Happy New Year! Welcome to a new year and a new you! January has long been a time for resolutions and plans to improve ourselves in the coming year. The most common resolutions made are losing weight and getting fit. The most common resolutions broken are losing weight and getting fit. However, this doesn’t have to be true for you this year. Making a resolution to become healthier can be as easy as changing your focus and creating a healthy lifestyle.
Now while that may sound intimidating to completely change the way you live, it really doesn’t have to be scary or difficult. All it takes is changing your mindset and setting up your day to minimize temptation and maximize good habits. This can be as simple as throwing out that ashtray, and putting your running shoes where you’ll see them (and use them).
When it comes to getting fit, joining a gym or hiring a personal trainer aren’t the only options.
Find an activity that you enjoy and you’re practically guaranteed that you’ll keep at it!
Create a commitment to be physically active by scheduling time with a friend or signing up for a class. If you love the activity, it won’t be a chore, and you’ll look forward to doing it frequently.
The options are limitless, and it doesn’t have to be lifting weights in a dreary gym. And physical activity can be easily added to your activities of daily living:
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator
- Walking to a farther bus-stop
- Parking your car farther from your destination
Becoming fit can be an exciting and invigorating change to your life providing more energy and innumerable health benefits.
Instead of starting another crazy fad-diet to lose weight, become aware of what your body is telling you.
- Eat when you’re hungry
- Stop when you’re full
- Be in the moment when you eat and enjoy it! Turn off your phone, put away that magazine and really taste the food entering your mouth. You’ll notice it takes a lot less food to satisfy yourself when you’re in the moment and aware of what you’re eating.
Use high will power moments to prepare for low will power moments:
- Cut up fruits and vegetables and have them ready for those times you need a quick snack instead of reaching for some cookies
- Make a date with a friend to exercise
- Plan your grocery shopping to avoid impulse junk-food shopping
- Replace sodas and flavoured drinks with water
- Arm yourself with tools so you can succeed and have a happy and healthy new year