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Those healthy habits for the win! Does the idea of New Year’s Resolutions overwhelm you? The motivation this time of the year is always so sky high – can’t you just feel it in the air? Everyone wants to go after their resolutions in a hardcore way – especially with their health and fitness goals. This year I wanted to approach change a little bit differently through focusing on smaller habit changes. Habits cultivate those small daily actions that will lead you on the right path to your goals.
5 Healthy Habits for the New Year
Wellness is a marathon, not a sprint. A happy, healthy body and a balanced diet are the result of daily decisions to choose what nourishes you best! I believe the only way to make it part of who you are is to make the small habit changes necessary to get you where you want to be. The small things do add up!
Extreme resolutions can set you up for disappointment. The holidays are all about overindulging and celebrating. We eat too much, say yes to all the social invites, and probably have a few cocktails too many. Workouts and even a regular schedule become a distant memory. So many people aren’t even sure what day it is!
As soon as the clock turns to the new year we are supposed to do a complete 180-style turn around. The healthy lifestyle is here! It’s a black and white philosophy that can easily set you up for failure. Cultivating healthy habits that align with who you are and your lifestyle will serve you best. Be sure to celebrate your victories along the way!
Choose Foods that Nourish You
Don’t focus so much on the foods you are cutting out of your life. It’ll make you only want them even more. When it comes to working towards healthier food choices think addition and not subtraction.
For example, consider all the good for you foods that you want to include in your diet. Green vegetables and colorful fruits for example. Good stuff! Don’t lament that you are giving up cheetos and the like for the rest of your life.
I caution against quick fixes that promise immediate results too. I am not a fan of detoxes, cleanses or overly restrictive diets that eliminate whole food groups. Studies show that the majority of those types of “diets” are ultimately unsuccessful. You gain the weight back, and often put on even more.
A lifestyle shift allows room for enjoyment and isn’t a quick fix. Add foods and don’t say you are never going to eat x, y, or z. But shift towards eating more of those nutrient-dense foods that pay you back.
This is a delicious breakfast recipe if you need a heat up and go option: Morning Glory Frittata
Consider Your Happiness
Consider what works and if it’s making you happy. I happen to love the gym setting and feel that it provides me with an escape. There are no distractions and it’s a great place to zone out to music, and focus.
But if you are going to join a gym and your heart isn’t it, or it isn’t in a realistic location then I caution you to re-consider. What will actually work for you?
If you are a beginner to a structured workout program, maybe you should start out with an exercise program at home. Rather than jumping into joining a gym buy some dumbbells and other equipment to workout at home a few days a week.
Here’s a tutorial I did with some in-expensive workout equipment to get you started: Best Home Gym Equipment
Build Healthy Habits
It’s daily healthy habits that build success. What you do most days wins in the end. Sometimes it doesn’t feel like enough is happening. But good habits truly become part of who you are and help shape the future.
Rather than feeling like it’s won’t be enough focus on one of your habit changes at a time. Maybe this week you can increase you water consumption. When that becomes easy you can move onto the next habit.
If you go into your new lifestyle with all guns blazing it’s going to lead to total burn out. The habit changes just aren’t there yet, and that’s ok. It’s a lifestyle change. Speaking of which…
What’s realistic for your lifestyle? Do you work full time? Are you a mom? Are you experiencing a large change in your life like a move or a shift in career focus?
Maybe a drastic health and fitness overhaul is not right for you right now. Again, those small changes will lead to improvement without overwhelm. Think where you want to be in a year from now. What are small steps you can make right now to get there?
Take Care of You
Regular self care is a healthy habit. This year I want to really focus on making sure this is part of my routine because it’s easy to say you don’t need it. Maybe you don’t in the moment, but if you only focus on work and your obligations you’ll be on the path to burn out. Remember – it’s ok to say no!
Maybe you shouldn’t binge watch an entire TV series on Netflix in one weekend. But maybe it’s important to fit in a few episodes a week. Don’t let anyone convince you that doing away with these things will make you healthier or more successful. A Consider what relaxes you and makes you feel taken care of on a daily basis. Allow enough time for it by scheduling it.
I always make sure to have a pretty planner to coordinate all the moving parts!
Happy & Healthy Year
I hope this was helpful for you! I am going to focus on building healthy habits this year. I’ve found it’s a more gentle way to ease into change. It all starts with being kind to ourselves!
I’m excited for 2017, and I’m sure it will be an amazing year for all of us. Remember a little progress everyday adds up to big results.
How About You?
What is one healthy habit you’d like to create in the new year?