Make 2016 a New Year for a New You.
Start the year right by committing to a healthier lifestyle. By introducing a few simple and practical lifestyle changes, you can make a positive impact on not only your health, but your happiness and sense of well-being..
Most New Years Resolutions lists are triggered by a feeling of enthusiasm for the possibilities of weight loss, eating right and dusting off that gym pass.
More often than not, most resolutions are unrealistic. “I’m going to drop three dress sizes in 4 weeks”, “I will go to the gym every day ” and “I am completely abstaining from alcohol”
Setting small, realistic goals, one step at a time is more often than not the more sensible approach in achieving your long term goals.
When taking these small steps, here are some examples:
- I will limit my intake of soft drinks and alcohol and high-sugar fruit juices. Stick to water and herbal teas.
- I will try to keep moving while I’m at work. If you are inactive for the majority of the work day, it is very important to take periodic stretch breaks. Get up from the desk and take a brief walk, and stretch arms and legs as frequently as possible to avoid postural and spinal stress.
- I will walk for 30 minutes each day. Walking is not only great for cardiovascular health & fitness, it is also enjoyable, great for stress management and doesn’t require any expensive equipment or gym memberships.
The New Year is a perfect time to create some positive habits that can change your life.
If one of your resolutions is to get fit and lose body fat, and this year you don’t want to break the promise to yourself, then here are some handy hints for your consideration:
Fitness and Strength
- Look upon exercise as a form of enjoyment, not punishment. It is an excellent change for you to relieve stress and take some time out from the hectic pace of daily life.
- Start small. Walk for half an hour three times a week. Once you have settled into a routine of walking whenever possible, your fitness will improve and you will be able to take on more exercise.
- Choose a physical activity that you enjoy. This way you are far more likely to stick with your exercise regime.
- Find an exercise partner. Motivation is the key to a successful fitness routine, and being accountable to another person is a great way to commit.
- Diarise your exercise. Include your workouts in your diary, and treat them as importantly as you would any kind of appointment.
- Set achievable goals for your fitness. Include improvements in your diet within these goals, such as cutting down on sweets or alcohol. Write down these goals and review them every month to check on your progress.
Health and Well-being
What better time than January to start making realistic & achievable changes to experience better health & well-being
- Think more positively. Instead of focusing on what you don’t want, focus on what you do want – time time to reflect on all the good things in your life – your family, friends, work – whatever it takes to put a smile on your face. You will look and feel a whole lot better for it.
- Reduce processed carbohydrates and sugar intake. To name a few of the many benefits of cutting back on processed carbs and sugar, you will be rewarded with increased energy, fat loss, clearer skin and optimum health.
- Cut back on alcohol. Try to limit yourself to a couple of drinks a week, you will notice a big difference in your energy levels, and you will feel and look a whole lot better.
- Continue your exercise routine! Exercising is one of the best ways to feel good everyday.
Food and Nutrition
Eat a variety of unprocessed foods, lean protein, unprocessed carbohydrates and healthy fats..
- Consume protein with every meal. Protein is crucial for maintaining, repairing and boosting lean muscle tissue, and will therefore burn more calories..
- Eat 2-3 servings of fruit and unlimited fibrous vegetables (more colour the better.
- Consume healthy fats with each meal (ie. salmon, olive oil, flaxseed oil, avocado). It is most important to ensure you include plenty of Omega 3 fats in your diet (ie. fish, walnuts, fish oil supplement, flaxseed oil).
- Drink 2-3 litres of H2O every day (more if you are training regularly)
- Reward yourself for achieving your goals. Make the reward non-food related so you won’t be tempted to ruin your improved diet. Get a massage, buy something for yourself or take yourself out to a movie.
Last of all, realise that this is a lifetime commitment.
Remember – once you start this process you form new and improved habits and you are well on your way to better health and an improved sense of well-being