3 Easy Tips To Improve Health & Wellness For The New Year

health and wellness Jan 01, 2018

If you’re like millions of people, you’ve made a commitment to get in shape, you’re going to do it this year—no matter what it takes.

Finally, the holidays have come and gone. As dedicated and focused as you may be on January 1st, many of you will be derailed in your journey to well-being; failing within the first few weeks because you have set overly ambitious and restrictive resolutions.

By understanding and implementing these 3 easy tips to improve your health and wellness for the new year you can succeed.

#1 Get your head in the game

Bear in mind that diets don’t work—lifestyle changes do. Stop focusing solely on losing weight; being healthy should not be your destination, it should be your way of life.

You have free will. You are entirely responsible for your successes and failures. When you accept accountability for your actions and decisions, there is nothing you cannot achieve. Everything you are or ever will be is up to you. Lead yourself in the direction needed to shape the outcome of your wellness goals.

  • Begin your day with a positive attitude. In order to benefit from the best that life has to offer you, it’s crucial to get off on the right foot every day. Wake up in the morning realizing that you have 24 brand new hours ahead of you and vow to live each moment to its fullest.
  • Be comfortable in your own skin. In order to be genuinely happy, you must set your search for inner beauty in motion. Stop being your own harshest critic and start practicing a little self-love.  When you accept who you already are, you can become all you dream of being.
  • Don’t wait until everything is just right to begin because it never will be. Appreciate yourself for where you’ve been, where you’re headed, and where you are in your journey to health and wellness. Focus on the things that make you your happiest and achieve your wildest dreams.

#2 Get real about what you’re eating

How is it that eating has become a miserable and problematic experience in our daily lives? Why is it that in a country with so many alternatives do we often feel unfulfilled and dissatisfied with our food choices?

While most eating patterns are formed during childhood, it’s never too late to establish healthier behaviors. And while it’s easy to get overwhelmed and discouraged when you begin to consider lifestyle changes, in the end, you must take ownership of what it is you’re really eating.

  • Eating a balanced diet, from a wide variety of nutritious, whole foods is vital for your overall well-being. For your body to live, grow, and function properly, it requires the essential nutrients from the food you eat for its good health and daily maintenance.
  • Factoring cooking into your already over-booked days can seem impossible, but it is a must-do if you are striving to live a healthier life. If you’re not mindful of your food choices, your seemingly never-ending list of things to do can and will negatively impact the overall health and wellness of you and your family.
  • The surprising importance of plate size lies in the fact that most of us eat with our eyes. If given a large plate we will be tempted to fill it and compelled to eat it. If you choose smaller plates you are likely to be satisfied with the portion served and be able to put your fork down before you’re stuffed. It’s time to resign from the clean plate club.

#3 Get your butt in gear

Exercise is one of the best ways to maintain physical and mental well-being; it’s about as close as you will ever get to finding the fountain of youth. Use it to become a healthier, more masterful version of yourself.

Adhering to an exercise regimen will take commitment, dedication, and determination; doing what needs to be done, when it needs to be done, when you don’t want to do it. Exercise need not be seen as a chore; stay fit by choosing activities that you enjoy participating in.

  • Fitness is not about skinny girl stereotypes; healthy women come in all shapes and sizes. Make exercise a part of your routine because it builds a healthy body and makes you feel good. Find ways to improve your physical health that promotes fitness, cultivates friendships, and raises your spirits.
  • Remember that movement is life. Exercise helps your body to produce endorphins; endorphins are chemicals in the brain that make you feel good. They can help you build confidence; making you more comfortable with how you look on the outside and how you feel on the inside. Additionally, a physical workout will help you increase energy, encourage better life choices, and improve your mood.
  • Stepping out of your comfort zone to begin an exercise program can be scary—I get it. Even though I have been in and out of many gyms, yoga studios, and hotel health clubs over the years, I still experience a bit of anxiety with the unknown. Face your fears, the beginning is always the hardest part. You may have to dig deep, come to terms with the uncertainty, and direct all of your spirit and energy toward a bigger, brighter future.

Weight loss is the most common New Year’s resolution, yet few people will actually succeed.

In theory, losing weight isn’t all that hard. You begin to make the necessary changes and start to see progress, but then, out of nowhere, self-sabotage takes over—negative thinking, poor food choices, and lack of exercise begins to hinder your efforts.

By following these 3 easy tips to improve your health and wellness for the new year your goals can be attained.

I am a corporate wellness consultant. As a master yoga instructor, I support in-house wellness programs, seminars, trade shows and executive retreats. I help business leaders build and maintain physical and mental well-being. If you would like to learn more about offering a health and fitness program to your busy management team contact me at [email protected] or 386.871.0582

 

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