• Aya Mustafa

Reigniting that New Year's Resolution

At the start of every year, health, nutrition, and fitness dominate new year’s resolutions. At the start of every year, people around the world are motivated to take another stab at finally leading healthier lives. Yet, more often than not, that motivation quickly dwindles after only a few days. However, this mustn’t be the case for you. With the start of a new month, we’re here to offer you some practical steps to making healthier choices every day.

On Eating:

Mindful Eating:

  • Stop and drop everything your doing, sit somewhere comfortable, and eat. Savor every bite, taking it slow to ensure you’re enjoying the food and that you give your brain enough time to signal when your full so you know to stop. Eating quickly and mindlessly often leads to overeating.

Healthy snacking:

  • Swap that bag of chips that’s temptingly sitting on your kitchen counter with the bunch of grapes buried in the fridge that are calling your name. Easier access to healthy snacks means greater consumption of them! On the other hand, what’s out of sight is out of mind.

Better beverages:

  • Start with replacing a sugary drink, you usually consume, with water or any other unsweetened beverage you enjoy, once a day. Then, at your own pace, slowly work your way to eliminating sugary beverages from your diet.

Nutrient-Dense Calories:

  • Select foods that will give you the most bang for your buck. Nutrient-dense foods are those that will supply you with a whole lot of nutrients for a small amount of calories. Vegetables, fruits, seafood, eggs, etc… are all considered nutrient-dense.

Home-Cooked Meals:

  • Cheaper and healthier, home-cooked meals put you in control of nourishing your body, and you don’t have to deal with the unhealthy temptations found on restaurant menus.

  • If preparing food for yourself is out of the question, then find a healthier go-to restaurant that will provide you with nutritious options.

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On Exercising:

The physical activity guideline from the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends that all adults get at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity all days of the week.

Make it Fun:

  • Do you like dancing? How about jumping on a trampoline? These are both great ways to both enjoy yourself and get yourself moving more. Find activities you delight in that require movement, and allocate time daily to doing them!

Take Walking Breaks:

  • Do you spend most of your day sitting at a desk? Set a time at every hour in which you get up for a 5 minute walk around the space you’re in. Both your brain and body will thank you for this refresher.

Find Daily Opportunities:

  • Park further away from the entrance of the place you’re going.

  • Choose the stairs rather than the escalator or elevator.

  • Stand during short rides on public transportation.

Meat up to Move:

  • Next time your going out with someone, why not plan something that requires movement rather than sitting down like bowling, ice skating, biking, etc…

Conquer Every Moment:

  • Watching TV? Listening to a Podcast? Waiting for the pot to boil? Move around! Whether it be squatting, stretching, or running, keep yourself active.

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Many people give up on their resolutions to become healthier because they either want instant results or make extreme changes that aren’t sustainable; both which leads to their motivation diminishing. Although the steps incorporated in this article may seem simple, together, they can go a long way in helping you achieve the healthy life you’ve been wanting since they’re practical, making them easy to stick to. It’s time to finally achieve that new years resolution!

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