January is traditionally a month when we make resolutions and vow to overhaul our lifestyles in a bid to be healthier and happier. While many goals are unrealistic, there are several manageable changes you can make to improve your health and wellbeing. If you’re looking for inspiration, here are some healthy habits to adopt in 2020.
Upping your activity levels
We’ve all been there. You’ve signed up to the gym, invested in some trendy workout clothes and pledged to attend every spin class going for the foreseeable future. Getting fit is one of the most popular resolutions, but all too often, the novelty of training wears thin after a few weeks. Instead of trying to make drastic changes to your lifestyle, start increasing activity levels gradually and set achievable targets. You don’t have to become a gym member or go to classes every day to get in shape. Walk more, make time for exercise a few days per week and try and get used to being more active in your free time. If you’re not comfortable with the idea of going to a swimming pool or a gym, working out at home is a great idea. You could also join forces with friends if the idea of going to a class alone is putting you off.
Smoking and drinking
Most of us know that smoking and drinking too much are bad for our health, but it’s not always easy to cut down. The recommended weekly intake of alcohol is 14 units, which equates to 14 single measures of spirits or four large glasses of wine. Many of us drink more than we think. If you go for a drink after work on a regular basis, or you’re used to having a couple of glasses of wine with dinner, for example, your units can soon add up. If you are keen to cut down, it’s a good idea to keep a diary or use an app to track how many units you consume. You can reduce the number by changing social plans to avoid bars and pubs, by alternating alcoholic drinks with soft drinks or water and by keeping weekdays alcohol-free. If you’re a smoker, and you’re considering quitting, there is help available and there are treatments you can try. Some people also find switching to vaping beneficial and you can buy kits and E liquid online or in specialist vaping stores. If you smoke socially, or you’ve got into the habit of having a cigarette on your breaks at work, try and vary your routine and avoid places where you can smoke.
Enjoying a balanced diet
January is a time for dieting, but all too often, we get carried away with cutting out food groups and trying to lose weight. While adjusting your diet can be beneficial for dropping pounds, it’s crucial to make sure that your diet is nutritious and balanced. The best way to lose weight and keep it off is to follow a healthy eating plan and exercise frequently.
Taking care of your mental wellbeing
For many of us, health is about our bodies, but our minds are equally important. This year, make it your mission to look after yourself and try and protect and boost your wellbeing. Spend more time doing things that make you happy, try and manage stress, exercise, socialise with people that make you feel content and confident, get out in the open air and don’t be afraid to talk.
Improving your health is a fantastic target, and with these simple steps, you can make resolutions that are beneficial in both the short and long-term.