Each year, many Americans resolve to live a healthier lifestyle. But as the month of January progresses, many of these Americans are tempted by the endless row of fast food chains and the ease of a sedentary lifestyle. It’s completely understandable. But, it doesn’t have to be you.
We want our patients to understand the value of living healthy. From eating right to staying active, living healthy has the potential to add many years to your life. Here are some tips to keeping your resolve this year.
It’s much easier to lose sight of your goals when you haven’t invested time or energy in them. Choose a day of the week to dedicate some time to planning and preparing for your meals for the week. Invest in portion control plastic ware to keep you accountable to how much you eat.
Meal planning is an incredible and free resource for you to keep your resolve. When you plan out your weekly meals, you’ll be apt to opt out of last minute snacks and stops for food.
Stick to your plan.
It’s easy to sit down and make a weekly meal plan. It’s not as easy to stay committed to this chart. A great tip is to meal prep. After you plan out your meals, go to the grocery store and get everything you’ll need for the week. Go home and cook your meals. Weekends are the best days so that you can really dedicate some time to getting all of this done and ready for the work week.
If you know you’ll want to eat out at least once a week, make that part of your plan. You can account for different scenarios, but it’s so helpful to make a plan and stick to it. It not only helps you eat better, but it makes you feel accomplished. The confidence you’ll gain from this routine is incredible.
Add in physical activity.
You’re eating right, so you can skip the gym, right? Wrong. While your physical activity doesn’t have to come in the form of a gym, it is important to add in exercise. Whether that’s walking around your office building after lunch or spending time with the kids after school, it’s important to get your blood pumping and your body moving.
A sedentary lifestyle is an unhealthy lifestyle. You can eat great and see benefits from that alone, but when you add in physical activity, you’ll see even better results. Find fun activities for the whole family. Or set out a block of time just for you. Go running, walking, cycling, rowing, rock climbing, take a yoga class, dance class, or any other activity that helps you stay active.
When you invest in the planning and prepping, you’re more likely to stay on track. Resolve to make this year a healthy and happy one.