The most common New Year’s resolution that people make is to lead a healthier lifestyle. It is understandable why so many people make this resolution because it can help you to look and feel better and improve your quality of life – additionally, the indulgent festive period often leaves people feeling guilty!
Unfortunately, many people give in and revert back to old ways after a while and this is usually because they are setting unrealistic goals and pushing themselves too hard too quickly. With this in mind, here are a few simple tips to follow for being fitter and healthier in 2019:
Join A Fitness Program
Fitness programs can encourage you to get the exercise that you need and help you to achieve your specific goals. For seniors over 65, consider Silver and Fit. Silver and Fit is a fantastic fitness Medicare program which includes strength workouts, conditioning classes, home fitness kits and more for those that are unable to reach a gym. This program, and similar ones, also provide a wealth of resources for everything related to fitness and wellbeing which can make it much easier to improve your life in many ways.
Get More Sleep
Being healthier does not always mean eating vegetables and running endlessly on a treadmill. You need to make sure that you are getting enough sleep each night as this is the time for your body to rest and recover. Getting enough sleep can have a significant impact on your physical and mental health, so it is an area that everyone needs to address. If you are struggling to get enough sleep then try:
- Avoiding screens an hour before going to bed
- Reading before bed
- Reducing stress
- Exercising more
- Going to bed earlier/getting up later
Drink More Water
The body needs to be hydrated in order to work properly and there are multiple health benefits to drinking the recommended two liters of water a day. Make a conscious effort to increase your water intake by carrying a bottle around with you and substituting carbonated drinks for water and cordial.
Modify Your Diet
One of the cornerstones of health and wellbeing is a good diet. One of the main reasons that people abandon their New Year’s resolutions is that they make drastic changes to their diet which can be challenging to maintain. It is for this reason why it is a smarter idea to modify your diet by slowly reducing the amount of unhealthy food that you consume and gradually increasing the amount of healthy food. Additionally, it is worth remembering that it is fine to enjoy a treat occasionally and that it is about moderation and not completely eliminating certain items from your diet.
It is the goal of many people to lead a healthier lifestyle especially at the start of a New Year. People often set themselves targets which are unrealistic and/or make changes which are too drastic from the get-go which can be challenging to maintain. Making simple changes like the ideas listed above can be easy to implement into your life and help you look and feel a lot better over time.