Turn new year’s resolutions into the healthy habits of a new you

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Worried your new year’s resolution is in danger of falling through? With the new year in full swing, most people’s resolutions are probably about as successful as they were the year before. That’s both bad and good, depending on how and what you’re trying to change. Never fear, though! It’s not that some people are somehow “better” at improving themselves. In terms of getting fit and leading a healthy life, the answer is much more concrete.

Knowledge and planning are definitely keys to success when it comes to behavior change, but exactly how you go about implementing change in your life can be just as important. When it comes to health and fitness, making changes to your routines is the only way to build success that lasts. If you’re worried about the success of your current resolutions, now might be the time to refine them to build healthy habits.

Make your environment friendlier to your health

Environmental changes have a great influence on making internal ones. Small changes in your daily routine can have a big impact on how healthy you live. For example, tempted by that pizza place you walk by every day? It’s OK to take a different route, thereby avoiding the problem rather than forcing yourself to battle temptation just because you’re going to work.

You can take this approach to lots of aspects of your life. Problems with snacking at home? Keep the healthy snacks on the counter, plainly visible and ready to eat. Put anything unhealthy out of sight. A fruit bowl is a way of using our own preference for convenience to our advantage. If it takes more effort to be unhealthy, it’s easier to stick to your healthy resolutions.

Keeping these changes in mind, you can probably think of some ways of being healthy in your individual life right now, but here’s a few more.

  • Turn off the tech. Smartphones, tablets, laptops and HDTVs all emit a kind of blue light that can disrupt your sleep. Moving the TV out of the bedroom and keeping the laptop out of bed will help you rest easier and with better-quality sleep.
  • Add more steps to your day. Build a walk into your routine by parking a few blocks from your destination when possible or taking the stairs instead of the elevator/escalator. Even a little exercise, when done regularly, can have a big effect.
  • Make healthy plans with friends/family. When you schedule a jog, a game of tennis or bike ride with a buddy, it’s harder to back out of being healthy. Calling it off is one thing, but nobody likes ditching out on someone else. Plus, studies have shown that exercising with friends and in a group can be more effective and with longer-lasting results.

The positive and negative approaches

It’s difficult to learn everything you need to know in order to map out new fitness and nutrition routines. Olumia Life is designed to guide you through these steps quickly, so you can focus more on taking healthy action. In terms of health and fitness resolutions, however; it can be more productive to look at changing your behavior in a positive way. “I will do this,” instead of the negative, “I won’t do that.”

For example, saying “I’m going to stop drinking so much soda and eat less sugar in general,” has a denial built into it. While cutting back on sugar is a great idea, every time you think about your resolution, it’s in terms of what you can’t have or what you can’t do. Instead, a resolution along the lines of, “I’m going to drink more water, tea, coffee and milk and eat more vegetables for snacks” can achieve the same results (provided you keep sugar in your coffee and tea to a minimum) without the constant temptation and negativity.

Lost in spaaaaace

When you’re trying to cut back on unhealthy food or get off the couch more, you’re taking something routine out of your schedule. As part of your plan, you need to fill the vacuum that creates or you’re going to end up drifting aimlessly…and will be more likely to gravitate back to your old, unhealthy habits.

The Olumia Life app is a great way of getting the suggestions and substitutions you need to make your routines more healthy. Of course, there are some easy, basic ones that you can do right now. Rather than trying to completely change your life, you’re more likely to succeed by making numerous, small changes over time. Here’s just a few:

Nutrition

  • Cook at home as much as possible. This requires you to plan a meal, meaning you’re more likely to make it a healthy one. You can check Olumia Life for lots of meal suggestions and recipes. Think of every meal as 3 parts: protein, starch, and fruit/veggie. Ideally, the protein is twice the size of the starch. Follow this at breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Drink more water. Buy a durable, refillable bottle for water. You can even buy one with a built-in filter. Water can even help relieve snack cravings.
  • Snack on fruits,nuts, and vegetables. Instead of trying to completely ban snacks, you can try switching to stuff like baby carrots, bananas, apples, grapes and snap peas. Keep them with your water bottle when you’re out or at work, so they’re always handy.

Fitness

  • Take a walk every day. Don’t let a little rain stop you from getting out in the fresh air! A walk after lunch, dinner or whenever is a great way to stay active, relieve stress and improve your mood.
  • Keep your gym bag ready and at your front door. This helps you steer clear of easy excuses for skipping a workout. If you exercise at home, the same applies, just keep your weights ready, don’t pile stuff up on your exercise equipment, etc.
  • Keep your goals in sight by monitoring your progress. This means more than checking the scale from time to time. Tracking your weight is important, but being more mindful of your current status and what you did to get there will keep you engaged and motivated beyond a couple weeks.
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