The new year is the perfect time to reflect upon your wellbeing and habits throughout the year before determining what you can do to better yourself in the upcoming year. We see it year after year, your neighborhood gym gets packed for the first week or two of the new year before everybody gives up on their resolutions. So, what can you do this year to make sure you build up healthy habits that will last and result in your improved wellbeing?
One of the biggest mistakes in healthy new year’s resolutions is pushing yourself too hard right away. This can make it easy to get off track or lose interest quickly if a routine becomes too difficult to come up with and can be discouraging, leading to less workouts or a drop off altogether.
Setting realistic, achievable goals will have a greater impact on your overall wellbeing in the long run. As you improve on your health initiative, whether it be going to the gym more, drinking more water, or eating healthier, you can increase your goals to create healthy habits that will last.
Many people feel they don’t have enough time for fitness with their busy lives including their busy work schedules and families. Even with a full schedule, there is always opportunity to squeeze in some added exercise and keep active.
- If your company offers corporate wellness programs, participate in their events like corporate walks, bike events, or health fairs.
- Park your car further away wherever you go – this will help you get some extra walking in to and from your destination.
- Take the stairs whenever possible – this is a simple way to get in some exercise especially if you work on a higher floor in an office.
- Go for a walk after lunch – Use your lunch hour to sneak in some exercise. Simply walking around the building can help you get up and moving and keep you active.
Make an active effort to eat better this year and you could be surprised how much better it can make you feel!
- Don’t skip meals – Small meals throughout the day are better than a couple of big meals. Skipping breakfast or lunch can do more harm than benefit.
- Watch your portions – Don’t eat until you are overstuffed, instead eat until you are satisfied and have healthy snacks throughout the day like nuts or fruit.
- Watch what you drink – Aim to drink more water this year. Keep your consumption of sugary drinks like soda or coffee and alcohol to a minimum.
We wish you a happy and healthy New Year from everybody at WeAreWellness! If you are an employer looking to change it up in 2017 and make corporate wellness a top initiative, we would love to help. Contact us today to get started on a happier and healthier workforce this new year.