Happy New Year!
I know the new year seems to bring many resolutions: people start a new diet or maybe a new fitness plan. It seems so promising, and it can be if you lean into it the right way!
I love this time of year; I love seeing people's excitement about the possibilities of what their new commitment means! The only problem is many people dive into resolutions that are way too extreme: "I'm never eating carbs again" or "I will workout for an hour every day, no matter what!" I think the best thing to do is just something healthier. It doesn't have to be an all or nothing commitment-those usually don't work because we become overwhelmed with the changes, and the failure rate is 90%. When we change one simple thing, the success rate is over 80%. It's so much better to have a goal of doing one thing a day to be healthier. Some great ideas would be taking the stairs, adding lemon to your water, writing in your journal, or adding in a vegetable or fruit at every meal. Pick something that gives you a leg up on yesterday!
Achieving a healthy lifestyle is all about balance; it's not the all or nothing attitude! We tend to forget part of being a healthy, fit person is being mentally healthy, too. Constant negative self-talk and deprivation is going to beat a person down, take those healthy additions, and turn them into something negative. So, with your additional healthy add-in, give your self some slack if it's not a "perfect" day.
So this New Year, I challenge you to do something healthier, something that makes you feel good and will also do your whole body some good!