healthy habits for the new year

With less than a month left in the year, everyone is starting to think of their New Year’s Resolutions to get fit, lose weight, or fit into x pants. Goal setting it one of the best ways to self motivate and reach your goals however, New Year’s goals can oftentimes be short-lived. After working at a gym for +5 years, I have noticed that January has an influx of new fitness enthusiasts…which is great. However, with each passing month fewer and fewer people started to come. This year instead of making a short-lived resolution try making healthy habits and start changes today in order to make them habits. Here are 5 healthy habits that I am starting now to kickoff 2020 on a good foot:

Get Enough Sleep and Start the Day Refreshed

I have always been a morning person. I like to wake up and start the day immediately, allowing me to get a lot done before I am into the minutia of the workday. Before the clock even strikes 9 AM I will have woken up, worked out, showered, walked the dog, ate breakfast, and settled down with a cup of coffee to read my emails. What have you done before 9 AM?

Everyone has their own internal clock, and it is important to listen to your body. If you are following the patterns of the sun and getting into bed early then waking up early really isn’t difficult which can make a huge difference in your life.

The goal here is getting enough sleep which means winding down early, drinking less caffeine during the day, and having bedtime rituals that let you fall asleep quickly and soundly.

Switch to Water

Growing up my family was a “Diet” beverage home. We had Diet Coke, Diet Sprite, Diet Iced Tea; you name the beverage, we had it in a diet form.

Working at a tech startup we have access to free food and soda 24-7. At first, it seemed like a blessing but over the years it has made it easier to grab a can of Diet Coke than taking the time to fill a glass of water.

The goal here is to switch all liquid consumption to good olde H2O. The means no soda, fruit juices, sugar (or aspartame) filled teas; instead, try drinking water in all its glorious variations (ie. water with lemon, cucumber, super greens mix, etc). Check out some of the benefits of water here.

Replace Snacks with Healthy Options

Snacking between meals is what keeps me going throughout the day. Working 9-5 (or longer) can be draining on your body and snacks can be the best way to get a boost of energy to power you through the day.

We live in a society where over-processed foods are the norm and most often times the easiest item to grab on the go. One of the best ways to avoid this trap is by preparing healthy snacks ahead of time.

The goal here is to think ahead. When hitting up the grocery store get fresh berries, fruits, and veggies and take the extra 10-minutes in order to clean, cut and prep for a healthier alternative. Place these cut fruits and veggies front and center in the fridge so that they end up being the first thing that you grab.

Spend Money on Skin Care

This weekend I watched the Netflix documentary series ‘Broken‘ which shines a light on consumerism. The first series, “Makeup Mayhem” dives into the booming cosmetic industry. The documentary explains hor counterfeit makeup manufacturers exploit our desire to feel we own the hippest/best products at a fraction of the cost.

Before watching this documentary I was buying nearly all my cosmetics on Amazon or other “no-name” retail vendors to cut down on costs and get the product as soon as I can. Counterfeit cosmetic has evolved resembling the real product almost identically the naked eye it can be nearly impossible to tell them apart.

The goal here is to spend the extra time and money to research and buy from real vendors selling organic, clean, and cruelty-free cosmetics.

Practice Daily Self-Care

Research suggests that the more we practice self-care, the more confident, creative and productive we are. Self-care can come in many shapes and forms from meditation and journaling to pampering yourself with a facemask or mani-pedi.

You can’t always control what life throws are you but you can control how you take care of yourself. Below are a few ways that you can start a self-care:

  • Get outside, even for a short walk down the block
  • Give yourself a face massage
  • Say “no”, learn to say no so that you are not overcommitting to work or social plans so you have time to yourself to relax
  • Journal, try out Penzu which is a free online journaling platform
  • Write in a gratitude journal
  • Getaway, use up your PTO days and plan a trip away whether it is just a short road trip or island trip

Studies have shown that less than 25% of people actually stay committed to their resolutions after just 30 days, and only 8% accomplish them. This year instead of creating a resolution make a change in your life. Create healthy habits that you live by which wil then, in turn, help you reach your goals.

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