It is that time year again when people start thinking about trying to be healthy and try to kick the bad of habits of last year (or previous years). A lot of the resolutions that people make can be miserable and very hard to sustain. For example, committing to running daily when you are not a runner.
Developing healthy habits does not have to make you are most miserable person on the planet. We have compiled some healthy habits that you can adopt and can also be fun and enjoyable.
Doing activities that you find enjoyable; you are more likely to stick with doing them long term. The biggest issue when people try to change their habits is to make a lot of hard changes all at once. Resulting in you being miserable and quickly reverting back to your old habits, making you more miserable as you feel like a failure.
Who wants to be miserable? Making small easy steps each day can lead to big changes in your health and lifestyle. Making these simple steps daily will help you maintain the changes and reach your goals.
Here are some easy and fun changes you can implement straightaway and you can easily stick with them.
Don’t be tempted to try and implement them all, pick one or two to start, and once they have being part of your normal routine add another healthy habit.
When starting out with exercise people jump straight into intense activities and can be put off by the intensity. Starting with something a bit slower and lower impact will increase your enjoyment and you will be more likely to stick with it.
Walking is a great form of exercise. The thing I like best it’s FREE, no gym membership required. It’s low impact and can be done anytime and pretty much anywhere. There are some great health benefits to walking.
A regular walking can:
- Reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke
- Strengthen your muscles and increase endurance
- Help to reduce body fat
- Boost your energy levels
- Ease joint pain
- Improve your mood
- And more
Well, what are you waiting for? Get out there and get walking.
Take up Meditation
I know some people will look at meditation with some degree of scepticism or label it as new age hippy nonsense. It is a healthy habit and people not only find it enjoyable but greatly beneficial to their mental health.
What actually is meditation? It is simply a practice you can use to calm your mind.
Having the power to turn down the chaos in your mind is a great skill to develop and will help you deal with everyday issues calmer and more thoughtfully.
When you act more thoughtfully you can choose how you deal with a situation rather than just reacting to it.
For me this calmness helps to keep the fear away when I am rock climbing. Keeping a steady head has helped me out of many a tricky situation with a high fall potential.
Meditation also offers some other fantastic health benefits.
- Lower blood pressure
- Helps to boost your immune system
- Improves your sleep
- Helps to decrease anxiety and depression
- Improve your concentration and memory
- Reduce stress levels
- And more
Drink more (water not alcohol)
Keeping hydrated is one of the best things you can do for your body and it’s pretty easy to achieve. Although not the most exciting thing to achieve. Staying hydrated can also help curb overeating, that hungry feeling can be just your body telling that you are thirsty