We here at ShoeBacca encourage each and every one of our employees, friends (that's you all), and family to Get Fit, Get Active. The majority of people jump on the New Year's Resolution bandwagon and start working toward a healthier lifestyle at the beginning of the year. A lot either fall off the bandwagon before February rolls around, or the cynics just don't bother. We're here to encourage you to keep trying! Now is the best time because of all the support offered in stores, from fitness clothes, to fitness-friendly foods, to fitness accessories. After all, we're only in the 4th week of the new year. That leaves 48 weeks left in 2015, and it only takes 40 weeks for a new person to be born.

Long story short? It's not too late to start a New Year's Resolution! Even if you started one and didn't follow through - don't worry! There's still plenty of time to get back on track. And if you're still working hard? Keep at and inspiring those around you! We'll be covering a couple of tips and tricks to help with making sure you following your fitness goals.

Running

Running is the easiest/hardest thing to do for your health. No gym membership or crazy expensive equipment required. All you need is an area to run around (like a local park or your neighborhood) and a good pair of running shoes! Last week, we covered the 3 different running styles, how they influence your gait, and what you can do to correct it. We recommend you check it out in case you missed it! A few weeks back, our weekly newsletter covered setting small attainable goals to keep you on track to help you feel accomplished. So while some people can just get up and run (and run and run!), it's easier for newbies to chase a goal - Like running a set distance or time and increasing it gradually? Or, since everyone basically owns a smart phone, why not follow a fitness app? We've mentioned it before but we completely endorse the C25K running app. The reviews and success stories are overwhelming! It guides you through an 8 week process of increasing your running distance and endurace (with 3 weekly exercises.) It's time based, VS. distance, so it's friendly to treadmill users too! Heck, you could even use it on an elliptical, technically. Why not try it out? It's completely free (ads) and you can uninstall it if it doesn't work for you.

Calisthenics

Everyone knows what Calisthenics are. Remember the Presidential Fitness Test in middle school? The boring part of gym class where you did pushups and arm circles before you played kickball? That's Calisthenics. The technical definition is a form of exercise involving repetitive movements/motions, utilizing primarily your own body weight with minimal use of additional apparati. So yeah. Crunches, push-ups, lunges, squats, etc. Calisthenics, like running, are great because they don't require any additional memberships or equipment - Not even shoes! Though we do recommend doing them on a soft surface, especially if you go barefoot. You can do calisthenics literally anywhere. At home, on vacation, in the privacy of your cubicle at work - as long as you have an area large enough to move in. Check out this great list of exercises you can do anywhere, compiled at Greatist.com.

Diet & Hydration

This is where the biggest divide occurs in terms of fitness. Most people ascertain that healthy eating (what you put in) will eventually lead to weight loss. However, the otherside of the arguement is that caloric restriction (how much you put in) is the true path to weight loss. The fact of the matter is that neither are mutually exclusive. Academic studies have proven that caloric deficits lead to immediate loss in weight (see the Twinkie diet study) - But this was a short-term study. Who knows what long term repercussions could emerge if the diet lasted longer than a few months? And it's not sustainable, either (really, who's going to eat just twinkies for the rest of their life?). Eating "healthy" food rampantly doesn't lead immediately to weight loss either because your body never gets a chance to get into the fat-burning cycle (because excess fat is where excess weight is located.) Jillian Michaels released an article explaining this aspect of weight loss.

Regardless of which side of the argument you take (caloric content vs. nutritional value), we recommend using a tracking app. Both MyFitnessPal and Lose It! are great assets to help keep track of both calories consumed and the nutrition of the food you've consumed! Not to mentioned they also track water intake! And NO ONE disagrees that hydration is important to fitness and weight loss.