There are many reasons why new year’s resolutions are never going to work. When you go for an attitude that you’re going to stop doing something completely, it just isn’t going to be sustainable for most people. Even small things can start off well. Something like giving up refined sugar, for example. For a few weeks it can be simple to do. But over time, it just isn’t going to be sustainable. But really, that is going to be OK. Hopefully, it is going to help you to make your overall health better, as baby steps can be the best way forward to achieving a healthy lifestyle in the long term. So if you’re thinking about what goals you might have for the new year, then think about the baby steps that you can take to make sure that it happens. Here are some simple and small changes that can have a big impact and lead to next year being your healthiest yet.
Eat Off Small Plates
It is a small and simple thing, but if there is space on your plate, then you will naturally fill it up with food. When you have a smaller plate, then it is going to be harder to fill and you will end up eating less. Quite often you will eat everything off your full large plate, even if you’re not really hungry. So it is a good way to monitor what you’re eating and get out of the habit of mindless eating.
See Physical Specialists
If you have any aches, pains, and niggles, then getting them seen to is a good idea. It is going to be tricky to work out as much as you want to if you’re in physical pain, especially if it is the result of an accident that you’ve had. So as well as looking into a personal injury consultation, it can be worth looking at seeing a physical therapist or a someone like a chiropractor. Then you can be fighting fit to make yourself healthy and strong.
Taking part in something like yoga,or stretching regularly, can be a great thing to do as we go into the new year. First of all, it can be a good way to keep injuries away. But it is also good for mobility, flexibility, and reduce your stress levels. Even just a small amount each day can make a difference.
Avoid Refined Foods
If you’re feeling peckish, then it can be easy to grab a candy bar or cookie. But they are not going to be the healthy habits that you want to make. So choose whole foods and avoid the refined foods where you can. Your body can more easily digest and make use of proper foods as it will know what to do with them. So they can give you an energy boost and leave you feeling good, rather than a feeling of sluggishness.
Make Time For Breakfast
Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day. So it only makes sense that you make room for it. It can be difficult as morning time can be such a rush. But breakfast really does set you up for the rest of the day and can provide you with all of the energy that you need. If you struggle with it, then plan ahead. Making something to grab the night before means that you will get breakfast and make it much easier to happen.
Healthy Food Swaps
There are some simple food swaps that you can make so that you are taking on healthier foods and better calories. Simply changing your white loaf of bread to whole wheat can make a difference to the quality of your lunch, as well as something like switching white rice to brown rice. The whole versions of the grain haven’t been processed or refined, so all of their goodness is kept inside, meaning that they are much better for you.
Stress can have a big impact on our health, but it can be a bit of a hidden health problem. So looking for ways to reduce your stress can be a good thing to do. Something like yoga or meditation can help. Others may prefer something physical like boxing or weight training as a release. Buy whatever it is, even drawing or sewing can help, choose something that you enjoy and that works for you. It can help you to relax, keep your blood pressure down, as well as bring some joy into your life.