New Year’s Resolution or Lifetime Resolution?
We are just about to start a new year. Happy New Year to you! Oh no. This also means resolution time – UGGH!
If you made a New Year’s resolution to stay fit and eat healthy. Congratulations! Sticking with this goal will be the best gift you can give yourself. And if you haven’t been active in a while, it will prove to be the most challenging. Nothing worthwhile has ever been easy – staying active will require motivation and a desire to change on your part.
What’s in a Resolution for You Anyway?
So, why do we make resolutions every New Year? Let’s take a look at what resolution means by the Google dictionary:
res·o·lu·tionnoun1. a firm decision to do or not to do something.
synonyms: intention, resolve, decision, intent, aim, plan; commitment, pledge, promise
2. the action of solving a problem, dispute, or contentious matter.
synonyms: solution to, answer to, end to, ending to, settlement of, conclusion to
So, we have to make a firm decision to do something. OK, got that. And we have a problem we want to solve. OK, got that too. So we know the problem is we are overweight so our decision is to lose weight. Or, we eat too much junk food and our decision is to eat healthier. Or we sit too much and our decision is to become more active. Now that we know our resolution and our goal, we should think of them every morning when we get out of bed – first thing – every morning. Make it a habit. Problem/Goal.
Not a New Year’s Resolution – A Lifetime Resolution!
Towards that, we thought it would be a great time to share a few tips to help you continue to keep those resolutions that are simple to do and easy to remember. Keeping at it means that you should soon begin to see some of the positive results you are reminding yourself of each morning!
Simple and Easy Fitness Improvements
1. Think outside the gym.
Remember that you don’t need to go to the gym to get a full-body workout. Many exercises including push-ups, stretches, lunges, and squats can all be done at home, without any equipment. You can also exercise at the office with little or no sweat – getting up from your chair each hour for a few stretches will work wonders. Don’t overdo the exercise list – you only need a few exercises – one for each muscle group to get you going. You can try our bookstore for reading suggestions if you’d like to learn more, or try our exercise pages.
2. Focus on healthy eating habits.
Learning how to eat healthy can seem daunting, but it’s easier if you set goals. Start by making small changes, such as filling half your plate with vegetables or eating a healthier alternative for dessert. If you can, preparing meals in advance. This will not only save time during the week but also help you stick to your healthy eating habits. Don’t skip meals – waiting until you are too hungry to eat can lead to overeating. You can also browse our Blog Posts page for articles related to nutritional shopping and how to slowly change your eating habits.
3. Remember to stay hydrated.
Drinking water keeps your muscles energized and helps speed up metabolism. It also helps flush out toxins after a tough workout. See if you are drinking enough water by visiting Guard Your Health and using their hydration calculator. If you are falling short of the recommended hydration requirements, here are some tips to help you stay hydrated:
- Bring a refillable bottle of water to work every day
- Add lemon, pineapple, or cucumber for flavor
- Stay hydrated by snacking on watermelon, oranges, or cantaloupe
4. Don’t underrate the importance of sleep.
Sleep is a necessity, not a luxury. Sleep deprivation can increase the risk of heart disease, obesity, and depression. You should get 7-9 hours of sleep every night. If you are having trouble sleeping, try this:
- Unplug from all devices 30-45 minutes before going to bed
- Eat dinner at least two hours before bedtime
- Block out sounds with white noise or earplugs
What is your challenging Fitness/Health New Year’s Resolution?
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