We’ve all been there, making our list of resolutions that, nine times out of ten, includes a gym membership or a crash, fad diet. We stick to our brand-new plan for a few days, maybe even a month but then we just stop, leaving us feeling deflated and down. This year is going to be different: we’ve come up with three simple and achievable steps for staying on a healthy path this New Year. January is looking brighter already!
3 simple steps you can take today to conquer that stubborn Christmas weight:
1. “Take Small Bites”
We don’t mean to literally take smaller bites, we mean start slow and simple when going for a lifestyle change. The whole idea of changing your entire diet is unrealistic. When actress Mariel Hemingway, stopped by to give us all a few tips for staying healthy, she told us to start slow. “I say to people, if they want to change the way they eat, change your breakfast – start with one thing, because it’s do-able and more often than not, if you change your breakfast, you’ll feel differently at lunch and make a healthier choice then. If you push too hard or make it so extreme and so far from your regular life, then you won’t continue it. So I always say go slow, take small bites.”
2. Make it FIT!
If just the idea of getting up an hour early to go for a run or head to the gym makes you cringe, it’s unlikely you will actually get up and go when the alarm is blaring at 5am. Make your goals fit in with your lifestyle. If you don’t like waking up early then try to tackle your workout after work. Buy free-weights and use them and do a few sets of crunches while you watch your favourite TV show if you can’t get to the gym. Make working out a group activity. Go for a brisk walk with your friends or children or find a fun yoga, Pilates or fitness class to take. As far as dieting goes, check out our blog for healthy and delicious recipes to try at home so you don’t have to stick to an unappetising diet. Make the goal pleasant.
3. Give it Three Weeks
Don’t buy a gym membership or start a crash diet thinking that after a week, you’ll have lost half a stone and gained a brand new set of abs; that’s just not how it happens. Often we put so much pressure on ourselves that we feel beaten before we start. Don’t expect immediate results, wellness doesn’t happen overnight, lifestyle is something that is created, it’s habits that are ingrained in you. Habits get ingrained over 21 days. It takes that long for a habit to happen, so you have to give something three weeks in order for it to be in your cellular structure. [Once] you do that past the 21 days, then it becomes something that you just do.
If you start with these three, simple steps: start slow, make the goals possible and be optimistic, we can guarantee that this year’s weight-loss resolutions will be kept!
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