Happy New Year! It’s that time where we’re all trying to be healthier. Sometimes we stick to it, and sometimes a few weeks into the year we’re already done with it. I’ve learned not to start the year off with anything extreme that I won’t be able to stick with. Think of it as making some new, healthier lifestyle choices versus a diet. I feel like that’s where we get ourselves in trouble. So I want to share 5 tips that have helped me in the past to be healthier.
- Try Something New
Whether it’s a new food or a new exercise, trying something new helps keeps things exciting. If it’s something exciting, then that will help you stick to it. Try finding a new way to cook some of your favorite veggies, or a new workout that you’ve never tried before. I recently started a dance tabata workout plan that is so fun! You’re more likely to stick with it if it’s something you enjoy.
2. Self Care is a Must
Mental health is just as important as the physical part. With so much going on, taking some time for self care is a must. I’m not the best version of myself if I don’t take care of me. I notice my patience with my daughter is very thin when I haven’t had a chance to reset. Self care for me is anything I can do alone. It’s a priority for me, and helps me stay on track with my other health goals.
3. Stick to a Budget
I know sometimes when I’m trying to eat healthy, my grocery bill can get out hand and I’m forced to reel it back in. Eating healthy doesn’t mean you have to spend a lot of money. It helps to decide on your meals ahead of time so you have a plan when you go to the grocery store. Shopping without a plan isn’t good for your wallet. I also like to buy my produce and pantry items from Aldi. You just can’t beat their prices.
4. Find an Accountability Partner
Do you know someone else who is trying to be healthier? Get them on board with you! For me, I love when my husband is on board being my accountability partner. It helps keep us both in check, and in turn helps us both meet our goals. We’re both very competitive, and that definitely keeps things fun and exciting.
5. Set Realistic Goals
When setting your health goals, make sure they’re things you can actually stick with it. For example, it’s not realistic for me to set a goal to give up sweets completely. I know that’s just not something I would stick with. Instead, I limit my sweets and make healthy swaps like fruit. Remember when it comes to our health, we should think of this as a lifestyle change. So think long term when you’re setting your goals.
If you’ve had some success in this area, be sure to share your tips! I’d love to hear them.