Each year people commit themselves to new goals and New Year’s resolutions. In 2017, NATF wants to help you stick to your resolution to live a healthier life.
The key to making resolutions stick? Make lifestyle changes instead of far off goals. How many times have you set specific time-sensitive goals, such as “I want to lose ten pounds by February?” Goals like that can become daunting and are easily abandoned. Instead, focus on a lifestyle change.
Try these 3 lifestyle changes to set yourself on a path to success:
You don’t need to run miles or spend hours in the gym to be healthy. Start with a smaller, easier goal to set yourself up for success. Small changes add up and more is not always better. According to Dr. Aaron Baggish, associate director of the Cardiovascular Performance Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital Heart Center, the recommended 150 minutes a week of heartbeat-raising exercise is the “optimum dose” that people need. That can be broken down to just 30 minutes a day, five days a week.
Here are some easy ways to incorporate more movement into your everyday life:
Did you know that water makes up about 60 percent of the human body?
Water is extremely important for the body and comes with a wide variety of benefits. It helps your digestive track run smoothly, keeps your kidneys working in top shape, prevents headaches, and more.
So, are you getting enough water? The well-known saying states that people need 8 glasses of water a day, but that might not be true.
According to a study published in the Proceeds of the National Academy of Sciences, the key to drinking enough water is simply to listen to your body. Researchers found that when your body is sufficiently hydrated, it actually becomes more difficult to swallow liquid. This automatic response by the body helps prevent over-drinking and regulates fluid levels.
If your New Year’s goal is to stay hydrated, do it the right way. Don’t focus on getting in your 8 glasses. Instead, learn to listen to what your body is telling you.
A common New Year’s resolution is to eat healthier. While that’s a great goal, making more specific life changes can help you stick to your guns. One step is to change how you shop at your local grocery store.
Here are a few tips to get you started:
All of us here at NATF would like to wish the best with your New Year’s resolutions. We hope you have a happy, healthy 2017!