At the beginning of every year an uncountable number of people tell themselves that they are going to eat better, start working out, and enact a number of positive changes that will improve their life. Most of the time people keep this up for a month at most, if they start at all. One of the biggest reasons for this is that people are often unprepared, they don’t have a plan aside from “I’m going to start hitting the gym” or they may not really know how to begin living healthier at all. Today we will talk about how to actually start that “new you” that so many attempt to become every year, as well as some ways to actually help you keep that commitment.
One of, if not the most common, New Year’s resolution is to get active and start working out. Obviously, this is a great change to make, but for many it can be the hardest to stick to. Enthusiasm quickly can give way to excuses and apathy, and then before you know it you’ve stopped exercising completely.
There are a few strategies that can help you maintain your commitment to getting in shape. One is to remember that you don’t have to start doing intense workouts everyday of the week, it is ok to pace yourself. Start by working to exercise consistently, until it becomes a regular part of your routine, and then start to increase the intensity and scale of your workouts. A similar approach can be taken to setting goals for yourself. One reason many people get discouraged and quit is because they don’t see results as quickly as they would like. It is important to remember that Rome wasn’t built in a day, and your ideal body won’t be either. Set smaller goals for yourself that you can use as milestones on your way to your main goal. This will make it easier for you to keep your confidence and motivation up while also helping you track your progress.
Attempting to start a diet is also a very common trend at the beginning of the year. Many people end up carrying at least a few extra pounds into the new year after overindulging on food during the holidays, so this can be a good way to get back on track. Like exercise, it can be easy to get off track and let that completely derail your attempts to be healthier.
One of the keys of eating healthier is to get right back on the wagon after you decide to have a greasy double cheeseburger instead of a well balanced dinner. You don’t want a cheat day, which is totally fine to have occasionally, to turn into a cheat week. Taking small steps can be helpful with eating healthier too. Start by eating more fruits, vegetables, and other whole foods will help you round out your diet. The next step is limiting or cutting out sugary beverages and processed foods, which can understandably be one of the most difficult changes for many people. Finding out what works best for you is also important. For example, you may not be able to cut out snacking completely, but limiting it and switching to healthier snacks can be an effective way to maintain a proper diet.
One area that shouldn’t be overlooked when trying to be healthier is sleep. Making an effort to get more sleep can improve almost all areas of your life, from your work life to your mood. Getting good quality sleep will allow your body to recover better from workouts and help with muscle growth. You will also feel more energized and be able to get a better workout in, and also be less likely to skip out on exercising in the first place. It can also help you control your weight better, and even help manage blood sugar levels. More sleep will boost your immune system as well, so you will spend less time feeling under the weather. You will also find that you are not as stressed out when you get a healthy amount of sleep, and that’s something we all could benefit from after 2020.
There are a number of strategies that can be used to improve your sleep. Consistently going to bed and waking up at the same times will help your body understand when it is time to shut down for the night. Adding to this, taking time to relax and unwind before you go to sleep can be crucial to improving sleep quality. Instead of using a computer or tv screen, try reading, taking a shower or bath, or another activity that will help you destress.
At Ways2Well, we can help you on your path to better health. With blood testing, we can determine the areas that most need improvement, and devise a treatment plan and strategy for you. With this insight you will be able to make more informed and efficient changes to your lifestyle, get better results, and hopefully have a much easier time staying on course to achieving your resolution for the new year, and make 2021 your healthiest year yet.
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