Updated: Nov 8, 2021
Making changes to improve our health and well-being doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing mentality. Even a few small changes to our diet and lifestyle can have big wins over time and help to motivate us to continue on that path.
I often ask myself the following two questions when setting new health and wellness goals:
Are the changes that you are making sustainable long term? If you’ve set out to lose weight or start a new exercise routine, is your plan realistic and can you maintain it long term?
Will these changes make me feel happy along the way? This one is very important for me. The entire point of making the changes I've set out on is to improve my wellbeing so the process of getting there should be enjoyable. While sometimes making changes can be challenging at first, with learning new ways of eating, living etc, in the end, it should feel rewarding.
Here are a few healthy habits to start the new year off with that will set you up for success.
Drink More Water:
Ensuring we are getting enough water and staying hydrated has many benefits including preventing constipation, preventing headaches, and helping our cells and muscles, etc function optimally.
Have a Plan:
This one might look different for each of us. Come up with a plan that will help you stay accountable. Some ideas include: create a meal plan, meal prep on Sundays, sign up for a class, exercising, or just something new to try, with a friend or family member to help motivate you to go even on busy days. I find that if I keep my goals simple and attainable to start with I’m more likely to reach them.
Include More Fruits and Veggies:
Add more fruits and veggies with every meal. Include more fruits and veggies in salads and smoothies, top your yogurt with fruit. Commit to packing them as snacks to get you through a busy workday.
Include Movement Each Day:
If you are new to exercising then start small. Try going for a walk, or include a ten-minute workout that you can do from home and build on the momentum.
Simple changes, a shift in approach, and a commitment to prioritizing your health can change your life completely. Every small step will have a big impact over time.