Although the New Year has already begun, it’s never too late to start on your resolutions. New Year’s resolutions are the perfect opportunity to get started on whatever it is you’ve been putting off doing. Now’s your chance to sit down and prepare a list of important lifestyle changes you want to make. We’ve decided to give you a bit of help – because (since the majority of people fail to stick to their resolution) you’ll need all the help you can get.
1. Get In Shape
One good tip is, if you want to lose weight, avoid getting fixated on achieving a specific number on the scales. Instead, ask yourself why you want to lose weight and use that as the basis for your goal. Asking “why” will help you find your real purpose, which will help to improve your motivation. With an exercise and diet programme, it may be easy enough to start, but the trick is to find a decent one that will give you steady results and will be easy to stick to in the long run.
2. Drink More Water
This might not be on many people’s New Year’s resolution list, but it’s probably the most important. Drinking water comes with a lot of benefits, however, not many of us drink the amount of water we need each day. Start small by replacing 1-2 drinks a day with water, then replace your second cup of coffee with a glass or two of water. When you are ready to take it to the next step buy a big bottle and have it close to you for easy access. If you don’t like the taste of water, you can add a squirt of lemon, a squeeze of lime, a few sprigs of fresh mint, or a cucumber or orange slice.
3. Get More Quality Sleep
Sleeping well directly affects your mental and physical health. Studies show that getting quality sleep on a regular basis can help improve all sorts of issues, from your blood sugar to your workouts. With big TVs, computers, smartphones, tablets, and all sorts of gadgets with glowing lights and beeping alerts, it can be hard to get enough sleep at night. You should be aiming for at least 7-8 hours of sleep a night, and there are fairly simple ways to achieve this. The first thing to do is set those gadgets aside for at least an hour before bed. This will let your mind slip into bedtime mode and make it much easier to drift off. Reading a book is another way to help relax your mind before bed.
4. Saving Money
If you feel overwhelmed about how to save money, you’re not alone. To effectively save money, you should consider both long-term strategies like paying down debt, and short-term tactics like skipping the cocktail at the restaurant. A rainy day fund and some extra money that can go towards traveling abroad, fixing up the house, or buying a new car. We have the perfect article for help with saving money, click here.
5. Walk More (A Mile A Day)
If you’re looking for a way to get active, the solution might be easier than you think. Walking is a simple, free way to exercise, lose weight, and become healthier. Whether you are trying to ease stress or anxiety or just want to change your view, going for a walk every day can serve many purposes. Ideally, use a tracker to monitor your average mileage or steps daily. Over a week you could see how you’re doing and set a challenge for next week based on the results and how you could improve. Try parking at the back of the car park at the supermarkets, walking to the shops, or takinh the stairs instead of the lift. Remember, it all adds up and in no time you’ll be walking more than a mile a day.