I’m not a fan of New Year’s resolutions. Ultimately, most of us don’t end up sticking with them and wind up feeling more discouraged than ever. Here are some of my favorite tips and tricks to encourage you to create and retain healthy habits throughout the year. You’ll be surprised how easy they are to incorporate into your life and even happier when you see the satisfying results.
Healthy Habits To Start
• Get your heart-rate going first thing in the morning. Before you eat breakfast, take a walk outside or walk briskly up and down the stairs for 15 minutes. Getting your heart rate up after waking is a great way to boost your metabolism and help you burn fat all day.
• Cut down on sweeteners by a quarter teaspoon. By reducing the sweeteners in your coffee, tea or other drinks you won’t notice a difference and you’ll cut your calories. Reduce by another quarter teaspoon every ten days and pretty soon you’ve cut them out altogether.
• Don’t just bring your (re-usable) water bottle with you everywhere you go, actually drink from it. Drinking 64 ounces of water every day keeps you hydrated, feeling fuller and does wonders for curbing your appetite.
• Take a few extra minutes at night to prepare a healthy lunch or snacks for the next day. Cut up fresh veggies, portion out raw nuts, wash and prepare fruit ahead of time and stick in a refrigerated bag to bring with you. You’ll save money by not running out to a convenience store for a “convenient snack,” and save time by having easy to grab, healthy food ready to go.
• Get up and walk around throughout the day. You’ve heard it before, take the stairs, not the elevator. Walk to your colleague’s desk, don’t pick up the phone. Take a short break every hour to walk a few laps around your office. Not only does it keep you moving, it helps clear your head.
• Add more vegetables to your meals. I can’t think of many vegetables that don’t add nutrition, color and texture to any dish. Most are low in calories, high in fiber and are an excellent source of vitamins, minerals and other essential dietary value.
• Start reading food labels. If you don’t already, you might be surprised how many empty calories, sodium and cholesterol you consume. How many servings are in the container and how much do you eat in one sitting? Measure out a single serving of your favorite snack. You may be shocked to see how small a single serving amount really is. Try to limit yourself to the actual serving size. You will satisfy your craving and limit the extra, empty calories.
• Schedule your workouts and keep your appointments. It’s one thing to say “I’ll go to the gym three days a week.” It’s another to actually go to the gym and workout. My most satisfied clients are the ones who make time to workout and exercise. The ones who take the time to eat right, exercise and take care of themselves are the ones who never need to make New Year’s resolutions.
Still need that extra motivation to get back into shape? Contact me today. We’ll create new healthful habits with a workout and nutrition plan that’s right for you. Get the results you want with our customized plans and great team of trainers.