Sarah Coleman: Chinese New Year offers another chance to revisit goals
February 15, 2018
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The upcoming Chinese New Year, which begins the week of Feb. 16, is a second chance for resolutions and goal making.
So, I encourage you to take this time to reflect on the goals you may have set in January, revisit them, revise them and implement them.
In fact, I will nudge you toward some new ideas in the health and fitness world that may just set you up for the best physical year of your life.
The chart below will guide you both mentally and physically. Take a moment to find your year of birth and go from there.
Year of the Dog: 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006
Being a good leader, a dog should organize a group fitness activity, whether once a month or once a week. Maybe a group hike with a picnic lunch or a skin up Emerald on a full moon.
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Year of the Pig: 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007
Pigs do everything with all their strength. With this in mind, complete one exercise a week to failure. That's right — until you cannot do anymore.
Year of the Rat: 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996
Rats are known perfectionists. How about picking a new exercise this month and perfecting it? Butterfly pull-ups? Medicine ball cleans? The dreaded muscle-up?
Year of the Ox: 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997
Known for their ability to not fail, the ox is very stubborn. Try adding 10 more reps to your workout or five more servings of veggies to your day because you know once your mind is set, you will do it.
Year of the Tiger: 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010
Being sensitive, a tiger needs an extra push. With this in mind, pick a healthy recipe and make it for a friend. Take the criticism or praise wholeheartedly and make the dish again, only better.
Year of the Rabbit: 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999
Rabbits are talented and admired. Teach someone something. Maybe how to skate ski or food prep for the week.
Year of the Dragon: 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000
Healthy is the dragon. Use this time to clean out your pantry and stock only healthy snack options for you and your family.
Year of the Snake: 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001
Snakes like to help those less fortunate. So, ring a friend in a fitness rut and take them on a fitness adventure of your choice.
Year of the Horse: 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002
Horses run with big crowds. How about simplifying a bit with a one-on-one session with a personal trainer? I happen to know a few really good ones.
Year of the Ram: 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003
Passionate about everything, rams believe in what they do. Live that way and start with a good healthy breakfast.
Year of the Monkey: 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004
Monkeys are the flexible sign of the zodiac. Try adding 10 minutes of flexibility work into your everyday routine.
Year of the Rooster: 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005
The bravest of the bunch, a rooster should explore a new creative outlet to rev up the food intake. Try the Paleo Diet or portion control.
So, in this the Year of the Dog, a year of promise and prosperity, go big and break out of that fitness rut once and for all. I dare you.
Sarah Coleman brings years of personal health and fitness knowledge to the table. Currently the health and wellness director at The Foundry, Coleman is a personal trainer, “CrossFitter,” coach, outdoor enthusiast, managing partner with Inspired Live Network and owner of A Weight Lifted Fitness Camp. She provides flawless technique and a positive attitude. Taking fitness to new levels, she uses the outdoor environment, your living room or work space, as well as the gym to influence and push her clientele. Funky knee socks and outrageous colors make Sarah unique, which transfers into her training and brings a smile to everyone’s face.