Whether you love ‘em or avoid ‘em, there’s no doubt that setting – and then successfully conquering – a well thought-out New Year’s Resolution is one of the best ways to ensure a fulfilling year. The key is getting specific with your resolution. Resolving to lose weight, gain muscle, or run more sounds hopeful, but without a specific goal – like losing 15 pounds by June, sculpting visible bicep muscles by strength training three times per week, or training for and running a 5K in March – you’re more likely to fall short. In need of a little resolution inspiration to jump start your New Year exercise plan? Here’s how the Polar Ambassadors are committing to their health in 2018.
“I want to be able to string muscle-ups together, and want to drop my body fat percentage by two percent. I want to lift squat and bench press personal records, and am committing to staying consistent with my training regimen, working out beyond my comfort zone, and becoming more consistent with my diet, particularly on the weekends.” –Sean Terwilliger, Polar M400 and M600 user from Dallas, TX
“My resolution is to lose the 55 pounds I gained over the year because of a car accident I was in. I wasn’t able to do anything strenuous for around seven months, but have now been cleared after physical and vision therapy. I just joined the community center in my township, and have already started taking Zumba and spin classes. I’m tracking my calories, and am prepared to reclaim my life one small step – and one small victory – at a time.” –Angela Marchetti, Polar M200 user from Bridgeport, CT
“With my third little girl just arriving this year, there’s no way I’ll let her be the only one without a Guinness World Record! So I’m looking at some more stroller racing in 2018. Without the stroller, I’ll be eyeing a sub-2:20 marathon in January at the Houston Marathon, and then I’m gearing up for the historic and bucket-list-race at the Comrades Marathon, which is a 56-mile ultra in South Africa in June. While both of those goal races are quite long, I still believe the key is to be fast at shorter distances like the 5K and 10K. With the addition of some longer single runs, maybe some marathons as training, it will all come together.” –Calum Neff, Polar M430 and V800 user from Katy, TX
“In 2017, I returned to the bodybuilding stage. So in 2018, I want to become nationally qualified again. I plan to keep crushing my training and diligently following my diet, and will hone my physique as much as possible.” –Adina, Polar M600 user from New York, NY
“I intend to start competing in the adaptive track and field world in hopes of qualifying for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics!” –Amir Nick Ekbatani, Polar V800 user
“I want to get my body baby ready! I’m focusing on my nutrition and moving my body in ways that I love.” –Katie Nelson, Polar A360 user from Lombard, IL
“I’m still coming off of injury and am trying to string along more than a steady month. So my fitness goal for now is to stay healthy and have fun while I’m at it. I plan on starting all over from the beginning and taking it slow and steady.” –Brian Manners, Polar V800 user from Robbinsville, NJ
“I want to go sub-5 in a 70.3 race again, and to do longer runs and much longer bike rides along the way.” –Vladimir Aronsky, Polar V800 user from Bellmore, NY
“My goal is to get back to running more consistently and to push myself to the limit with kickboxing and Krav Maga three times a week.” –Mary Blitz, Polar V800 user from Clearwater, FL
“I will qualify for the CrossFit games regionals and the Granite Games.” –Darryl Miller, Polar M200 user from West Chester, OH
“I will hike a mountain in every state in the US!” –Franklin Antoian, Polar V800 user from Delray Beach, FL
“I can’t wait to get into a brand new training regimen where I can incorporate my baby into my workouts, and to get my body back to where it was pre-pregnancy. I’d love to run another half marathon – with a stroller this time around! I probably won’t train as much or as hard as I used to, which is completely OK. I now have much bigger and more important priorities, but I’m not going to let becoming a brand new mom stop me from staying active and healthy.” –Alina Stricker, Polar M600 user from Orlando, FL
“Continue to maintain my diet that is free of processed foods, and plan to further reduce my animal protein consumption. Also, I want to attempt to break 30 minutes in a 5K while wearing my firefighting gear and air pack. I came close this past year, and have already modified my training to improve my performance in longer distance races. I always want to bring it to the next level – and age is no restriction!” –Keith Elisberg, Polar V800 and M430 user from Fort Lee, NJ
“I want to lose weight and run a sub-9-minute mile. I want to run the London Marathon in 2019, and want to do a full Ironman in three years.” –André Slay, Polar V800 user from Little Rock, AR
“This year will be the year I do an unassisted pull-up – and the year I wear my old clothes!” –Mindy Artze, Polar A370 user from St. Petersburg, FL
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Please note that the information provided in the Polar Blog articles cannot replace individual advice from health professionals. Please consult your physician before starting a new fitness program.