New year, new you? It’s a mantra many begin to repeat to themselves on January 1st every year, and after all the food and drink over the festive period, you might feel well and truly ready to take the steps towards a healthier lifestyle. However, if you want to make these changes sustainable, there are a few things you need to keep in mind. Below is a quick guide to how you can start your health kick this year and stick to it for the next 12 months and beyond.
The first rule of starting your new health and fitness goals is to be realistic about what you can achieve. For example, if you’re main aim is to lose 30lbs, make sure you’re giving yourself a reasonable time frame to get to that point from where you are now. Losing weight too quickly can be dangerous, and a health kick aims to take care of your general well-being, not just dropping a dress size or two. Take small steps and gradually start to challenge yourself a little more, whether that’s reducing your meal portion sizes or adding an extra workout into your weekly routine.
Another good tip if you want to stick to a healthier lifestyle is getting experimental in the kitchen. There are plenty of diets to follow which have their recipes, like these keto recipes, for example. If you’re following a particular diet structure, explore the different kinds of meals you can prepare for yourself. If you’re not following any particular program, still take the time to research healthy recipes and try out different things to find new favorite meals and to keep you interested in this new healthier lifestyle.
Make It Fun
Experimenting with new recipes is a lot of fun, but you should also think about what you’re choosing for your exercises as well. Engaging in a physical activity that feels more like a chore and a bit dull is not going to inspire you to hit the gym or go for a run if you don’t enjoy it. Finding an exercise class or activity that you think is a lot of fun is going to make it much easier to stick to and will be a welcome addition to your new routine. Perhaps even find a friend who shares the same interest and make your workout a social event as well.
If you’re not seeing results as quickly as you thought you would, don’t let this deter you. People forget that sometimes things take a little longer than expected, especially if this is a new activity or you’re changing your eating habits. Your body needs time to adjust, but stick to it, and eventually, you will begin to see changes, just be patient!
Remind Yourself of Your Goals
Finally, everyone stumbles from time to time, and there will be days or perhaps a week or two when you revert to bad habits. If this happens, don’t beat yourself up about it, but make sure you’re reminding yourself of your goals regularly to help you keep on track and stay motivated.
If you want to make some healthier changes this year, use this guide to help you achieve your goals and feel great.