Undertaking to make one’s health a priority in the coming year is always one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions. Whether someone decides to quit smoking, lose weight or get fit, many people resolve to be healthier as soon as the clock strikes to signal the start of the next twelve months.
Unfortunately, many New Year’s resolutions are abandoned rather quickly, as soon as the normal stresses of everyday life make their appearance again.
Herewith, thus, 10 New Year’s resolutions to mark the new decade – and they’re resolutions you might just be able to stick to.
1. Make rest a priority
It might seem counterintuitive just after what has probably been the longest period of rest you’ve had in months, but making sure you get enough sleep is paramount to good health – and it’s something many of us neglect.
2. Focus on mindful eating
Instead of just saying you want to lose weight, why not shift the focus to mindful eating? Many of us spend mealtimes in front of a screen, barely paying attention to the activity of eating. However, when we eat mindfully, paying attention to every bite, we are more likely to realise when we’re full, and to stop overeating.
3. Always opt for the stairs
Unless you absolutely can’t because there really isn’t time to do so, always take the stairs. You’d be surprised at how quickly you’ll start noticing improvements in your fitness levels in general.
4. Recruit a friend
Exercise is just more fun when you aren’t doing it alone. Now is the time to motivate someone who is always complaining about their health to reach new fitness goals, and to reach your own with a friend by your side.
5. Quit smoking
Aside from being exceptionally detrimental to your health, smoking also stunts athletes and prevents them from reaching their true potential. If you haven’t done it yet, quitting smoking really is the best thing you can do for your health in the new decade – and to ensure that you there to see the next one.
6. Keep stress at the minimum with mindfulness
Just like smoking, stress is one of the biggest dangers to the overall wellbeing of people today. You can counter the stressful aspects of your life by incorporating mindfulness practices like yoga and meditation into your daily routine.
7. Trim the amount of tipples you have
While there’s nothing wrong with a drink every now and again, excessive consumption of alcohol will not only hold back your exercise goals, but also hold serious health consequences, including increasing your risk of stroke, hypertension, heart disease, liver disease, along with a myriad of other issues.
8. Try something new
Once you’ve become bored with your fitness routine, the spark that drives you to higher heights disappears. Why not try a totally new form of exercise or training in 2020? It might just reboot your entire approach to your health.
9. Keep a health and fitness diary
Research has shown that we remember better when we write things down – it might be prudent to say that this approach also helps us to better commit to the goals we set for ourselves. This year, try keeping a health and fitness diary, in which you note your diet and exercise goals, and keep track of how you’re on your way to achieving them. The few minutes every day you spend jotting down what you’ve done gives you a chance to reflect on this journey and to see how far you’ve already come.
10. Self-care is key to overall wellbeing
Practicing self-care every day helps you to understand why you’re making your health and fitness a priority. Remember what you are grateful for, and don’t hesitate to block out periods of time that are just spent being good to yourself. This can include things like avoiding your phone until you’ve had your breakfast or completed your exercise or meditation session. Ultimately, self-care is central to any exercise or diet programme, because it reminds you that you matter and deserve to be happy with the life you’re living.
Setting manageable health and fitness goals helps you to actually see them through. Of course, you can adapt this list according to what your own goals are. We believe in you! Here’s to a healthy and happy 2020!