In order to bring you some inspiration, Jagruti Verma talks to fitness experts across the city to find out about their 2017 New Year’s resolutions
While we’re all used to making and breaking New Year’s resolutions before the first week of January has ended, there are people out there who have the willpower to keep their resolutions going through the year. We found a few such people, and asked them what their resolutions for 2017 were — especially when it came to health and fitness. See what the experts are telling us.
LEARNING TO HELP
I am planning to learn Iyengar yoga next year, because I think it will help me to get some in-depth knowledge about how to strengthen my body from within. Among other things, I would also like to do a course on dry needling and Pilates. These will help me to gain knowledge that I will later be able to use to help others. As a trainer, I want to put in more of an effort to train and educate people who complain about knee, shoulder and back pain, in order to help them improve joint mobility and muscle flexibility. I think that what people need to understand is that half an hour of a good training program can benefit them more than if they were spending two hours at a gym. They should try to make the most of their time for the sake of their health!
— Swapneel Hazare, senior fitness consultant, ProSport Fitness
WORKING ON STRENGTHS
My fitness resolution for 2017 is to work on my strengths. My goal for 2016 was to be able to do pull-ups and since I have achieved that, I am hopeful that in 2017 I’ll be able to do different variations on them. I’m also interested in Mixed Martial Arts, so my aim is to improve my technique and advance my skills there as well.
— Mishti Khatri, strength and conditioning coach, H.E.A.L Institute
THE GOODNESS OF SOMETHING NEW
‘When was the last time you did something for the first time?’ is a question that keeps coming back to me and so every year, I decide to do something new, something that I have never done before. I always try to answer that question with a positive reply and a new point to support it. My belief is that there is so much to life that one can experience. And so, my goal for next year is to learn how to surf properly and get good at it!
— Namrata Purohit, certified pilates and barre instructor
TO BECOME A BETTER ME!
My resolution for 2017 is not just to improve myself physically, but mentally as well. Of course, I am determined to bring my best physique to the stage as an athlete, but most importantly, I want to work on getting a fitter mind and becoming a better person and a better mother! If I were to tell you what my goal for next year was, it will be to work on my legs and tone them well. In the end, I just want to continue to improve physically, age gracefully and think wisely.
— Sonali Swami, fitness Instagrammer
ADD THESE TO YOUR TO-DO LIST
Yes, we know that it’s difficult to stick to New Year’s resolutions. The trick may lie in picking simple things to follow! Try some of these on for size.
Wake up for your partner: You may find it difficult to wake up early for yourself, but when you’re given the responsibility of waking up a loved one on time, you could find yourself more disciplined.
Get yourself a pretty bottle: Do you often forget to drink water when you’re working? Buy a pretty or attractive bottle to help you remember to drink more water during the day.
Unload your phone: Delete a few applications from your phone, especially games and social media apps. This will help you to go to bed on time and eventually to sleep better too.
Work your space right: Add a motivational quote to your desktop and pin pictures of your family and friends up on your board. This will help you to feel right at home and it will have a good effect on your health too!
Keep experimenting: Try to develop a taste for new exotic things that your tongue hasn’t tasted, especially if they are healthy food items. A few months down the line, you may even begin to like broccoli!