Who else HATES that saying? I totally get the idea of New Year, New You…BUT that saying is so overused and misinterpreted in many ways. INSTEAD, let’s focus on continuing our healthy habits from the previous year and build on that. If you fell out of your fitness and or eating routine over the holidays, no worries! If you’re like me, I was surrounded by not-so-healthy foods and my workout schedule was inconsistent. And that is A-OK! No need to beat yourself up for that. Start fresh TODAY and get back to your healthy pre-holiday habits.
Here are 5 tips for getting back on the healthy train:
- Get back to eating whole, nutritious foods at home: Get rid of the processed junk food that accumulated over the holidays and fill up the fridge and pantries with healthy, fresh foods. Review my previous post, “Healthy Eating at Home” on my blog, Click HERE
- Have an Accountability Buddy: It’s been proven that having an accountability buddy will help increase the likelihood that you’ll stick to a healthy lifestyle program. Whether it be your spouse, friend, trainer or nutrition coach, etc. knowing that someone is checking in will keep you more accountable and less chance to fall off the wagon!
- Reduce Alcohol Consumption: This one seems very obvious, but the day and age that we’re living in now has probably made reducing alcohol consumption a bit more challenging. According to medical experts, alcohol has been used MORE during the pandemic to help deal with individuals battling mental and emotional distress, loneliness and physical isolation. With some things still being out of our control and many of us continuing to work remotely 24/7, it’s important to be aware of weekly or daily alcohol consumption. Be proactive and make the change to reduce this habit. I’m not saying to completely give up drinking, but maybe instead just have a glass or two on the weekends and cut out the weekday/night drinking. For more information, visit www.alcohol.org
- Be more Active: Dedicate at least 5 days a week to 30-60 minutes of exercise. Believe me, you’ll feel MUCH better when you can get up and move! No time? Break this up into mini workouts of 5-10 minutes multiple times per day instead! Check out my YouTube channel for a variety of short and longer workouts fit for any fitness level HERE.
- Soak in some sun: I know it’s winter where most of you are located, but breaking up the work day by stepping outside for even 5-10 minutes once or twice can have such a positive impact on your day overall! Soak in that Vitamin D and take a few deep cleansing breaths! Of if you’re like me, take the pups out for a walk and now you both get a break from the house AND a quick workout in!
Happy New Year and cheers to a HEALTHY and FIT 2021!