Did you know that around 90% of New Year’s resolutions are about healthier habits/self improvement?
If you are included in this statistic – you know as well as anyone that sometimes they can be hard to stick to. But it doesn’t have to be! Getting a healthier lifestyle is just around the corner!
The biggest tip I can give you for wanting to be healthier, is to not dive in all at once. Gradually improve yourself. Make yourself 1% better today than you were yesterday. Here is a 12 month outline of little steps to take each month. Then by the end of the year – it’s a newer(and healthier) you!
Drink More Water. Water is the healthiest thing for you! The benefits of drinking a good amount of water daily are astronomical. Do yourself, and your body, a favor – and make this a habit first.
Make Breakfast a Priority. You’ve all heard the saying “it’s the most important meal of the day.” That’s because it’s true! What you eat for breakfast (or that you eat it at all) sets the tone for the rest of your day.
Get More Sleep During the Week. This is another thing that our bodies function at 100% with. Getting enough sleep a night leads to a great day. Best to get around 7 or 8 hours.
Start a Food Journal (bullet journals work great for this!) This helps in a lot of ways as well. You can track what you eat and how it makes you feel. You’ll start to notice that the healthier foods make you feel, well, healthier! A journal can also help with calorie counting, if that’s a method you use.
Go For A Walk 3 Times a Week. Do I really need to explain the benefits to this one? Walking is healthy! Get out there and do it. Need motivation? Download the Pokemon Go app!
Eat More Fruits/ Veggies. This will help with both being healthier and losing weight!
Downsize Your Plates. Same as above!
Go Meatless for 1 Month. This doesn’t mean committing to being a vegetarian. Although, I would imagine some may consider that route if you go meatless for an entire month.
Find a Workout Buddy. It’s easier (and more fun) to work out if you have someone to do it with. Be accountability buddies and keep each other on track!
Eat Slowly. Slower eating leads to faster metabolism, less risk of choking, and you feel more full with less bites because your giving your stomach a chance to catch up.
Unplug an Hour Before Bedtime. Bright lights are BAD for you in the dark. But, that’s not the most important reason why. This gives your brain a chance to connect to your surroundings and it can register “hey, it’s getting darker, bedtime!”
Reflect on the Year. Make notes on the things you were proud of, things you improved, what you think needs more improvement. Etc.
What steps are you taking for a better year? Comment below with some of your ideas!