Keeping New Year’s Resolutions for 2018: Eating Healthy and Exercising Regularly
For many, eating healthier is a common New Year’s Resolution. However, we know eating healthier can be a significant and difficult change to make. Therefore, we have compiled a few helpful tips to ensure you keep your 2018 New Year’s Resolution of eating healthy.
1. Review Your Timeline
Understanding your goals and what it takes to achieve them can sometimes be half of the battle. You may have made a promise to yourself to “lose weight”. However, make sure you have a realistic and measurable timeline in place. This will help you achieve your New Year’s Resolutions.
For example: I want to lose 24 pounds in four months by following a nutritious diet plan.
2. Find a Supportive Community
Everyone wants to feel proud of their commitment to a healthy lifestyle. Positive vibes from friends and family can take you a long way.
Joining community groups and forums is a great way to give and receive support throughout your weight loss journey.
3. Drink Plenty of Water
Everyone knows the importance of drinking water, particularly because your body can sometimes confuse thirst with hunger.
Challenge yourself by setting a goal of to drink eight glasses of water per day. You can even mix things up by infusing your water with produce to add some flavor.
4. Treat Yourself
Make sure to not only celebrate your ultimate goal, but also your smaller accomplishments along the way. Reward yourself with something that make you happy, while also enforcing your healthy commitment.
Treating yourself can be through something as simple as a spa day, or a night out for dinner. Don’t forget to invite your friends and family to be a part of your success.
Getting more exercise is another common New Year’s Resolution. However, many find this a difficult resolution to keep. Here are a few easy steps you can take to ensure you keep your New Year’s Resolution this year.
1. Do as Many Errands on Foot as Possible
Can you walk to work or to the grocery store? Simply walking 20-30 minutes on most days of the week is beneficial to your health.
In addition, three 10-minute brisk walks can provide the same workout as a longer session. Therefore, consider breaking up your walking time if you would like.
2. Try Exercise That’s Both Physically and Mentally Stimulating
Activities such as yoga and tai chi promote strength and flexibility.
Also, they can help you focus on positive experiences and feelings that can override feelings of pain and anxiety.
3. Don’t Stay on the Couch During TV Time
If you are watching your favorite TV show, stay active during commercial breaks or between episodes.
Use the floor more productively. Do stretching exercises, crunches or leg lifts.
4. Keep Track of How Exercise Affects Your Mental Health
Exercise can help combat depression and insomnia, among other problems. Thirty to 60 minutes after you exercise, make a note of what type of activity you did and you feel as a result.
Eventually, you will be able to notice patterns of what types of exercise provide you with the biggest mental pay-off.
These are just a few tips for keeping New Year’s Resolutions for 2018. Don’t hesitate to contact Brashear Family Medical with the link below for more information!