The new year brings new opportunities, which is something we’re all looking forward to after this past year! What is something you’ve been wanting to do for a while but keep putting off? It doesn’t have to be a drastic change — the most meaningful lifestyle changes are small steps, made slowly, and kept consistently.
Resolution 1: Become More Active
The last thing you want to do is spend money on a gym membership and only go for the first few weeks of the year, never to return again. We’ve all been there. The key to getting your body into shape is starting small and staying consistent. Start by walking around your neighborhood or a park a few times a week. If you’re feeling up to it, jog or run. When you have free time at home, place a mat or blanket/towel down, and do some stretching. Incorporate bodyweight exercises, such as squats, high knees, pushups, lunges, and burpees. Investing in a gym or fitness membership can be an excellent tool if used properly, but it certainly doesn’t have to be the starting point.
Resolution 2: Eat Healthier
There might be something you’ve been wanting to indulge in less or cut out entirely. Eliminating foods from your diet can be helpful if the food is giving you health issues. However, like with every lifestyle change, drastic changes aren’t always as meaningful as small, measured steps. If your goal is to eat less sugar, start by cutting back on sugary beverages and snacks, but don’t hassle yourself over the occasional dessert after dinner. If you’ve been wanting to reduce your sodium intake, here are some tips! Remember that any changes you make, no matter how small, will make an impact on your body.
Resolution 3: Make More Time For Yourself
After the year we’ve all had, it’s important to make time for self-care, and that looks different for everyone! You don’t have to make a bubble bath and put on a face mack — unless that’s your thing. Self-care can look like reading a book, spending time with your pet, or exercising. Whatever it is that brings you joy, make time for it. Your mental health matters just as much as your physical health, and they both rely on each other to keep you feeling your best.
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