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5 Attainable New Years Goals
And just like that, the holidays have come and gone. 2022 is here and we are beyond excited to make it OUR year. And forget the saying “new year, new you!” We say “new year, same you, but a STRONGER you.” With the new year often comes an expectation to make high-hope resolutions that likely won’t make it to February. We’re skipping the hype this time around and instead focusing on making small changes that will create habits that actually stick. Here are five absolutely achievable goals you can set with confidence for 2022.
1. Compliment Yourself Daily
How often do you look in the mirror and nitpick over your reflection? If you find yourself stuck in the cycle, make an intentional effort to compliment yourself each and every morning. It doesn’t have to be a compliment about your physical appearance, either. Though it may feel uncomfortable at first, creating a habit of affirming yourself will start your day on the right note and over time, this can help with self love.
2. Participate in a Bar Method Challenge
During this time of year, many of our studios host challenges to kick off the new year strong. These challenges are designed to encourage you to push your mind and body to attend a certain amount of classes within a specific date range. Many times, if you complete a challenge, you earn prizes, too! Challenges are a concrete way to hold yourself accountable and then celebrate your success afterwards.
3. Move More, Sit Less
Anyone else feel like you’ve spent more and more time sitting over the past two years? With many of us working from home, it’s been more difficult to remember to get up and walk around! Set an alarm on your phone and move at least once every 60 minutes. Whether you do a few sets of diamond thigh at the kitchen sink or head to the counter for fold-over, it’s important to make a plan. Find small ways to incorporate movement into your everyday life: take the stairs whenever possible, park further from the store, stretch! Then make an effort to sign up for three to five barre classes for the week—this will help your body with flexibility and strength, making it easier to move and do everyday tasks.
4. Start a Gratitude Journal
Gratitude can be the key to living a healthy and fulfilled life. But, what does practicing and adopting an attitude of gratitude mean? Expressing gratitude on a daily basis could mean spreading kindness and patience to others or reminding yourself of all of the things you are thankful for in your own life. Gratitude has been scientifically linked with greater happiness, an improvement in health, a better approach to adversity and stronger relationships. There’s no better way to incorporate this into your life other than starting and keeping a journal that’s filled with things that you are grateful for. Try to write down three things every day.
5. Donate to a Cause You Care About
You know that feeling you get when you finish your Bar Method class? That’s the same feeling you will get when you give to someone who is in need. This year, we challenge you to donate to a cause that is close to your heart and remember, donations don’t have to mean money, you can donate your time, too! So whether you volunteer at a local children’s hospital, make a donation to a cancer research foundation, or attend a peaceful march, you will be left with a warm heart and an eagerness to do more!
6. Put Your Phone Away an Hour Before Bed
We spend insane amounts of time on digital devices throughout our day. Blue light from your phone or laptop suppresses melatonin levels and can also be bad for your vision and your brain. The alerting and notifications properties of your phone can also delay you from reaching REM sleep. So instead of getting a peaceful night of sleep, you’re awake at 3 AM staring at the ceiling. Nobody wants that! Turn that phone on airplane mode and get some well-deserved shut eye. This is your year!
We hope that 2022 is filled with moments dedicated to you and, of course, lots of Bar Method classes! It’s time to become the best version of yourself. This year can be that year! Make it happen in 2022, you got this.