Happy New Year! While 2016 has already begun, it’s definitely not too late to decide on your resolutions. I know it’s common to make weight-related goals each January, but I want to encourage you to think outside of the box this year! After all, you are more than a just a number on a scale.
If you’re looking to set a goal for 2016, why not try one of these?
- Try One New Workout Each Month
Often times, our resolutions fail because we get stuck in fitness ruts. Some people may pick up running in January, realize they hate it, and then continue to tough it out for the sake of reaching a goal. In my opinion, if something isn’t working for you, ditch it. Maybe you’d enjoy walking, spinning, or lifting weights. You never know unless you try. A great way to find a workout that you love is by ever so gently forcing yourself to try a new one every month. By the end of the year, you’ll have new experiences and a new outlook on fitness.
- Cook a New Healthy Meal Each Month
Eating healthier foods can also lead to ruts. You certainly don’t need to eat plain chicken and broccoli all year long. Try new lean meats, vegetables, and fruits as often as possible to keep your meals interesting. A great way to do this is by choosing one new vegetable to prepare each month. Some great additions to your meal rotation might be bok choy, kohlrabi, rutabagas, broccoli rabe, or beets. If you’re already a pro at eating your veggies, you could try them in more adventurous recipes each month. Either way, if you fill up your plate with a variety of the good stuff, you definitely won’t get bored.
- Achieve a Personal Record
While I don’t think numbers-based goals always work for weight, I do think they can motivate people when it comes to physical activities. If you enjoy running, set a goal to shave some time off of your favorite distance. If you love lifting weights, aim for a new best in squats or bench press. If you aren’t sure what you’ll be interested in this year, shoot for a goal to get moving for a certain number of days each week, or a certain number of minutes each day. Honestly, you can’t go wrong as long as it motivates you to get up and get active.
- Go to Bed Earlier
This is a goal I need to set for myself, so I assume there are others who may need to do the same. More often than not, we sabotage our own resolutions by not getting the rest we need to achieve them. You are so much more likely to accomplish your goals if you are well rested and ready to go each morning. Experts have found that while adults need varying amounts of sleep, 7 hours seems to be the minimum for functioning at your optimum levels. Try to work on getting to bed a little earlier each night and see how you feel. I’m sure we could all use a little more shut-eye.
- Drink Enough H20
Ensuring you are well hydrated is another critical step in accomplishing your 2016 goals. Drinking enough water has been proven to help with weight loss, muscle recovery, and skin clarity. Water also helps with fatigue, productivity, and overall health. What’s not to love? If you’re still stuck on soda, you should seriously consider switching to water. If you crave bubbles, there are a ton of great sparkling options. Whatever you do, make sure you make water your number one drink of choice.
How will you work on your health this year? Leave us a comment below!