The new year is almost here. If you’re considering new year’s resolutions, you can rest assured that you’re not alone. Sure, the two or three weeks ahead tend to be ones that we spend celebrating, catching up with loved ones, and reflecting on the year behind us. But the days following Christmas and leading up to new year’s eve tend to be ones that we spend planning the twelve months ahead. This is a great time for self-improvement. Sure, there are countless things you can do to maximize your life, but taking control of your health and fitness is one of the biggest and most beneficial changes you can make. Here are some top tips that will guide you on this journey and really make a positive difference!
First up, diet. What are your eating habits like? So many of us spend so much time eating foods that are so bad for our bodies. Fast food. Junk food. Convenience food. Takeaways. These often have little nutritional value and fill us, but don’t fuel us. They also tend to be filled with things that are better avoided – salt, sugar, and saturated fat. Instead, you really need to make sure that you are providing your body with good quality food in recommended portions. Research your recommended calorie intake and stick to it. Eat plenty of greens and fruits. Stay hydrated with two litres of water a day. Consider health supplements to fill any occasional gaps in your diet. Your body will thank you for it!
Next, exercise. This is something that we should all be doing. However, many of us have very sentient jobs and then like to spend our evenings or weekends relaxing. You really need to make sure that you are getting physical exercise into your routine. It will make all the difference! Aim for 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week. This can take any form you enjoy. You can hire gym equipment. You could stick a treadmill in front of the TV and walk while watching your favourite film or TV series. 10,000 steps a day can make all the difference! You could take out a gym membership. These tend to be reduced at this time of year. You could look into a personal trainer, if you have the budget, and they can come up with a personalized exercise plan that will get you in shape and fighting fit. Find what works for you!
Do you have bad health habits? Now is the time to quit them. Set yourself a reasonable and achievable goal with significant milestones. Quit smoking. Reduce your drinking. Avoid drug use. Whatever it is, you can really maximise your health by steering clear of it and managing a more healthy and balanced lifestyle. There’s plenty of support out there if you look for it.
Each of the steps above will make all the difference to your well-being, so they’re definitely worth giving a go. Make one of your new year’s resolutions and stick to it!