The New Year is a time of renewal, a time to set new goals and make positive changes. One of the most common resolutions people make is to improve their health and wellness. Here are some tips to help you with amping up your wellness game in the New Year.
Set Realistic Goals
Start by setting achievable goals. Whether it’s losing weight, eating healthier, or exercising more, make sure your goals are realistic and attainable. Remember, it’s not about perfection, but progress.
Create a Routine
Consistency is key when it comes to wellness. Create a daily routine that includes healthy eating, regular physical activity, and adequate sleep. Stick to your routine as much as possible but be flexible and allow for adjustments as needed.
I like to split my exercise routines up into two parts. Aerobics in the morning before work and alternating Yoga or floor workdays in the evening at 5:30. However, when I pressed for time in the morning, I’ll stop work early and do my aerobics at 5:00.
Eat a Plant Based Diet
Nutrition plays a crucial role in wellness. Aim to eat a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, plant-based proteins, and sprouted whole grains. Avoid processed foods and sugary drinks as much as possible.
Physical activity is essential for overall health. Find an activity you enjoy and make it a part of your routine. It could be anything from walking, running, yoga, or even dancing. The important thing is to stay active and keep moving. In addition to my workouts above I also add a 30-minute walk into my day with my cocket spaniel Riley. And David and I play tennis every Saturday.
Wellness isn’t just about physical health, but mental health as well. Practice mindfulness through meditation, deep breathing exercises, or yoga. These practices can help reduce stress and improve mental clarity. I myself don’t meditate but I do pray.
I acknowledge a higher power than me and with the losses I’ve experienced in my life, prayer was a go to, as was plenty of downtime with books and quiet time in nature.
Water is essential for our bodies to function properly. Make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day to stay hydrated. An optimal amount of water is half your body weight in ounces. So a 150 lb. person needs 75 ounces of water.
Get Regular Check-ups
Regular check-ups are important to monitor your health and detect any potential issues early. Make sure to schedule regular visits with your healthcare provider. And be an advocate for your own health. This is crucial to longevity. Make your doctor part of Team You.
Rest and Relax
Rest and relaxation are just as important as diet and exercise. Make sure to get 8 to 9 hours of sleep and take time to relax and unwind. Remember, wellness is a journey, not a destination. It’s about making small, sustainable changes that add up over time.
5 Pillars to Optimal Wellness
Grab the 5 Pillars to Optimal Wellness now and be ready when the New Year rolls around!
For more on wellness design and easy home makeovers, check out my post “Give Your Home a Wellness Makeover in One Weekend” plus, the link to my interview with award winning anchor Deirdre Fitzpatrick!