Every 365 days, you make it a habit to promise to do something about your life, change for the better, live healthier, and all that jazz. And then, before February even starts, you fall off the wagon, waiting for another year to pass before you promise yourself you can change again.
The problem is that your goals and expectations are just too big. Thus, when you fall short just a little, you get so hard on yourself and just give up altogether. You should make all the changes you want more accessible. Make them things you can easily merge into your daily routine.
We’re not fitness gods here at SPIN.ph, but we have assembled a list of guidelines that will help you lead a happier and healthier life this 2019.
1. Drink more water
This is a non-negotiable. Obviously, we all know that proper hydration does wonders for your body like clearing away toxins and keeping joints flexible.
When you’re dehydrated, your energy levels go down, and exercise is suddenly a million times harder. Plus, your sweat and heart rate are negatively impacted.
Do your absolute best to incorporate it into your daily routine, and we promise that this liquid investment will pay off substantially.
2. Ditch your scale
If you’re measuring success by what the digital readout says, you’re doing it wrong.
Fact is, on a day-to-day basis, your weight will fluctuate due to changes in your body like fluid levels, hormones, and a bunch of other things. So, instead of focusing on a certain number as your goal, focus on the bigger picture! Realize that your body will not always look the same every time you look in the mirror. What’s important is that you feel healthy every day.
3. No more takeouts
Aside from the scale, you should also control yourself from ordering takeouts. We know, it’s a lot to ask for because we usually have no time to cook after work or when someone we didn't expect is coming over for dinner. But when it’s just you, we suggest you set reasonable guidelines for your at-home consumption.
When you prepare meals yourself, you can make more intentional choices on what you’re eating. But, if in your own kitchen, your plate still includes a double portion of fries and zero amount of veggies, you have no one to blame but yourself.
4. Trade your junk
We’ve talked about our late-night habit of stuffing our faces with whatever we feel like. But, before you open another bag, just try and read the nutrition table and get a better idea of what exactly you’re putting in your body. We know, you eat these heavily-processed foods because they’re convenient, but they contain absurd amounts of sugar, fat, and sodium.
Luckily, you don’t need to completely wipe out this habit, at least for now. You can just swap one or two of your processed items for a healthier option. For example, you can switch from your conventional chocolate bar to chocolate bars that have fewer fats or sugars.
5. Don’t eliminate everything completely
Imagine someone telling you, “You can’t eat Jollibee anymore.” Now, everytime you pass by a Jollibee, you’d stop and think about all the good fattening food you’re missing. Your craving will only grow larger, and, before you know it, you’re masticating on some Chickenjoy. This same thing happens with your diet.
The more you try not to eat, let’s say, ice cream or chocolate, the more likely you are to overeat it once you get access to it primarily because you don’t know when you’ll be able to eat it again. Relying too heavily on strict rules of getting rid of food items complete for your diet will only do you so much worse in the long run. So, just make sure your diet is balanced and includes the occasional indulgence.
6. Add veggies
Focus more on concrete and manageable metrics like adding one more serving of leafy greens during your lunch and dinner. This additional serving will provide an infusion of fiber, antioxidants, and phytonutrients to your diet, along with an animal protein.