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Are you ready to spring clean your lifestyle? A little wellness-oriented decluttering can go a long way towards improving your health. Check out these simple, healthy habits that can help you meet your goals.
Starting small doesn’t mean that big changes aren’t in store for you in 2021. Instead, easing into changes means you’re more likely to keep up your positive momentum and follow through with your resolutions. When you set lofty goals for yourself — run a marathon next week or lose 200 pounds by summer! — the distance between where you are and where you want to be can seem astronomical. Starting with doable goals will make it more likely that your habits will be ones that really stick.
As Mondaq points out, it’s important to stick to goals that are measurable. So, instead of saying, “I’m going to become fit,” say, “Today I will walk briskly for 20 minutes.” By aiming for bite-sized, attainable, measurable goals and ticking them off your list as you go, you stay motivated.
The best-laid resolutions are so quickly undone when entering a grocery store. From fresh cookies and cakes in the bakery to ice cream in the freezer to pre-packaged meals in between, there are tons of opportunities for your healthy intentions to be derailed.
An easy way to avoid such temptations is to shop somewhere else: local health food stores typically carry a variety of fresh produce, as well as healthier alternatives to traditional staples. Even if you need a sweet pick-me-up after a long day, the goodies you buy from your health food store will leave you feeling less guilty.
Sneak in that exercise.
Working in more exercise throughout your day can be fun and can be done at home, though, like having dance parties with your kids or following an online class like yoga, pilates, or Zumba.
As the weather gets nicer, consider moving outdoors. Between free parks, walking trails, and even just neighborhood sidewalks, there is nothing to stop you from stretching your legs and enjoying some fresh air.
While it’s wonderful to be in nature and on the go, tracking your goals whilst out and about can be tricky. There are plenty of fitness apps that can help you, like Fiit or Freeletics. Your mobile phone or smartwatch can track your progress, although there are drawbacks to both options. Many people don’t like using multiple devices. If you’re comfortable with a second device, you can accessorize your fitness watch with a stylish band and protective case. If you prefer a single device, you can keep your phone with you during workouts by using an armband. With the combination that makes you comfortable, you’ll be able to see your progress, and you’ll be more fit in no time.
No matter what your health goals are, you can make your dreams a reality. Make goals practical and measurable, aim for solid nutrition, and develop a support network. A healthier life can be yours with the right habits.