Putting New Habits into Motion
January is a time to reset the unhealthy habits acquired during the holiday season and is a time to forgive yourself for any setbacks experienced during these treat-filled times. In these times of change, remember the famous saying of Alexander Pope, “to err is human; to forgive, divine.”
- Establish an exercise routine
Aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise a day. Daily movement will help shed any of the holiday weight gain, and will ensure you are developing healthy habits to keep up for the entire year.
- Clean up your diet
If you are easily tempted by holiday treats, clear them out of your house. Throw out any food that will not provide healthy nourishment.
- Be forgiving of yourself
Having one unhealthy meal in a day is no reason to give up on your health for the day. Instead, vow to eat more veggies than normal the next day and make sure to drink plenty of water.
- Stay hydrated
Often we mistake our thirst for hunger. Buy a colorful reusable water bottle to remind yourself to drink more water. Drink a glass as soon as you wake up, one before every meal and one before you go to sleep at night. See how much more energy you have when you are hydrated and notice how you skin glows when you drink more water.
The whole year is ahead of you. This leaves ample time to make small changes to equate to a long-term lifestyle change. Rome was not built in a day; neither will all unhealthy habits diminish overnight. This year, write down one goal per month you wish to work on and build on these goals every month. By the end of the year you will have 12 new healthy habits that will seem second nature.
We encourage you to be open-minded to change and to be patient with your hard work. We promise it will be worth your while.