The first day of January is considered by many as the best day for a fresh start. We go into the new year with weird and wonderful ideas for how we will change our lives for the better, and after the guilty indulgence of Christmas, it’s usually quite necessary.
It’s important that our new year’s resolutions are reasonable, and that we don’t expect too much from ourselves. That way, we have a whole lot more chance to stick it out for the entire year, rather than relapse into our old ways by January 15th. Here are some totally reasonable, simple to achieve, but effective new year’s resolutions you might want to consider implementing to make a healthy difference in your life.
Learn a new recipe a week
When it comes to making healthy food decisions, it’s all about the more you know. If you promise yourself that once a week you will learn a new healthy recipe, you will find your diet becomes more varied, you’ll have access to entirely new foods that you never dreamed of cooking with before, and eating becomes more interesting. You don’t need to buy expensive cookery books; the internet is overflowing with delicious, healthy meal ideas.
Keep a food diary
If you find it easy to binge eat when you’re stressed or tired, you might find it helpful to exert control of this by keeping a food diary. It can be as detailed or vague as you like, but the key thing is to make yourself feel answerable for your food decisions. You may also start to see connections between certain foods and your moods, energy, of feelings of wellbeing, which will allow you to become more selective with your diet. Use a cute paper notebook or an app such as MyFitnessPal to keep track of what you eat and when, and you can even use it to count and calculate calorie intake as well.
If you smoke, this is a very good time to stop. In the colder months, you’ll feel much less inclined to go outside for a cigarette, and the party season is well and truly over so social smoking is a thing of the past. You’ll see improvements in your health almost immediately, and workouts become a whole lot easier when your lungs aren’t clogged up with tar.
Work out more
If you can’t workout more, workout more efficiently. Create a regime which isolates different aspects of your body and physiology, and try to follow it weekly. You need to be mixing cardio with strength training to see the best effects. Speak with a personal trainer about how you can optimize your routine, and invest in some great new equipment to keep you motivated. Visit Chooserly.com to see the best gear currently available.
Stop using food as a prize
A healthy attitude to food can only be reached when you stop idolizing food. Don’t use it as a treat at the end of a long hard day, have a bath or a workout as a treat instead. Just like with creating a food diary, it’s all about creating a healthy relationship between yourself and food.
Good luck, and happy new year!