This year, I've made improving my health a priority. But after the hype and excitement of starting a New Year's Resolution dies down, I know it can be hard to maintain a positive attitude about it.
Being only a couple weeks into the New Year, I thought now was just as good a time as any to look for ways to keep that momentum going all year long. I've even included a few tips and tricks on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle too.
I wanted to share my findings with you because I know being healthy can be challenging at times, but I also know that living a healthy lifestyle is extremely beneficial.
Be realistic. You know yourself better than anyone, so when you come up with a goal, make sure you make it attainable. If your goal is to eat healthier, start off small by incorporating more fruits and veggies into your diet. Don't just jump right into only eating healthy foods.
Be specific. If you're trying to live a healthier lifestyle, don't just say "I want to exercise more this year." Give yourself specifics on what it is you want to accomplish. How often are you going to exercise? What exercises are you going to do? What time of day are you going to exercise? The more specific you get, the more likely you are to achieve your desired goal.
Set a time. Know when you want to achieve your goal by, and give yourself enough time to get there. Set smaller goals along the way, and focus on those as you work towards your main goal.
Give yourself a break. On average, it takes over 2 months to form a habit, so don't beat yourself up if you forget to exercise one day or eat some junk food. It takes time, and you'll get there as long as you keep trying.
Eat less processed foods.Processed foods tend to be full of sugar, salt, and fat. Eating them on occasion is okay, but eating high amounts of processed foods can cause high blood pressure, heart disease, or diabetes.
Eat the rainbow. When shopping for food, fill your cart with a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables. The more variety you have, the more vitamins and minerals you're getting.
Get plenty of rest. Sleeping can greatly affect your physical and mental health. Not getting enough sleep can result in high blood pressure, anxiety, decreased brain function, memory loss, and irritability. Make sure you're getting around 8 hours of sleep each night.
Drink water. Water is essential for your body to function properly. Drinking water can help prevent dehydration, regulate blood pressure, boost energy, and even improve joint health.
Stay active. Regular exercise is good for your health, not just physically but mentally too. It can help manage weight, strengthen bones and muscles, and improve brain health. A good rule of thumb is to exercise for at least 30 minutes a day. **Always consult a healthcare professional before starting a new exercise routine.
Let me know what topics you're interested in, and I'll do my best to include them in future blogs! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org