A New Year is always an opportunity for a fresh start or a chance for improvement. Aiming to live a healthy lifestyle is a wonderful goal to achieve in 2021.
We can all agree that small yet systematic steps lead to big results. This means that the optimal way to succeed is to start slowly and work your way up towards your goal.
Not sure where to start? We can help you here with three healthy alternatives to the most popular resolutions.
Resolution I: Healthy Eating
Instead of forcing yourself to lose a certain amount of weight, you should try setting some smaller goals to achieve. We recommend starting with increased quantity of home-cooked meals. But you don't need to rush to cut out fast food entirely. You can allow yourself to eat what you want two days a week. Why don't you try testing out new healthy food options, replacing nighttime snacks with fruits or veggies, or cutting back on sugary treats? When a goal is firm, any set back can feel like a failure. Instead, gradual changes are more empowering because they help you follow your plan and accomplish the results you want.
Resolution II: Healthy Body
Getting in better shape is one resolution that usually ends before any target is met. When striving for a healthy body, it's important to start slowly. Your body needs time to build up strength to endure strenuous exercise. We advise to begin with a 10 minute daily walk and, then, slowly increase the length. You should also add variety by mixing in other low-impact activities. Over time, you can build up to longer, more intense workouts. It'll be much easier for you to stick to your plan and you'll strengthen your body a lot, while developing a routine you can build on.
Resolution III: Healthy Mindset
Finally, we will only be as healthy as our minds are. If our minds are filled with negativity, those toxic thoughts can spread to all aspects of our lives. This means that no amount of exercise or weight loss will help you feel healthier. However, with a healthy mindset, you can control your feelings, acknowledge your limitations, and seek help when needed. You should constantly try to practice the peace of mind by showing yourself & others compassion, focusing on what matters, and practicing mindful meditation.
When you work with acknowledgement of your current limits, with patience to yourself, you can find a healthy and happy way to achieve your goals.