We’re only a few weeks into 2016. This is around the time a lot of people start letting their new year’s resolutions slide. If you want to improve your health and wellbeing, but you’re finding it hard to hit the gym early in the morning, there are easier routes to take. Regardless of what your friends are doing, you don’t have to become a marine overnight! Here’s a list of some simple changes you can make.
- Try to wean yourself off of sweet things. This can be tough if you usually have a little daily treat, but cutting down on sugars and fats little by little will make it slightly easier on yourself. Every day, just try to have a little less, and a little less.
- Find a fitness buddy. If you haven’t been a sporty type for most of your life, you might find gym fanatics insufferable! Try to find a sporty friend who you can hit the gym or go for jogs with. This will make your whole regime feel like less of a chore.
- Stock up on healthy alternatives for snacks. Try unsalted, in-shell nuts, Greek yoghurt, and lighter versions of your household’s favourites. Other changes such as using balsamic vinegar instead of malt in your cooking can make a very positive difference too.
- Reduce soreness after your workouts. When you come back from the gym and it hurts to walk, it can be a little harmful to your overall self-discipline! One of the ways to soothe these kinds of pains is to submerge yourself in a cold bath for fifteen to twenty minutes after your workout.
- Splash out on your trainers. Of course, it’s totally possible to keep up a jogging regime in any old trainers, but using an ill-fitting pair can lead to more aches and pains. As with a lot of things, you get what you pay for.
- Pick a good playlist. Listen to whatever music makes you feel energised and ready to go for it. This will make your runs seem faster, and music will work to improve your happiness in general. This in itself is very important to a person’s overall health.
- Weigh yourself at the right time. Thinking that the pounds are dropping off faster or slower than they actually are can be just as dangerous. Make sure you hop on the scales at the right time. This is in the morning, before any food or strenuous physical activity.
- Keep up standards at work and at home. There might be things you’re doing at work which are even more detrimental to your health than what you’d be doing in your spare time. It may be worth looking into occupational health service providers just to be safe.
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- Be vigilant about your food portions. Perhaps the meat on your dinner plate takes up far too much compared to the other groups. The most general rule I can offer for a healthy diet is try to make it varied. Pay closer attention to the portions of fibre, carbs, vitamins and so on whenever you cook.
- Watch your alcohol intake. If you’re going on a night out, remember to have some water between every drink. This will combat the liquid calories which can build up from certain drinks. Staying level-headed will also make sure you keep away from fast food joints on your way home!
- Forgive yourself for cheating. Don’t let that ginormous slice of cake you had at your daughter’s birthday weigh on your conscience. It takes about 3,500 calories to gain a single pound of fat. Let yourself loose here and there, but make sure it doesn’t spiral into another bad habit!
- Get outdoors, but take precautions. There are a lot of health benefits from getting out in the fresh air, but it comes with the risk of UV rays. Make sure to buy the right strength of sunblock. Sweat proof products are recommended if you don’t want to come home drenched in the summer!
With this list of little changes, you’ll find it easier than ever to better your lifestyle. Take each change one at a time, making gradual progress towards your ideal. We all let ourselves go when we shouldn’t sometimes. The important thing is to forgive yourself, and bring your focus back to whatever the next step should be. You may have had experience of trying to change too much too quickly, and breaking a lot of promises to yourself. Trust me; take it slow for better long-term results!