4 tips to maintaining healthy habits all year!
Isn’t it convenient that Healthy Weight Awareness Month happens to be January, the month after we’ve eaten our weight in stuffing, mac & cheese, and homemade desserts? January is the month that the resolutions for the new year are made and the gyms are packed with people trying to stay true to the new people we’ve pledged to physically become. But unfortunately, our resolutions are short-lived and the gyms are back to normal capacity by the beginning of February. So, in honor of the month of new beginnings, we thought we would give you some tips to help you carry the healthy habits you begin in January of 2020, through to 2021!
1. Establish a realistic exercise routine – I know you’ve probably heard this a million time but it rings true, especially when it comes to exercise: consistency is key. Many times, people are super excited about the start of a new year and they set unrealistic expectations for themselves. They vow to hit the gym 5 to 6 times a week, and by the end of the month, they’re burnt out because they went zero to 100. Here’s a quick tip: Set realistic goals for yourself when it comes to a workout routine, especially if you’re new to working out. You can tell yourself, “Okay, I’m going to start out with 10 minutes a day of exercise…” and work your way up from there. Or, if you’re getting back in the gym after being out of a routine for a while, but you know what to do, commit to 3 times a week.
2. Take baby steps with your diet – Don’t feel like you have to jump completely out the window and change everything at once because quite frankly, this can throw your body into shock. You can begin making healthy changes to your diet, one meal at a time. Try replacing one meal with a smoothie. Or, make substitutions for one or two food items at a time: swap pasta for zucchini noodles or replace starches with vegetables after 6pm.
3. If you fall, get right back up – Trust me, I know how hard it is not to beat yourself up when you fall off the health and fitness wagon, but it’s a part of life. You are going to have days where you give in to the burger or bag of chips and I want you to know, it’s okay. Where most people make the mistake however, is to stay down and not get back up again. People begin to feel discouraged because they had one bad day and think, “Forget about it.” That’s the wrong thing to do. If you have one bad day, or even 3 bad days, you have every permission to start over again. Forgive yourself for falling off the wagon and start your next day following the same healthy habits you’ve established for your new diet and exercise regimen.
4. Reset with a detox – If you participated in the Roaring 2020s smoothie challenge with me, then you’ve already got the tools you need for a detox. Whether it’s for one day or 7 days, you can always get your system back on track with a detox. If you look through my previous blog posts, you can find a recipe or two to help get you back on track! Also, for those who are ready to take their detox to the next level, I’ve created a sugar detox plan! You can learn more about it here
At the end of the day, the goal is to take it easy on yourself and go at a pace that is sustainable for you to be successful way beyond January.