5 Ways to Tackle the “Get Healthy” New Year’s Goal
We’re starting off the New Year with another guest blogger, Tiana Zielinski, who shares some easy-to-achieve get-healthy goals that you can work into your daily routine:
It seems like every year, the most common New Year’s goal I hear about is to get healthy. Setting goals are great, but if they are too generalized it can be hard to maintain over time. Here are my five ways to turn your “get healthy” New Year’s goal into a real lifestyle:
1. Eat breakfast!
Even if think you’re not hungry or if you’re not a breakfast person or if you “don’t have time”, eating breakfast is a must. There are plenty of quick and satisfying recipes out there to try. My rule of thumb is to consume a protein and a carb in the a.m. Proteins help keep you full, and carbs help keep you energized and ready to take on the day.
Some breakfast ideas: protein bar and banana, oatmeal and peanut butter, Greek yogurt and granola, eggs and toast
2. Drink more water
Most Americans don’t drink enough water. Some tips I use day-to-day include drinking a full glass of water before every meal, and sipping on another glass of water during the meal. I also keep a water bottle with me everywhere I go.
3. Get active
Easier said than done, I know. But it’s so important to get at least 30 minutes of some kind of physical activity in a day. Even if you’re not a gym-goer or athlete, there are plenty of ways to sneak in some exercise. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Take the dog for a walk after work. Try out a home workout video. Go for a walk on your lunch break (for really cold days, try walking around a mall). Join a yoga class with a friend. Even cleaning around the house can be a way to burn calories.
4. Eat more small meals
Rather than devouring a large meal in one sitting, try eating four to six small meals throughout the day. This will help you feel full longer, and it will also boost your metabolism. Similar to breakfast, I typically shoot for including a protein and carb for lunch and dinner, and in between those meals munching on some healthy snacks. Just be sure to keep your portions in check.
Some snack ideas: apple slices with peanut butter, handful of nuts, yogurt, carrots with hummus, tuna and crackers, protein shake
5. Get enough zzzzzz’s
Some people can get by with less sleep than others, but I always try to shoot for at least seven to eight hours of sleep every night. Try to be in bed at the same time every night to make it a habit. I’d also recommend keeping the phone on the opposite side of the room. Instead of staring at a screen right before you go to bed, try listening to music or reading a book. You’ll end up feeling much more refreshed and energized in the long run.
What healthy changes have you made to start the New Year? Share with us in the comments!
Tiana Zielinski, Clothes Mentor Social Media Specialist, fitness enthusiast and guest blogger
Photography by Maria Castellon
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