With the beginning of a new year comes new resolutions and goals to set for ourselves and raise the stakes. It’s time to get back on track with how we feel about ourselves and create challenges to achieve for a successful and fulfilling year. Losing weight happens to be the most popular goal that ranks at the top of New Year’s resolutions.
Although losing weight can be very rewarding and can enhance your self-confidence, it is equally important to improve your health and fitness. With proper nutrition and exercise, we can maximize energy and feel youthful and healthy. It also allows us to improve any symptoms we suffer from poor health and will ultimately lead to a longer and happier life.
1. Changing Our Eating Habits
Becoming healthier doesn’t mean we deprive ourselves, in fact, it’s quite the opposite. Choosing to have a healthy and clean diet means we begin incorporating more fruits and vegetables into our daily diet. We can forget about calorie counting and eat as many natural foods as we like. Give yourself six months to a year to completely become dependent on eating salads, bowls of fruits, and lean meats each day so your body no longer desires fake and processed foods.
Incorporating fitness into your life doesn’t mean you need to become a gym junkie. Instead, it means moving around more and sitting on the couch less. This could mean going on a long walk with a friend, riding your bike to the beach, or participating in a relaxing yoga class. The more you move, the more circulation you’ll have in the body and the healthier you’ll be.
3. Throwing the Scale-Out
Once you begin to become more focused on the nutrients and vitamins you’re consuming each day, you’ll be less worried about jumping on the scale each morning and fretting over how much you weigh. You’ll naturally begin to see yourself shed extra weight, and you’ll even notice a difference in your skin, nails, and hair due to the healthy diet you now eat.
4. Staying Hydrated
It’s important to stay hydrated when trying to live a healthier and more active lifestyle. Since 60 percent of the human body is made of water, it’s important we maintain our health with plenty of filtered H2O each day. Cut out the sodas, sports drinks, and unnatural juice that contain added sugars.
5. Get Accountability
By surrounding yourself with healthy people, you’ll be less likely to backslide on your progress and revert back to your old habits. Make friends at the gym, join a local running club and take a healthy cooking class so you can meet people who are just like you and want to reap the benefits of a healthy and active life.