Nika Cristiani: Less dieting, more fun in 2021 with GYM IN A BOX™

Nika Cristiani in GYM IN A BOX
2020 has been… a year, which makes getting a fresh start in 2021 feel super appealing. For some people, that might mean making a New Year’s resolution that helps them get the year started on the right foot. Thing is, traditional New Year’s resolutions usually fail. Turns out, our brains are just not into making swift, abrupt changes to our habits.

So instead of going for the typical diet, exercise, or financial overhaul-style resolution, why not try something a little different this year? We’ve got a bunch of suggestions for you below, but here’s how to evaluate any potential resolution you come up with, according to Nika Cristiani, a registered dietitian and founder of GYM IN A BOX.

When creating resolutions, we recommends asking yourself questions like:

  • How do you want to feel? Will this resolution get you closer to that?
  • What energy do you want to create? Will this resolution give you that type of energy?
  • Are you operating from a place of restriction, or abundance? Does this resolution involve taking away things you like?
  • Would you recommend this resolution to your younger sister or best friend?
  • How will this resolution impact you five, 10, or 15 years from now?

With that, here’s what experts recommend considering for your 2021 New Year’s resolution.

Dream Body 2021 with GYM IN A BOX

1. Commit to only doing exercise you actually like.

In January, gyms are usually packed, and home workout equipment flies off the shelves. But usually, by February, things are back to normal. Something similar happened during the pandemic: “Many people who were isolated at home went out and bought equipment that they never used because it did not fulfill them or bring them enjoyment,” says Elisha Contner Wilkins, MS, LMFT, CEDS-S, Executive Director of Veritas Collaborative.

There are a few reasons this happens. One is ramping up too quickly. But there’s another big factor. “When it comes to exercise (or movement or activity as I prefer to call it), it’s equally important that we find a way to move our bodies that we not only look forward to, but that brings us joy,” Wilkins says. “Many associate movement with going to a gym and sweating versus choosing something that brings a smile to their face.” So this year, consider focusing on whatever type of movement feels fun.

2. Hide your “self” view on Zoom.

Post-quarantine, plastic surgeons observed a spike in requests for their services. That likely has something to do with the fact that we’re all getting intimately familiar with how our faces look on-screen thanks to hours and hours of video calls.


Nika Cristiani, Certified  Nutritionist

CEO & Co- Founder Cristiani’s Balance, Fitness & Nutrition, LLC


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