Hello Sunny fam, and welcome to week one of the New Year New You 2022 Fitness Challenge. Our New Year New You Program is designed to make 2022 your best year yet. This program is 6 weeks long, and this is the week to start it all - week one.
In week one, we’ll be talking all about movement. Get prepared to take a deep dive into why movement is important, what it means to you, and how to get started with your new year fitness goals!
At the end of this article, you’ll find your weekly challenge. So, if you’re ready to enter 2022 with a fresh perspective towards your exercise routine, it all starts here.
New Year New You 2022, Week One: Movement
For so many of us, just moving has been hard to achieve in the past few years. The pandemic hit, and it changed everything. In all honesty, it set me off my healthy habits, and I know I’m not alone.
After many conversations with the Sunny trainer team, we decided that just making the goal to move in week one of 2022 was the best way to get started. It’s a goal that may sound too simple and practical, but a goal that so many of us are currently failing to achieve.
Why is Movement Important?
Movement is incredibly important. We weren’t meant to be sedentary. Research shows when we move - we feel better. Exercise boosts our mental performance, heart health, strength, ability to complete daily tasks and enjoy time with those around us, it gives us confidence, and so much more.
Need motivation? Hear from some of your favorite trainers on why movement is important to them.
What Type of Exercise is Best?
Oftentimes when starting a new workout plan or fitness resolution, people will choose a workout based on how they want to look, or what they think is cool, or what they see people doing on Instagram or TikTok...right?
I see people get caught up on all kinds of details like ‘what burns the most calories?’ and ‘what’s most worth my time?’ but then they drop off their new routine within weeks. It won’t matter what exercise you do if you can’t stick with it.
To accomplish a specific goal, it’s helpful to do an activity that moves us towards it. For example, if you have a goal to run a 5K, hopefully running is a part of your workout plan. But if you hate running, maybe consider a different fitness goal. Research shows when we enjoy what we’re doing, we’re a lot more likely to do it.
If you can find enjoyment and spark passion in the activity you choose to do, you’ll be more likely to continue doing it! It may take some trial and error, so be patient, and enjoy the ride.
Keep reading to hear what your favorite Sunny trainers have to say about what workout they think is the best workout for you in 2022.
Tips for Getting Started with Your Exercise Routine
My top tip for getting started, is to just start! As silly and simple as it sounds, when you move your body, you get excited to do it again. For me, it only takes one time - one run, one walk, one hike, one strength workout, some yoga - and I’m hooked on how it makes me feel.
That’s why we’ve created our movement challenge (more on this below). The hardest part is setting the date for your workout and getting yourself there. If you can show up for yourself, the hardest part of your workout is done!
Check out these top tips our Sunny trainers were eager to share to help you in your fitness journey in 2022.
Week One Movement Challenge
Challenge: Find a way you enjoy moving, do it 3 times this week.
We all know movement is important - but doing it is easier said than done. No more excuses! This goal is simple and easy to accomplish.
I promise once you start moving, you’re going to be excited about doing it again. Before you know it, you’ll become your own inspiration.
You’ll be amazed at how quickly your mindset shifts from 'I have to’ move to ‘I get to’ move. All you have to do is get moving!
Beyond New Year New You: How to Set the Best New Year’s Fitness Resolution for You
The challenge above is just a small taste of the year to come. It’s meant to get you thinking more than anything and excited to get moving in 2022. So, how to approach your fitness goals after New Year, New You? Don’t worry my friends, I’ve got your back. Below I’ve included my top 4 tips to help you get started.
1. Start a Fitness Journal
So, you’re ready to start working towards some fitness goals? It’s time to ask yourself some important questions.
Why do you move? Who do you move for? What does movement mean to you? In what ways do you enjoy moving?
I encourage you to jot it down in a journal. This is the first step into creating a fitness routine that’s not just a good routine, but one that’s good for you.
2. Take An Inventory Workout
To help narrow down the choices for your workout sessions, I encourage you to answer two questions first.
1) Does this workout help me reach my goals?
2) Do I enjoy this workout?
Keep in mind the best workout will allow you to answer yes to both questions.
3. Set a Calendar Date
Set a date in your calendar. When we mark it down, we set a commitment to ourselves to make it happen. When we complete that action, we take pride in our actions, and that pride fuels our future actions.
4. Start Small
While we all like to dream big, starting small is the path to success. When we set goals - complicated routines, unrealistic schedules, or long workouts can hold us back from setting a goal in motion. Take baby steps!
Just like James said, Start with just 10 minutes of exercise. If you feel like doing more - which you most likely will - great, do more! And if you don’t, you get 10 minutes of amazing exercise which is also an incredible win.
My goal is for you to enjoy the amazing benefits movement has for your body, mind, mood, and life; and, most importantly, to do it in a way you enjoy! Let us know how this first week goes in the comments, Sunny team.