Whether you made it a point to stay healthy during the holiday season or if you indulged a little more than you meant to, now is the natural time to set new goals for the new year. It doesn’t matter if you’re in a rush to get rid of some holiday weight or if you have longer-term goals, it’s time to put yourself into the New Year, New You mindset.
We’ve all set New Year’s goals in the past, but if you’re like most of us, there’s a good chance you gave up at some point before reaching your ultimate goal. We’ve all been there! Setting realistic short-term goals will increase your chances of success and can play a big role in achieving your long-term goals.
Sure, it may be cold, but get out there anyway. A little bit of fresh air goes a long way to boost your motivation and your overall sense of well-being, especially if you’re usually cooped up through the winter months. A little layering of your clothes can go a long way to keeping you warm, and a little bit of nature (even in the concrete jungle of a big city) can work wonders.
A well-planned exercise routine, whether indoors or outdoors, is the best way to be active, but even the simplest of daily activities can be a big step toward a new year, new you.
Walking, jogging, biking, and hiking are all great outdoor activities you can do alone, with your pets, or with family and friends. And no, you don’t have to go outside to be active. There are plenty of indoor activities to choose from, especially if you belong to a gym, and even simple activities like walking around a shopping mall will at least get your blood flowing.
This may sound like a lazy and simple goal, but if you’re not already following a well-balanced eating plan, now is the time to get in the habit, not just for a new year, new you, but for a longer future.
Eating well doesn’t have to involve the “D” word since that tends to make it tough for many people. Don’t think of it as going on a diet with restrictions so much as a new way of eating that puts your health first and your cravings second. Yes, a good vegan meal plan delivers plenty of great flavors, but everyone likes a little sweet treat from time to time, and that’s okay.
The occasional treat doesn’t’ have to ruin your goals. Set a meal plan based on your dietary needs, and simply eat only healthy food choices 80-85% of the time. That gives you a generous 15-20% of your “diet” to allow for the occasional urge.
One easy way to stay on track with your new, healthy eating plan it to get in the habit of carrying a RawFusion Bar with you wherever you go. That way, you’ll always have a delicious and nutritious snack with you, and you won’t be as likely to give in to cravings while you’re on the go.
When the weather’s cold and you’re not sweating, it’s easy to forget to stay hydrated. Beyond the obvious negative consequences of dehydration, your body needs to stay hydrated to fully utilize all the nutrients in your food. Plus, a well-hydrated body rids itself of toxins much more easily, and proper hydration is a big key to transporting fatty acids through your bloodstream for weight loss.
Stress levels at the end of the year can be at their peak, so it’s important to break that cycle so you don’t carry that anxiety into the new year. It doesn’t help that the evolving world around us seems to add new stressors on an almost daily basis.
Find ways to resource yourself and relax through the day. Daily exercise can be a great stress relief, especially if you incorporate yoga into your program (or separately during the day). Consider adding in an occasional massage or set time aside for reading, listening to your favorite music, or quiet and uninterrupted meditation.
If you have trouble relaxing because it feels like you’re spoiling yourself when there are so many things to do, keep in mind that relaxation can make you more resourceful and productive in the long run, let alone the life-extension potential.
New Year, New You – Start Now
January 1 is the date most people begin working on their resolutions, but why wait. Whether it’s December, mid-January, or any time of the year, there’s no reason to wait. Start working on your new year, new you right now!