New Year’s Resolutions 2016
New Year New You
In the beginning of the year many people make New Year’s Resolutions that they try to stick to, but most of the time these resolutions are hard to maintain. Now, I will make a decent size list of things I either want to improve on, do, or experience. By the end of the year, I will have accomplished and maintained some of my goals/resolutions. Now one of my consistent resolutions, like many I’m sure, is to try and maintain a healthy lifestyle. This includes trying to eat healthier, staying fit by exercising regularly, etc. I am always looking for information to improve my knowledge on healthy living. I recently read some articles that provided helpful tips, some of which I felt were a good reminder for others and myself.
Set Goals- Goals are essential to succeed in life in my opinion but it’s also important to be specific in your goal setting and not general or vague.
Commit Yourself- Like anything in life, if you want to succeed in it, then you have to maintain it. So if its exercise, then do it regularly. I find that it helps to schedule it into a planner and treat it like an actual appointment.
Get Adventurous- Mix it up and make exercising fun! It can be easy. Don’t over do yourself. Embark on a new hiking trail or zumba class. It can be kickboxing with an exercise buddy or even a work out at home. There are plenty of things to choose from.
Track/Log- Be sure to track and log your workouts. I started doing this last year and loved it because I could see the progress I was making not only in my mind and body, but also on paper.
Aim for strength not slimmer- This is more for the women, but men can take pointers as well. Typically, most women want to maintain a slimmer body, but I’ve notice that wanting to build muscle is where it’s really at. It’s about muscle gains. Being stronger is empowering and makes you feel good about yourself.
Eat Healthy- Focus on what you eat and nourish your body by meeting your veggie and fruit quota. Eliminate the white stuff like rice and white bread and switching to whole grains will be beneficial. Cutting back on eating out and focusing on cooking more. Stocking your freezer with meals you’ve already prepped. Not using snacking as an activity to do out of boredom. Drinking water before your meals can help you feel fuller faster. Not rewarding yourself with junk food can go a long way.
Get Creative- One of the new “in’s” that I’ve seen becoming more popular again is coloring. There are coloring books for adults now. It has been said that coloring can reduce stress and relax the mind. Being creative in general has been proven to be a stress reliever and and could include dancing, painting, sculpting, etc.
Snooze more- It is super important to get your beauty sleep. It is suggested that you get 8 hours of sleep. Let’s face it, no one likes to be sleep deprived. You need to find a healthy balance and not neglect your body and the rest it needs.
Meditate- It’s amazing what meditating can do for a person. Just 10 minutes can go a long way. We as people are constantly on go-mode and not many of us take the time to stop and self-evaluate or clear our minds. So I encourage you to try it and see the benefits it can have on your life.
I hope some of these tips and reminders will help you maintain the new resolutions you’ve made and adapt them into your lifestyle to make them stick. Good luck and best to you and your future!
New Year’s Resolutions 2016
Article by Jacqui