As so many people do, I'm making a resolution to "get more fit" and "lose weight." Losing weight is an easy one to quantify. I'm starting the year at one weight; I'm going to finish it at a lower one. Right now, I'm keeping that goal fairly simple: lose 12 pounds. Great! One pound a month! Surely I can do that! If I meet with great success, I can set a new goal! Getting more fit has seemed like the more difficult one to define, though. Losing weight alone is not a definite sign. I know very slender people who struggle with activities that people twice their size handle with minimal to no difficulty.
It seems that answer rests with determining a baseline of where I'm starting. I've participated in a number of month long challenges where you increase your endurance of a particular exercise by adding reps or holding it longer. These are always successful for that month, but then I'm bored with it and have no particular desire to revisit it. With that in mind, I've created a free printable that I will be using and you are more than welcome to print out and use as well. (Small print: consult with your doctor before starting any sort of weight loss program or exercise regime. I'm not a doctor and I haven't played one on TV.)
On this handy dandy printable, I've listed some very basic exercises. On January 1 I will list my starting weight and how many of each one of these exercises I can do (or the duration I can hold them, in the case of something like the plank). I will do each one of these exercises back to back and in the order listed (at least that's the hope) so I've tried to put a good mix of muscle groups that are tested in an order where I don't feel like I will be using the same muscles over and over again. For example, I don't really want to plank right after doing sit-ups. On or around the first day of each month afterwards, I will put myself through the same paces again and (hopefully) see some improvement on each of those fronts. I'm hoping this will allow me to pursue the exercises that are fun and interesting to me at the time and show me where I might need to focus more of my strength training for an overall fit body!
Obviously, if you are planning to do this with me, I would love for you to let me know in the comments! If you have any other suggestions or advice (or would just like to cheer me or warn me of some pitfalls to this plan), I would welcome those as well!
Cheers to a fitter new year!