It’s a new year. It’s a new you. What are you going to do with it? Here’s to a new year and 5 ways to jumpstart your health.
A new year means new goals, right? Look back on your past year to see what needs to be worked on. If you had to review your overall health, how would you rank it? Good, inadequate or non-existent? It’s hard to assess the past, but by doing so will help you plan for your future! Whatever your answer, don’t worry. It’s a new year, right? The possibilities and options are endless in ways to improve ourselves. Each day is a new day that we have complete control over. We make our own decisions and choices every day; we can start over and get back on track on a daily basis as well. Every day is 100% a new day, with a new beginning and a new end. If that isn’t a motivation in itself, I don’t know what is!
5 Ways to Jumpstart Your Health
If your focus this year is on getting healthy, then congrats! What a positive way to take charge of yourself and your life to ensure that you live your best year yet! Sometimes, finding that way to make the first step in the direction of your goal is the hardest…so, here are 5 ways to jumpstart your health for this year!
Understand your limits
Trust me, I relate to this. I WANT to be able to get out each morning and run at least 2 miles. BUT, my reality makes this unrealistic. Does that make me a failure in reaching my health goal? No, it helps me because it makes me set a realistic approach to my healthy lifestyle. In my mind, since I know there is no way I can commit to running 2 miles, I can process and scale it back to be able to WALK around the block several times instead.
Clear out those cabinets
Yep, get rid of the junk. Donate it, give the items to friends or family members. Get rid of food items in your home that will be counter-productive to your healthy lifestyle. While you may have the willpower not to indulge and eat those items, why even tempt yourself? Make it easy on yourself from the beginning and give it the boot!
Give yourself a reward
If you are like me, you love a reward or recognition for hitting a goal. Do you want new furniture? TV? Vacation? Set that goal and plan out what you need to achieve to get there.
Celebrate every win
Yes, every mini-win matters. Did you say no to that extra piece of chocolate? Celebrate. Did you stop stressing over something to improve your mental health? Give yourself a high-five. Did you run an additional 5 minutes on the treadmill? Shout it from the rooftops. If it were easy to be healthy, we wouldn’t live in a world full of people with weight issues or be around people who are unable to find ways to de-stress.
Pick a partner
Do you have a friend or family member who is wanting to get a jump-start on their health for the year as well? Awesome. Be each other’s accountability partners! You don’t have to work out together or anything like that but just be a voice that helps each other stay on track. Don’t feel motivated to stay on track for the day? Pick up the phone and call your partner. Let them help you find that motivation.
The New Year is full of ways to start off on the healthy train. Whether it be physical health, mental health, emotional help or help to maintain or losing weight, these five tips can help you jump-start your journey to accomplishing all of those goals. Just keep in mind, that as with any adventure, there may be times that are much tougher than others. Your day-to-day life may throw a few curve-balls along the way, and that’s okay. Be prepared to step back from the “plate,” and refocus. In life, you don’t lose – you learn. Make 2018 your best year yet by getting a jump-start on your health!
JOYOUS DETOX, a book I bought at a wellness convention last year delivers a great plan of action and is also a cookbook to help with eating healthy. Plus, I met the author, and she’s incredibly nice and smart. For more books on health and wellness, (affiliate link) you’ll want to find the ones that speak to you.
I hope you enjoyed these 5 ways to jumpstart your health. Is there anything here that you will do first?
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