If you’re like most of us, you hit the ground running in January. You painstakingly listed your top 2015 goals, vowing this year is going to be different! — get fitter, spend more time doing things you really want to do, find new workouts and meal plans — essentially rebuild yourself, inside and out, mind, body and soul.
But, as statistics readily point out, more than 60 percent of us will find our resolutions slipping away shortly after the new year as life gets in the way. But that doesn’t mean you’ve failed. It’s just a matter of perspective — time to regroup, gather all the motivation you can find, and get back to building the best body, mind and spirit just in time for spring.
There’s still plenty of time to put your plans into place — all you need to do is to muster the confidence in yourself to make it happen. And that’s where the ever-dependable Oxygen community comes into play. Here are just some of the inspiring words of wisdom from our experts in this month’s issue to get you back on track.
Spend a minimum of 30 minutes a day being active. Instead of wasting half your lunch break looking at emails or Facebook, get out and move. Skip the nighttime TV and go for a moonlit stroll. The increased blood flow will help energize you and boost your mood.
— Fitness expert Kim Lyons-Schlierkamp
Skip detox; eat smarter!
Any weight loss produced during a liquid cleanse will almost assuredly be followed by weight gain. — Seattle-based nutritionist Michelle Babb, MS, RD
Burn more fat!
“Incorporating high-intensity interval training increases the size of a muscle cell’s mitochondria by an amazing 35 percent and amps up your fat-burning potential.” — Len Kravitz, Ph.D., and Oxygen advisory board member
Stay in touch,
Diane Hart, Editor-in-Chief
P.S. One final thought: Give yourself some leeway. Be kind to yourself and break some rules: It’s great to have training plans, but sometimes it’s good for the soul to get off the grid. The other day, I took a detour from my usual path to the gym at lunch and instead went for a run along a bike path, savoring the bracing breezes, soaring birds and fresh smell of the outdoors. I returned to the office newly inspired and energized. I highly recommend it!
On The Cover
Tri It Out
Figure Olympia runner-up Candice Keene gears up for the Arnold and shares her secret to terrific triceps.
By Lara McGlashan, CPT, Fitness Editor | Photography by Robert Reiff
Formula For Fat Loss
If you want to build muscle and lose fat (hello, everyone!), you need the right formula. Postworkout, you can't do better than dip into these healthy fat-busting recipes.
By Jessie R. Shafer, RD | Photography by Cory Sorenson
More Bang, Less Buzz
If you are looking to get lean but don't enjoy the jitters, check out these nonstimulant fat-loss supplements.
By Jonathan Mike, Ph.D.(C), CSCS, NSCA-CPT
The March 2015 issue of Oxygen magazine is on sale February 17, 2015. Pick up your copy today!