December 31st, 2019
In theory, New Year’s Day, is the most anything-is-possible day of the year! The day you vow to work out religiously; start a studio gym membership you’ve been paying for. It’s the day you promise to stop doing that thing (for good this time) and learn how to floss properly, meditate, cook, and learn love kale.
And you really mean it! For about 2 to 3 weeks…or maybe you make it further into spring before you’re back to the old habits. ‘Till next year.
Why Resolutions Fail
Typically, the health and wellness resolutions people pick are highly restrictive and unmaintainable! So of course, most people to break their resolutions within a few weeks.
It’s important to make resolutions that can not only improve health but also be integrated into your lifestyle.
Try a trick this year: Slim down your anticipations. Get more by going for less! You can make big strides toward a healthier, happier new you by taking enough baby steps.
At DrivenFit, our wellness pros will not let you see these resolutions fall to the wayside. Set an appointment with one of our health professionals to help you set attainable goals for your mind and body.
Start yourself on the road to success this new year with these six tips – resolutions – for body, mind, and overall health.
#1: Sit Less, Move More
Many people sit more than they should, whether it’s due to having a sedentary job or simply being inactive. Sitting too much can have damaging effects on health.
Commit to taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Park further away from your work building or grocery store. Make a resolution to get up and walk for 5 minutes every hour or go for a 15-minute walk at lunch.
Incorporate some simple and sustainable exercise resolutions, take a half-hour walk, jog, swim or bike ride before work. Instead of aiming for every day, set an achievable goal, such as planning to walk a few days per week. Choose an activity based on your pleasure and whether it fits into your schedule. Making more practical goals can enhance the chances of formulating a lasting routine, particularly if you’re new to working out.
Of course, our trainers are here to hold you to those…
#2: Cut Back on Sweetened Drinks
Sugary drinks are linked to an increased risk of obesity, heart disease, fatty liver, insulin resistance, and cavities in both children and adults making it a smart idea to cutting back on sweetened beverages.
By gradually minimizing your intake will help you kick your sugary drink habit for good.
#3: Get More Quality Sleep
Sleep is a vital part of overall health, and sleep deprivation can result in serious consequences. For instance, lack of sleep may increase your risk of heart disease, weight gain, and depression
It’s important to concentrate on your lifestyle and schedule to determine the best ways to improve sleep quality and quantity.
Reducing light pollution in your bedroom, decreasing screen time before bed, cutting back on caffeine, and getting to bed at a sensible hour are some simple ways to improve your sleep regimen.
#4: Take more ‘me time’ and practice self-care
Taking time for yourself is imperative for optimum health and wellbeing. By no means is it selfish. This is especially true for parents and business owners.
For people with limited time and busy schedules, it may take some planning to participate in self-care. It can simply mean attending your favorite weekly pilates class, getting a massage once a month, preparing a healthy meal for yourself, getting an extra hour of sleep, or going for a walk in your neighborhood.
Self-care doesn’t have to be elaborate or time consuming and, in the end, you are well worth the time investment.
#5: Stop Dieting
As personal trainers, you may think we’re nuts…Try a healthier, more achievable method of weight loss by focusing on eating healthier foods and increasing physical activity rather than using limiting measures, such as a fad diet, like fasting.
Chronic dieting is harmful both mentally and physically making it harder to lose weight in the future. Create an achievable, nourishing eating regimen that works for you.
You can drastically improve your health by creating a healthier relationship with food and taking better care of your body and mind. Perhaps our local meal delivery pals at Whole Body Fuel can help.
#6: Cut back on alcohol
It’s no secret, too much alcohol can negatively affect your health. Moreover, drinking alcohol frequently may keep you from achieving your health and wellness goals.
Set a reasonable goal to keep yourself on track if you think cutting back on alcohol may be helpful for you. Limit your drinking to weekend nights only or setting a drink limit for the week.
To replace your usual cocktail of choice, try fruit-infused sparkling water, kombucha, or one of these fun mocktails, if you need a non-alcoholic beverage idea.
Make a Positive Lifestyle Change
Though most New Year’s resolutions are forgotten by Valentine’s day, these healthy resolutions are totally achievable ways to boost your physical and emotional health. If you commit, we know you can make a positive lifestyle change.
Make this New Year and the years that follow the healthiest and happiest possible, try out a few of the resolutions in this article or come by our studio. We have a team of health professionals ready to help you achieve the best new you this New Years! Call or Text: (813) 440-3016 to get started at our South Tampa gym!