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How to Get Healthy This January: 3 Simple Steps
When it is the beginning of a new year, everyone seems to want to start a new healthy lifestyle. They plan on eating a better diet, want to work out six days per week, cut out sugar, go on a fad diet, stop eating carbs, go gluten-free, or any other number of tricks to lose weight and get into shape.
However, the issues with all of these things is people can never stick to them for any lengthy period of time. Within a few weeks or month people begin to realize how miserable they are not eating pasta or how stressful it can be to avoid certain food groups and workout nearly every day of the week in the gym.
Trying to do too much at once is not fun, it is not sustainable, and it is teaching you that certain foods are bad and your need to hit the gym for a major sweat session to get in shape and healthy. It begins to feel like a punishment and creates a bad associated for your brain. Working out and eating healthy becomes something you feel obligated to do, not something you enjoy and want to do – and this is a major problem.
Therefore, it is important to take things slowly, make realistic goals, and introduce changes into your life that are fun, enjoyable, sustainable, and don’t feel restricting. Most of the time, as soon as you begin to feel restricted you will either give up on your healthier lifestyle or you can go down a dangerous path of many different eating disorders.
Due to all of these potential problems, it is best to begin January and the new year with an open and flexible approach to a healthier you, mentally and physically. Make small changes can have a huge impact on your health. You want to keep is simple and stress-free and once you are in a good place you can begin to add in more things if you see fit and feel the need.
Here are 3 simple steps for getting healthier this new year that will not leave your feeling stressed out, restricted, or exhausted.
Many people overlook the powerful exercise of walking. While walking seems simple and like it cannot help you get healthy, that is most definitely not true. Walking helps burn calories, it gets you up and moving, it can tone up your legs and butt, and can give you loads of energy during the day. Simply talking a walk or two most days of the week can help jumpstart weight loss, reduce stress, and make you feel good!
Walking you dog, taking a hike or walk outdoors with a friend, and walking on the treadmill to your favorite book, podcast, or songs will help make the experience fun and interesting. If you really want to ramp up the number of calories you are burning while also building some leg and butt muscle, walk on the treadmill on various inclines. This will keep your muscles awake and energized and help you build muscle while burning calories.
Another great way to ramp up a walking workout is to try hiking on the weekends of days off. Hikes are fun because you get to be outdoors, enjoy stunning sights, and walking the different elevations gets your heartrate up so you are sweating and burning loads of calories.
Drink More Water
Most people don’t drink nearly enough water on a daily basis. So, to get healthier and feel better, drink all that water! Drinking water does not just keep you hydrated, drinking water provides you with energy, makes your brain function better, and keeps all of the systems in your body working as they should, and that includes your metabolism.
Drinking more water during the day can also help keep you full. While you do not want to drink water to fill your stomach if you are actually hungry and need to eat real food, sometimes if you feel hungry a lot, it is simply because you a dehydrated and need some more water. If you are feeling hungry a lot or are getting hungry at odd times for your body, try drinking a good amount of water first. If you still feel that pang of hunger come back, eat something. Nut if it goes away, it was probably just because your body wanted some hydration.
Focus on Eating Intuitively Rather Than Restricting Foods
When people want to get healthy and lose weight, they immediately think that need to cut out sugar, carbs, alcohol, and all of the yummy foods they love and bring them joy. But this is one of the worst things that you can do. As soon as you put labels on food as “good” and “bad” and begin to restrict all of the food you are eating, you are setting yourself up for failure. You will either begin to want the food even more and eventually cave and binge on all the food or you will develop an eating disorder or unhealthy relationship with food.
But in the end, food is just food. Some food is more nutritious and other food is less nutritious. There is a place for both of these options in your life and you want to eat them in balance. Sometimes you are going to crave a regular pizza for dinner and other times you are going to feel happy and satisfied eating grilled salmon with fresh garlic veggies. You need to listen to your body and cravings. Eat that cookie and move on with your life. One cookie is not going to ruin your healthy lifestyle and 1 salad is not going to make you healthy.