There’s no better time to get healthy than the New Year, and 2021 is no different. In a 2018 poll, Insider found that almost half the respondents wanted to eat healthier in the New Year.
Getting and staying healthy is a popular resolution for a reason, but it’s also the hardest to maintain. If you’re aiming for that “new year, new me” lifestyle but are afraid you might slip up, then never fear. Here are a few quick and easy tips for ensuring that you maintain that drive for the rest of 2021.
One of the best and quickest ways to get healthy is to get moving. Exercise can boost your endorphins and keep your muscles working and your blood pumping.
It’s also, unfortunately, one of the hardest things to keep doing. Losing motivation to exercise is often the first sign of slipping on your New Year’s resolutions, so it’s important to pick a strategy that’s doable and fun.
Skip the expensive gym membership and go for something simple. CNET’s tips for doing just that include exercising at home, through bodyweight exercises, yoga, or even with the help of YouTube.
Exercise doesn’t have to be strenuous. In fact, as we wrote in ‘Three Types of Exercises Suitable for Patients in Recovery’, exercise is something that anyone can do. Start with light stretches or a bit of walking, and as your strength and stamina grow throughout the year, you can start working up to more difficult routines.
Another thing you can do to brighten up your new year is, of course, to eat healthier. Eating healthy benefits not just your body, but your mental and emotional health as well. However, it’s another one of those things that’s easier said than done.
Sure, you may spend the first couple of weeks of 2021 going on a juice cleanse, but that isn’t always sustainable. To make sure your resolutions last, you should break them down into doable goals, and eating healthy is no different.
Instead of assuming that you can put together a balanced meal for every meal, try starting with one salad or veggie dish a week and building up from there.
You can try adding healthier food and drink into your daily diet a little bit at a time. For example, we’ve previously written about ‘Kombucha Tea Benefits For Weight Loss And Skin Health + Side Effects’. Kombucha tea can be brewed at home over a period of several days using green or black tea, sugar, and kombucha mushroom.
Busy schedule? Brightcore’s superfood supplement blend can do all your nutritional heavy lifting for you. Eating better is different for everyone, so find a rhythm that fits your lifestyle and stick to it.
Finally, one of the best things you can do for your health this 2021 is to sleep better. Sleep isn’t just about getting enough rest, it’s also about allowing your body to recharge and renew itself. Plus, research has found that sleeping can actually boost your immune system, keeping you healthier and more prepared overall for whatever bugs or diseases will come your way.
People often overlook just how important it is to get the right amount of rest. If you feel you haven’t been investing enough into your rest, now is the time.
In our article ‘Waking Up Exhausted: What’s Behind Your Poor Sleep?’, we talk about how our sleeping patterns and quality are dependent on a variety of factors. Investing in a good mattress, for example, will not only get you the sleep you need, but also help prevent back pain and other ailments.
Allswell’s Luxe Hybrid Mattress is a hybrid mattress with both memory foam and coils for support, and is considered one of the best value mattresses available. If you don’t have the budget to revamp your bedroom, try flipping your mattress over— it’ll feel just as firm and comfortable as the day you first bought it.
Starting the year right is easy, but keeping it right can take a lot of work. No matter what adjustments you’ll be making to your lifestyle this year, make sure that you set reasonable goals and be forgiving but consistent. It’s fine if you slip up every once in a while, but staying healthy is always, always worth the effort.