2018 is fast-approaching. It comes knocking on our doors with new chances, opportunities, and challenges. It’s about time to start reevaluating our lives and to list our New Year’s Resolutions.
Make sure to start your list with positive lifestyle changes for a healthier and happier year.
1. Set a Goal
Set a goal that is realistic, achievable, specific, and measurable. Focus on the workout routine or healthy diet plan you want follow throughout the new year. Keep in mind that it is important to have a detailed plan; without this, you’ll most likely just head back to your previous lifestyle. It’s also a great idea to keep a tracker, be it a notebook or a mobile app so you can keep track of your progress and make changes on your plan if necessary.
Busy school and work schedules are major factors that hinder you to achieve your lifestyle goals. If you’re too tired or lazy to go to the gym, you can always start working out at home. Set your morning alarm at least 30 minutes earlier than usual, and allot this time for a quick workout routine. There are lots of easy to follow home workout videos you can search online. Meanwhile, becoming a gym member can help you plan a more structured workout and you can be guided by professional fitness trainers.
3. Monitor Your Meal Portions
Start by setting a daily meal schedule. Important tip: Don’t skip your breakfast. Skipping breakfast will make you binge eat and crave more food throughout the day.
Plan an appropriate meal portions daily. First, divide the plate in 2 equal portions. The left side is for vegetables, then the right side should be split in half—¼ consists of protein and another ¼ for carbohydrates.
4. Drink Plenty of Water
Keeping our body hydrated is essential to maintain a healthy body. It is recommended to drink 8 glasses of water a day to help the body function properly and flush out wastes effectively. Moreover, drinking plenty of water aids in losing weight as it helps fill your stomach, making you eat less.
5. Maintain a Regular Sleep Schedule
There are times when sleep is just so elusive. Whether you’re busy finishing school works, doing some overtime work in the office, or you just had too much fun on a night out, we often times put sleep for granted. Getting complete and quality sleep at night not only boosts your overall health and mood but it can also make you feel recharged throughout the day.
6. Meditate or Practice Yoga
Meditation calms both your body and mind. It also provides health-promoting benefits to our body just like regular exercise.
7. Avoid Trigger Foods
Trigger foods are those that make you binge eat or crave more food after you consume them. Common trigger foods are chocolates, candies, cookies, chips, or any foods that contains high levels of salt or sugar.
8. Take Vitamins/Minerals
Supplement your healthy diet and exercise with vitamins and minerals in order to fill in the gaps of your healthy lifestyle. Vitamins and minerals also help strengthen our body and immune system.
9. Get Regular Checkups
Even if we live a healthy lifestyle, it’s still important to get regular checkups to keep track of our overall body condition and to prevent any health problems. This is an important key to live a longer, happier, and healthier life.
10. Join Fun Classes and Activities
There are lots of fitness or sports classes and activities you might want to try that can help you reach your goals. Aside from gaining lots of health benefits, these classes and activities let you socialize and meet people to keep you motivated.