09 Jan 5 Health Resolutions You Can Actually Stick To
Now that the festivities of the New Year are dying down and we’re all slowly getting back into our regular routines, there are people across the country realising their wishful New Year’s resolutions to get fit and healthy just aren’t realistic.
I’m no stranger to aiming big only to find that my goals don’t fit in to my lifestyle which leaves me like many others, off track and unable to get back on it. The thing about resolutions is that if you aren’t consistent from the very beginning it’s all too easy to forget about them completely.
So now that you’ve had some time to get back into routine, here’s five fitness resolutions you’ll actually be able to achieve in 2019…
#1 WALK MORE
Just increasing your daily step count can improve your health and fitness significantly and even lead to weight loss. You should be aiming for a minimum of 10K steps but if you’re a long way off, simply adding a half an hour walk after dinner or before work will benefit you greatly.
#2 CUT BACK ON CAFFEINE
We all love our daily dose of caffeine so I’d never tell you to give it up altogether (at least not straight away). Allowing yourself one up a day, whether that’s first thing in the morning or after being at work for a couple of hours, makes it easier to say no to your second and third cups and trust me, after a couple of weeks your body will thank you.
#3 BREAK DOWN YOUR BIG GOAL INTO SMALLER TARGETS
Aiming to lose 20kg or run a marathon may be your goal, but they’re huge mountains to climb and leave you susceptible to becoming overwhelmed. Instead, break that goal down into smaller, more achievable targets such as cutting out sugar one day, then three days a week, then altogether. Or, going for runs of increasing distances each week. To make it fun, allow yourself a reward every time you meet your micro target and you’ll quickly be on the way to your bigger goal.
#4 CUT DOWN ON YOUR SCREEN TIME
It’s the digital age and while it seems impossible to go even a few hours without checking our phone or getting behind a computer, it’s crucial for our health to be limiting screen time. Luckily, it’s actually pretty easy to do. Simply choose one day a week to put your laptop away and allow yourself to only check your phone once per hour. Instead, read a book or start journaling.
#5 PREP YOUR MEALS IN ADVANCE
Spending two hours in the kitchen on a Sunday afternoon has seen my diet throughout the week improve exponentially. It’s a good way to ensure you’re eating nutritious meals every day and cutting back on junk. After just a few weeks of doing it you’ll quickly experience the benefits and it won’t be hard to keep up the habit.
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