It’s that time of the year. Your Instagram feed is bombarded with quotes about fitness goals and images of protein shakes. Your office is buzzing with talks of new yoga memberships and fitness magazine subscriptions. All your girl friends are suddenly on board with Kayla Itsine’s “BBG” workout plan. There’s something about a fresh new year and that initial thought of Spring that gets everyone excited about working out again. Here are some of our top health resolutions for 2017:
Drink more water
Just about one of the easiest things you can do! Keep a reusable water bottle in your bag wherever you go and you won’t have any trouble reaching those 8 cups per day. Add a slice of lemon, cucumber, and a few sprigs of mint to liven up your glass. Get to chuggin’!
Take the stairs
It’s great to be bold and resolve to go to the gym 5 times a week and take up barre, but it’s just as fabulous (and maybe more realistic) to set smaller everyday goals. Take the stairs, walk to work, dance in the kitchen. Start living a life that’s consistently active and you may never need to step foot on the treadmill!
Get a good sleep
7-9 hours. We all know how much sleep we’re suppose to get. So why don’t we all achieve it? There are a few quick tricks to get your body ready for rest mode: turn off your phone, turn off your wifi, and read a chapter of your book. Then drift into a blissful, 9-hour sleep.
Say nice things
Say nice things to others, but that goes double for yourself! Mental wellness is an integral part of overall health. There’s no better motivation to work on your fitness than positive affirmation. It’s a long journey to self-love, but an easy way to begin is to simply look in the mirror and say “I am luminous, I am healthy, and I love my body.”
Eat your greens
As they say, abs are made in the kitchen! Get your antioxidant boost and fibre intake by injecting more greens into your diet. Sneak in some spinach into a smoothie, add kale to your stir-fry, and snack on snap peas or celery. Yum!
When all else fails, smile. The simple act of smiling is proven to decrease stress and improve heart health. Even when you’re feeling down, if you can force a smile on your face, you’ll be well on your way to a happier day.