It’s almost time to welcome a new year. As 2020 draws nearer, we’re sure you’re busy writing up a list of resolutions that you intend to keep for all 366 days of the year. But, sticking with your plan can be incredibly tough. So this year, we’ve decided to help you find a way to keep your resolution of getting healthier. Here’s a look at our handy hints to starting 2020 on a healthy note:
1. Commit to Physical Fitness
Getting fit and staying fit are two very different battles. Going on a diet to lose weight is one thing, but being able to maintain that healthy lifestyle isn’t exactly easy. Instead of trying a quick-fix diet or working out for over an hour every day, take a moment to evaluate your lifestyle. Is there a way you can change a few things to be healthier? Perhaps instead of ordering food a couple of times a week, you restrict it to just once. Can you do a little meal prep on weekends so that you have food ready every evening after work? Can you walk or cycle somewhere instead of taking a cab, bus or car? Small lifestyle changes are easier to make but stick with you for longer, allowing you to truly commit to your physical fitness.
2. Prioritise Self Care
Looking after yourself doesn’t just mean shedding off any extra weight or only eating salads. It’s also about taking the time you need to be by yourself for a while and being happy with your life. Schedule a little time for yourself every week to do things that you love. This could be painting, cooking, playing an instrument, or going out for a good meal. By just taking this time to recharge your batteries every week, you’ll find yourself facing your days with a more positive outlook.
3. Adopt an Attitude of Gratitude
At the end of every day, yes, even the difficult ones, take 5 minutes to meditate and reflect on everything that you’re thankful for. This simple activity will help dispel the negative energy around you and allow you to focus on the good things in life. This will help you stay positive even when things around you look a little bleak. It’s also a good way to calm your mind after a tiring and difficult day.
4. Take Your Eyes off the Screen
We get it, you have to spend your entire day at work glued to the computer, but what about at home? Is there a way you can cut down your time in front of the TV, tablet or phone? Spending too much time watching a screen can affect your brain and impede your ability to plan ahead. Too much screen time can also strain your eyes, reduce your quality of sleep and decrease your focus. Most dangerously, watching too much TV or spending too much time on a screen is related to a sedentary lifestyle that can lead to bigger issues like heart disease and diabetes. So, instead of watching a movie while you eat, eat dinner at the table with your loved ones and keep your phone away.
Healthy living is not a commodity that can be bought. It is a way of life that needs to be incorporated in your routine. This is only possible if you take control of your lifestyle and make some conscious decisions that will boost your overall health in the long run. So, let’s bring in 2020 with these healthy habits and you’re sure to transform your way of living. Happy New Year!