It’s that time of year again when we all start making resolutions. Many of them revolve around health and fitness, and for good reason. But with so many to choose from, which ones should you focus on? To make things simpler for you, we’ve picked out several of the best, which are guaranteed to make you healthier in 2019.
Drink more water
Making sure you’re hydrated is something that’s easily neglected, but doing so means missing out on a whole host of benefits – from improved brain function and energy levels, to a boosted immune system and fewer toxins in your body. By drinking water regularly, you’ll feel much more comfortable, as it helps break down food and prevents constipation. It also aids weight loss and stops you from suffering those dreaded dehydration headaches. One easy routine to follow is making sure you fill up a water bottle at the start of every day, topping it up at regular intervals to ensure you’re never short of H2O!
Try something new
Ever felt stuck in a rut? Trying something new is a great way to break out of a mundane routine. It helps wake up your brain and reminds it that you weren’t put on earth just to go through the motions! Often it gives you new perspective by allowing you to view the world through a different lens. This helps you recognise the value around you. More times than not, the thing you’re interested will involve learning a new skill, which can be daunting! But instead of being put off by it, grab the opportunity with both hands and soon you’ll have a cool new skill or hobby to show off! Proving to yourself that you have what it takes to tackle a new challenge also increases your confidence and self-appreciation. And we all know that a bit of self-love is important for mental health.
Get some fresh air
With so many of us now spending our days chained to our desks, it’s easy to forget that there’s a world outside packed with healthy fresh air! Whether it’s by roaming the countryside on your day off, or taking a 10-minute walk on your lunch break, fresh air is one of the easiest and healthiest habits to integrate into our lives. You’ll be surprised at the positive effects being outdoors can have on your mental and physical wellbeing. It gives you more healthy energy, helps combat stress and depression, and improves your sleep and overall health. It’s also a great way to clear you mind when you’ve got too many thoughts rushing around! So make sure you carve out time for regular trips outside.
Set yourself SMART goals
Setting fitness goals is a great way to tell your brain that you have something to work for. The secret is to set your goals in a way that doesn’t lead to failure – which can be demoralising for your self-esteem and bad news if you’re trying to form an exercise habit. If you’ve ever made a New Year’s resolution, only to break it soon after, you’ll know exactly what we mean! By using SMART goals, you’ll give yourself the best chance of achieving success. SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time oriented. Here’s an example:
Specific: Run three days a week
Measurable: Time runs, track distances and keep a daily log
Attainable: Run a 10k race
Realistic: Follow a structured training programme aimed at your starting level, which builds up gradually to the 10k distance
Time oriented: Run for 10k by eight weeks
There are countless free training plans available online for various sport and exercise types. Find ones you like and use them to create your own SMART goals. Otherwise, asking a trainer at your 1Life gym or leisure centre for some guidance is a good option.
Give yourself some “me time”
Even if it’s only for an hour a week, set aside some time to do something you enjoy. It could be reading a book, going for a cycle, or doing some meditation. And it doesn’t necessarily have to be alone – it could be watching a movie with the kids, or going for a walk with friends. If it’s what you like to do, it counts as “me time.” Taking care of yourself allows you to unwind, de-stress and re-charge your batteries. In other words, switch off. The human brain isn’t designed to keep focused for prolonged periods, so regular breaks help to boost your productivity at work and home. “Me time” also provides the opportunity to work on relationships, be reflective, and to do some self-discovery and deeper thinking. In a modern world, where demands are high and we consistently prioritise other people’s needs above our own, taking a few moments to put yourself first will improve your life and health.
Hopefully we’ve managed to provide you with some healthy, simple-to-achieve resolutions which you can start to action straight away, but if there’s anything the 1Life Team can do to support you on your journey, then please do come and see us.
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