One of the things that we all do at the turn of the New Year is promise ourselves that in the next year we will live healthier and happier lives. This is easier said than done, most of us fail at keeping up with our promises.
In the first few months of the New Year, we all set out to achieve the goal of being fit. However, as time goes by, we slowly decrease our efforts until we’re back where we were in the previous year. With a little bit of planning, advice, and these top tips, you can sustain your fitness goals throughout 2018.
Hire a Professional Nutritionist
Do you know who the most important person is on your journey to a healthier lifestyle? You. But your nutritionist is close second. This is because a clean diet is one of the most important factors to your fitness plan and a nutritionist can use their expertise to help you get there and to motivate you.
The best part is, it is no longer a struggle to find a good nutritionist. Today, there are many websites that can provide you with the information you need to find the right nutritionist. These sites allow you to pick your nutritionist by rating, location, and cost. So, it has become very easy to find a nutritionist and when you do, you’ll be that much closer to achieving your lifestyle goals for 2018.
Exercise with a Friend
There are plenty of perks that come with working out with a friend. Not only can the two of you motivate each other to achieve your fitness goals, but you’ll have fun doing so.
Even if neither of you are gym bunnies, there are still plenty of activities that you can indulge in outdoors without investing in a gym membership. Running, practising yoga, and playing sports are just some of the many forms of workout you can indulge in.
To motivate each other you could create little challenges with fun rewards, like giving each other a gift at certain milestones or spending the day out and about together. This will make working out fun and competitive.
If you don’t have someone you can work out with, look into hiring a personal trainer. Websites like Bidvine.com make this process easy by allowing you to read reviews about local fitness trainers.
Reduce Your Intake of Processed Food
Processed food has become a part and parcel of most peoples lives. It is far too easy to get addicted to this type of food; these chemically processed foods are high in sugar, easily available, and they also contain a number of artificial ingredients. It is no surprise then that processed foods have caused a variety of health issues for many people.
Whether you are a kid, a teen, or adult it is very easy to binge or gorge on processed food. If one of your goals for 2018 is to stay fit then it is important to lower or stop your consumption of processed food. You can do this by substituting foods such as nuts, avocado for oil, and whole foods such as dates for sugar. It might be tough at the start but once you get used to it, you’ll be surprised how simple it is to stick to.
Get Plenty of Rest
Most of us neglect resting when we get busy living our lives. However, living healthy does mean you will need to rest properly. We are so engrossed in what we do that we forget to give our bodies rest. The body is not a machine, so it needs rest and recuperation in order for it to function properly throughout the day.
In the New Year, make a promise to stop and rest when your body tells you to. Start off by getting enough sleep. It’s easy to give the excuse of no time but if you plan your day properly and get your priorities straight, you can easily make time for rest.
As well as prioritizing getting the eight hours of sleep you need on a daily basis, you should also make sure you’re not over-exercising.
If you have set a goal to work out for 1 hour a day, stop at that; don’t get lost in the zone and overdo exercising. This can actually hinder your goals in the long run.
Then, don’t forget to take a break from technology (mobiles, laptops, etc.) from time to time. This helps the mind relax and keeps it calm.
Start a Thank You Journal
While physical health is important, mental health shouldn’t be ignored. One way to stay positive and happy in the New Year is by starting a thank you journal. It isn’t difficult to do, all you need is to find a nice journal and write down all the good things that happened to you in the day.
The benefit of this journal is that it will make you feel good about yourself and will change the way you look at life. Feeling good about yourself will make you happy, helping you maintain good mental health.