Happy New Year! With much of the holiday celebration complete, I know many of you are ready to eat healthier and get stronger. You might even be planning your New Year’s resolutions. While preparing, keep these health tips in mind:
1. Sleep 7-8 hours per night. Sleep is important for stress reduction, healing, and metabolic function.
2. Drink half your weight in water and/or clear fluids. Nothing in your body works best without it! (Soup broth counts, but coffee doesn’t.)
3. Eat 4-5 meals daily. Eating every 3-4 hours will keep you from getting overly hungry. And we all know what happens when we are famished: we overeat and consume fast low-nutrient food items.
4. Substitute sweets with high fiber foods (beans, whole grains, and vegetables). Sugary foods are high calorie and are low in nutrients that rev your metabolism. Sugary foods also cause you to crave more.
5. Exercise 4-5x per week. Or, if that’s overwhelming, add two 15 min workouts to your current routine.
6. Plan your meals and buy groceries 1 week in advance. When you have a plan and know that you have what you need at home, you are less tempted to grab a pizza on the way home from work.
7. Pick an accountability partner. It’s so much easier to stay on track when you have a friend who is supporting you along the way! Tell a friend or family member and ask them if they would like to do it with you. Don’t know of anyone? Call me! I’ll encourage you along the way and provide you with workout buddies at my studio!
Lastly, don’t worry about the latest fads and stats you found on Facebook. I know fitness and health. If you do these 7 items, you will succeed! If your track record says you start and stop, please consider hiring me or one of my other qualified trainers! In our positive, non-intimidating way, we will make sure you have fun and that you don’t quit!
Happy New Year! I know you can do this!