Let’s be honest here, January is not always the most ideal month to go all in when it comes to healthy lifestyle changes. It can often feel like you are a little down in the dumps after what has probably been a fantastic festive period. It can be hard to avoid a glass of wine, the chocolate, or even venturing outside your front down because of the cold weather. But, February is a great month to kick start the new year and all of the healthy habits you want to make. So here are some suggestions to help you get your new year goals back on track.
Make a plan
Having a plan can really help you to stay accountable for the things that you want to achieve throughout the year. So take some time to write out what your goals are. It could be that you want to lose a certain amount of weight, you want to be able to complete a challenge that involves physical activity, or generally have more energy in your day to day life. Making a plan can help you to achieve it, so knowing what and how you are going to do things is a great place to start.
Set smaller goals to stay motivated
It is all well and good having these big goals, but they may seem a little out of reach right now. So once you know what it is you want to achieve, set yourself smaller targets along the way. This can help you to stay accountable and on track when it comes to achieving great the main goal.
Think about changes you can make to help
Having your goals is one thing, but how can you make it happen? This is when you may want to look at the changes you want to make. It might be diet focused. Where you want to try specific diet options such as a Keto diet, or cutting out things such as going vegan or vegetarian. It might be that you think meal planning or batch cooking will help, or knowing the type of exercise you want to take to help you make your goals a reality. Even things like drinking more water or giving up vices like alcohol could make a positive difference to help you reach your end goal.
Incorporate it into your lifestyle
Finally, it is now the time to start thinking about your overall lifestyle, and if you are wanting to ensure that you achieve these goals, then they need to become part of your life. Having your plan will help you decide on exactly what it is you need to be doing, so now you need to make the time for it in your life. This could be joining a gym so that you feel accountable for exercise, it could be making it part of your routine, such as before or after working or during a lunch hour if the time permits. If it is more food based, then making sure you don’t give yourself temptation by taking lunch or snacks with you wherever you go. Having a water bottle with you so that you can stay hydrated. There are plenty of ways that you can inspiration your new goals into your lifestyle to help you stay on track.
Let’s hope these tips help you put your new year goals to work at last.
Disclosure – this is a collaborative post.