With a New Year comes the opportunity for a fresh start, and the areas of exercise and wellness are no exception. The new year is a great time to commit to a healthier lifestyle, it can create a sense of motivation and hope for taking control of your health and bettering the year ahead. However, if you fall short on taking action to make change or reach your goals, you may feel a sense of failure.
However, readjusting your approach and mentality with the following 5 ways, can set you up for greater success.
Strive for progress: the best and easiest way to become healthier is to create lifelong habits. Diets don’t work, but healthy eating habits do for example. Focus on moderation in your life by setting progress, not perfection, as the goal.
Give yourself time: a “quick fix” is always desirable, when it comes to fitness and diet, but it doesn’t exist. It takes time to see changes in the body caused by fitness and diet. So, don’t obsess about what the scale shows, put in the hard work and you will see improvements gradually.
Need to change the way we think about exercise: instead, just think of it as moving your body more. Thirty minutes of movement a day is all it takes to improve your mood and reduce your stress. Find ways to move that you enjoy, such as a walk, run, or stream a workout video.
Think of food as fuel: eat everything in moderation, and remember the 80/20 principle, eat healthy 80 percent of the time, and then allow yourself 20 percent of the time to eat your favorite foods.
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