So it’s that time of year again, you guessed it: “New Year, New You”. Every year we make same resolutions to be the healthiest, fittest version of yourself and end up not doing much about it. But this year it’s different, right? This year you aren’t going fail epically, right? This year you are going to have the body you always dreamed of, right? Well, at least that’s what we tell ourselves! It is so easy to just fall back into old habits and simply say “Oh, I’ll start on Monday”. So, in this post I’ve complied a few ways so kick start your health (and hopefully stick at it!)
- Take small steps
There is no point committing yourself to a daily 3 hour gym session. Moe than likely you’ll burn yourself out and you’ll never want to do it again. From personal experience, I found that setting myself small tangible aims was always more successful than pledging myself to an impossible goal and failing tremendously. If you want to start eating healthy, start with adding fruit to your diet, the slowly work towards cutting down on junk food. My biggest fight is trying to cut out on snacking before bed. I tried going cold turkey for a week but ended up going to sleep with my tummy rumbling and feeling like a child whose lollipop has been taken away! I’m now reducing the amount I eat before bed until eventually I won’t feel the need for it!
However small, exercise should be a part of our daily routine. Even a 10 minute walk is better than nothing at all! The problem is having the motivation to do so. Having your workout gear ready the night before and making a brand-spanking-new exercise playlist should help that. I found I’m much more likely to actually do my exercise if I do it in the morning rather than in the evening. If I was curled up by the fire watching Corrie with a hot chocolate in my hand, I know would 100% cancel on my workout. However, if I do it earlier on in the morning, I won’t have it hanging over me all day and I just get on with it!
- Take each day as it comes
Don’t be guilty if you miss a gym session or if you didn’t drink the 2 litres of water. Just because today didn’t turn out as planned, doesn’t mean that tomorrow won’t. I started running a while back, where I would run 3 times a week for eight weeks. I got to my fourth week and then life happened and I could run for a week. Guess what? I haven’t gone back to running since. I felt so guilty for missing a week that I couldn’t go back running again because I felt I would have to make up for lost time. What I should have done was dismissed my week off as a blip and just started where I left off.
- Track your progress
This is something I recently started doing ever since a few of my friends were talking about New Year’s resolutions and sticking to them. I keep a food diary where I write down everything that I eat. It definitely helps me avoid snacking on chocolate and the likes because the amount of times I have actually stopped myself from eating something I know I shouldn’t be eating is actually surprising, simply because I knew I was going to have to write it into my food diary. I do the same thing for exercising and it works similarly, except in reverse: “I should probably go for a walk just so that I have something to write in for today!” Can you tell I don’t get particularly inflamed at the thought of exercise? Well, whatever helps!
So those are my four easy tips for a more sustained “health-kick” Let me know what yours are