New year, new you, but what does that really mean? The most common new years resolution is to work out more/eat better and everything else along those lines. The most common thing to happen after about a week into the new year is for that resolution to be broken. People usually set expectations that are too high for themselves, “I’m gonna cut out all carbs and sugar” “I’m gonna work out everyday for an hour”. If you are someone who never worried about your diet or never worked out consistently before, chances are those aren’t going to go too well for you. But I have good news! If your resolution has anything to do with the one’s I mentioned about, just tweak it a little to make your life a lot easier. Your new resolution is: to live a healthier life. Now that you’ve changed it just a little, here are my tips to get your resolution to stick throughout the whole year!
- Get moving. It doesn’t have to be an intense workout everyday, but figure out some way to make moving fun for you. Take your dog for a longer walk/jog, join a group fitness class at your local gym, go hiking or turn a beach trip into a workout by paddle boarding. If you struggle to find motivation to get moving at the end of the day, try waking up just a little bit earlier and do it in the morning. It will give you an extra boost throughout the day. Make moving fun!
- Don’t diet, but make simple switches in your diet. Switch out white flour with quinoa or chickpea flour. Replace sugary soda’s with soda water and frozen fruit. Eat smaller meals more frequently throughout the day, and NEVER skip breakfast. Diets never last, but these smaller changes you make will last you a lifetime.
- Drink a lot of water. The worst thing you can do for yourself is to let yourself get dehydrated. When you’re thirsty, it’s too late. You need to keep drinking constantly throughout the day. If you think you’re hungry, your probably thirsty to try drinking a full glass of water first. And if you’re the kind of person who struggles to drink water because you think it’s boring, mix it up with some fruit, vegetables and/or herbs.
- Sleep! I cannot stress this enough. Not sleeping enough will un-do all the other things you’ve done to try to be healthy. Personally, I put sleep before almost everything. If I have to skip my homework for that night to get to sleep, I’ll do it. If I can’t make the next morning’s practice because I need to get my minimum amount of sleep, I’ll skip it. And trust me, it pays off. Prioritize sleep before everything else.
These 4 easy switches will help you keep you on track with your new year’s resolution!