As the new year approaches, it is time to start thinking about how to become a better version of yourself. While there are so many options for resolutions, it is time to step outside the ordinary health and fitness New Year’s Resolutions in 2019. Instead of focusing on “getting healthy” and “exercising more,” set real goals that are well-defined and achievable. Plunkett Fitness is here to provide you with some great resolution ideas for 2019.
1. Walk at Least 1,000 Steps Each Day
Many people spend a large part of their days sitting. Unfortunately, a sedentary lifestyle can lead to a lot of different health problems. Even if you don’t have time to go for an hour-long walk each day, there are easy ways to walk a little more every day. Maybe you take your dog on a 20-minute walk or take the stairs instead of the elevator. Track your steps with a fitness tracker to hold yourself accountable.
2. Eat One Plant-Based Meal Per Day
Healthy eating doesn’t have to be as hard as many people think it is. While we aren’t necessarily advocating a complete diet change in the new year, one simple way to get more nutrients in your diet is to start eating more fruits and vegetables. One of the challenges that eating more fruits and vegetables poses is consuming too many calories, which is why eating one plant-based meal each day could help you get more nutrients without overeating.
3. Get at Least 7 Hours of Sleep Per Night
Sleep is so important, and many of us don’t get enough of it. Lack of sleep can lead to a decrease in productivity, weight gain, poor health, and low energy levels. Sleep helps relax both the body and mind, and it is a vital time for your body to recover from any exercise and strenuous activity from the day.
One way to promote better sleep is to try to go to bed at the same time every night and avoiding electronic devices while in bed. If you always have trouble sleeping, try to determine the cause. Maybe you need to change the temperature at night or get blackout curtains in your bedroom.
4. Switch Up Your Workout Routine
Do you lack motivation because you are bored? If so, start switching up your workout routine. Not only will you challenge yourself in new ways, but you could also start to see better results as you change things up a bit. You could also incorporate new fitness classes, new lifts, and new running routes to your routine just to keep things more interesting.
5. Cut Back on Booze
This is a resolution that could be a little different for everyone. Even if you don’t drink excessively, there may be room to cut out a little more alcohol from your life. Alcohol not only adds pounds to your waistline, but it is also associated with memory loss and depression, as well as more serious problems like liver and heart disease.
Limiting your alcohol intake can also save you big money if you go out a lot.
6. Spend More Time with Friends and Family
You might be wondering how this made a list of health and fitness resolutions, but the bonds you have with those you love contribute to your mental health. Social interactions are incredibly important, and investing time in relationships that matter to you will boost your mood and allow you to have a little more fun while you are at it.
7. Pack a Lunch Every Day
Do you find yourself going out to lunch every day that you don’t have something already at the office? Eating out frequently can lead to sneaky weight gain. Those inconspicuous calories add up a lot over time, especially when you are eating out almost daily. In 2019, start to pack your own lunch.
When you pack your own lunch, you have the chance to include healthier items, and you are less likely to overeat if you are portioning out your food correctly.
8. Eat a Healthy Breakfast
Many people eat something quick and easy for breakfast, or they skip the meal altogether. It is important to start the day with a healthy, balanced meal that will keep you full until lunch. There are numerous ways to get a nutritious breakfast every day without making you late to work. With meal prepping, you just need to grab-and-go for a healthy breakfast.
If you are looking for extra fitness help and some accountability, Plunkett Fitness is a great place to start! Our personal trainers are experts in both fitness and nutrition, so we can help you reach any health and fitness goals that you are setting for yourself in 2019. To get started, give us a call today at 913-390-3360.