you stop moving and being active, you stop living.
Instead of always saying “I will”, start right now, today! If a hard sweaty workout at the gym isn’t your thing, try something else. There’s a form of exercise that everyone enjoys, you just need to find it. Perhaps you could grab your swimsuit and do a few laps at the pool. Maybe you could put on your water-inspired gear and do a bit of quiet meditating and stretching. You could put your gym shoes on and just take the dog for a walk as long as it’s a brisk walk…
Aim at doing some form of exercise for 30 minutes a day. It will be challenging in the beginning, especially if you haven’t done exercise in a while, but your health and fitness should always be a priority, so make this a goal for 2016.
Stress affects everyone, and you’d be surprised at how much negativity and holding onto grudges can consume you. One of the best things about starting a new year is to put things into your past and start over again. If you can do this, you’ll instantly feel refreshed and re-energized.
If you want to do this well and have a brand new start, you need to let go of any grudges. Get rid of all those demons and the negativity of your past and move on. Forgive people. Forgiving others can be hard, and forgiving yourself can be even more challenging, but at the end of the day, you’ll feel better for it. Do this, and you’ll instantly feel like a weight has been lifted off your shoulders. You’ll feel a lot lighter and happier, and in essence, you’ll be ready to take on the world again.
Focus on the positive in your life instead of the negative, and you’ll see the universe has a lot more to offer you.
Plan More Vacations
You don’t have to plan an extravagant round-the-world trip, but you should aim to get away more, even if it just means packing your beach clothes and heading to the coast for the weekend. There are many benefits of going on vacation. It makes you feel healthier. You’ll be able to de-stress. You’ll be able to see and do more, and it will help you become more active, which in turn will lead to you being more productive, which means there’s more chance of success in every area of your life.
Whatever outdoor activity you choose to take up, Aqua Design has an awesome range of quality activewear and beach wear for men and women. A new year is here; don’t waste it, because when you change your mindset and become more active, the possibilities are endless.