If you’re reading this by now then that unfortunately means that 85% of individuals who set forth to crush a fitness, health, or wellness goal to start off the year have sadly already admitted defeat. And that's not just fitness, that is all New Year’s Resolutions, of which, an overwhelming number of those are health-related. However, come January 21st, nearly five out of every six that committed have determined to not keep trying to improve themselves.
Hopefully, if you're reading this, maybe, just maybe you are part of the fifteen percent that are still hanging around, determined not to become just another stat casualty. However, maybe you are the larger percent that might have lapsed on crushing your newfound fitness goals, and maybe, just maybe this is what you needed to read to help get back on track.
Quick Tips for Resetting the Clock
Here are a couple of top pointers that can help you recalculate and get back on track, or keep sticking with them if you were in the fifteen percentile.
- Progress over Perfection
Results don't happen overnight no matter how badly we want them to. Most of the time it should be about the journey, not the end goal. Consistency is the key to long-term success and always remember that the tortoise wins the race in the end.
- Own Slip-ups
Everyone slips up or goes off plan during their fitness journeys. Things come up that are unexpected. Instead of sulking in your own misery, own those mistakes and take control of them; don’t let them take control of you. Life happens and sometimes you gotta roll with the punches.
- Use S.M.A.R.T. Goals
Simply stating that you want to lose 30 lbs. is great in theory, but it sets you up for failure. You need an action plan to help you get to your goal weight. Using S.M.A.R.T. goals makes sure it's trackable.
S - Specific
M - Measurable
A - Attainable
R - Relevant
T - Time-bound
- Refresh your Workout Wardrobe
A simple little way to help you get back on track is to utilize some shopping therapy. Maybe it’s time to update your gym wardrobe. When ya look good, ya feel good, ya do good, and the right fitness gear can help you achieve this.
The Best Stylish Fitness Gear
It’s time to refresh your fitness wardrobe. Here are some of the best things to add to your gym bag to get you back on track.
Modest Vintage Player Gym Bag
Their mission was to set out to make the world's finest yet functional, athletic products and goods - that would be an understatement of the quality of their craftsmanship. Their newly release deluxe leather vintage gym bag is everything you need in a duffle bag to commute to and from the gym.
The supple 100% full-grain top leather is a rich cognac color and just the perfect size to fit everything you need to bring to the gym. The two inner zip pockets are perfect for stashing valuables with the perfect stripped linen lining. The best part about this bag is that the more use it gets, the better it becomes as it ages like fine wine. An instant fitness heirloom.
Tracksmith Harrier Tee
Since its inception in 2014, Tracksmith has slowly been blurring the lines between athletic performance apparel and aesthetics, a service to all those who work out. While they were born into the running and race scene, their lineup serves more than just those who love to pound the pavement.
Their Harrier tee is of a simple, plain design produced with high-quality performance in mind. Featuring the all-amazing Merino wool, this tee is the perfect option to take on those long, lonely road miles or the toughest of HIIT workouts you can throw at it.
Ten Thousand Interval Short
Ten Thousand designed the perfect workout short when they created their interval short. Through testing and retesting with some of the world's highest-performing athletes, including pro CrossFitters and world-record-holding endurance athletes, Ten Thousand stands true to its products with its philosophy of “stoic dedication to continuous improvement.”
The interval short features 4-way stretch fabric, is sweat-wicking and quick drying, and comes in three different lengths, as well as the ability to come with or without an inner liner, this is the perfect workout short.
Modest Vintage Player French Terry Jogger and Hoodie Set
While the brand may have started off mastering artisanal leather goods, they have incorporated its brand products into clothing and accessories as well. Their combo jogger and hoody set bring back those old-school vintage vibes that echo the likes of Muhammad Ali floating around in the ring.
100% French Terry cotton, pre-shrunk, and just the perfect amount of weight to help get a little additional sweat going, yet not overly restrictive like most joggers are nowadays. Functional and aesthetic. The Louisville Lip would concur.
Smartwool Run Cold Weather Crew Socks
Merino wool is the superior material when it comes to performance apparel. Breathable, moisture-wicking, odor-inhibiting, and eco-friendly, what is there not to love? The Smartwool run cold weather crew socks are over 50% Merino wool, feature a crew-cut height (perfect to pair with the Nobull high tops), and a virtually seamless toe for additional comfort. This is the perfect all-around fitness sock.
Nobull High-Top Trainers
The original Chuck Taylors were revolutionary back in the day as a major breakthrough for sneakers worn by professional athletes and put high-top sneakers on the map, dominating the market. Today, they are just as prevalent. This pair by Nobull takes that legendary design a step further.
The high-cut collar has some additional padding to help secure a snug fit without causing irritation from canvas materials, as this shoe features SuperFabric, “an extremely durable, breathable, and abrasion-resistant material.” The lateral and medial shoe walls feature carbon material with reinforced protection, making this a great option for all kinds of workouts, even those with lateral movement patterns. Top it all off with a micro-suede tongue, and you have yourself an overly comfortable, yet functional trainer.
Lululemon Wunder Puff Vest
New Year’s Fitness Resolutions usually imply colder weather for a good portion of the population. Whether you’re traveling to and from the gym, or occasionally wanna face the frigid temps for an outdoor run, making sure you stay warm is crucial. Lululemon devised this amazing Wunder Puff vest to be up to the task of battling the elements.
Made with waterproof canvas and 100% certified Responsible Down Standard with a 600-count fill, this vest will keep you insulated no matter what the outdoor temperature is, and features PrimaLoft technology to help you regulate body temperature.
Vilebrequin x The Woolmark Company Swim Trunks
Maybe the weight room was never your thing and you prefer triathlon training, open water workouts, or simply prefer swimming laps in the pool. Having a set of trunks that perform to those high standards while also looking the part is never an easy task to find. Throw on top of it a pair developed in collaboration with The Woolmark Company, featuring Australian Merino wool to enhance performance and have a healthier economical impact on the environment and you have the perfect shorts.
Wool just so happens to be UV resistant, breathable, and a soft natural fiber which makes it the perfect choice in swim trunks, if only more brands would follow suit. This pair by Vilebrequin features a drawstring closure, two side pockets, and a back pocket with velcro closure. The only thing this pair cannot do is swim those laps for you.
Modest Vintage Player Retro Heritage Leather Jump Rope
Doing what they do best, this stunning retro-era leather jump rope by Modest Vintage Player is by far the best leather rope around. Others feel flimsy, cheap, and rarely have good a rotational cadence. This rope by MVP is the complete opposite of that.
Featuring weighted timber handles, a perfect size nine-foot rope, and ball bearings to make speed work achievable with leather, this rope has it all. The handles feature a perfect comfortable grip, this jump rope is perfect for any HIIT work, CrossFit WOD, or leisurely morning cardio session. As they like to say at MVP, “Form is temporary, class is permanent.”
Whether you strayed from your new year, new you, plans, or have been steadily committed to your New Year's Resolutions, the best stylish workout gear will help you no matter which category you fall into.
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