A new year is full of possibilities. The opportunity to create new relationships as we strengthen the ones that we already have. The chance to be more successful than in the previous decade. And the challenge to become the best version of ourselves, no matter what form that may be.
While 2021 brings plenty of goals and hopes, it’s important that your health is not put aside, especially in Covid-19 times. Here are some ways to help guarantee that you’re making your health a priority next year.
Start a New Hobby
One of the best ways to start making your health a priority this year is to start a new hobby that’s related to health and fitness. Hobbies are great for focusing your attention on one specific activity, and they also give you something to be excited about and look forward to.
Try to pick a hobby that encourages an active lifestyle. For example, running is a great way to keep your body moving and can help relieve some of the stress brought on from day-to-day life. You can do quick research on how to get started so that you’re not overstraining yourself. You could also look for more structured activities, like dance lessons at a local studio or join your company’s softball team.
No matter what you choose, just make sure that it’s something you enjoy doing so that it naturally becomes a priority to you.
Write Down Your Health Goals
Now that you’ve decided you want to focus your attention on being healthy this year, it’s time to write it down. Research has shown that writing down your goals significantly increases your chances of completing them. Through writing them down on paper, your mind begins to actualize your thoughts. It also gives you the building blocks of creating a strategic plan to help you reach your goals. You can write it in a notebook that you dedicate to tracking the journey, or on a napkin that you hang on your fridge for inspiration.
Either way, putting pen to paper and writing down that you intend to focus on your health will help you give you the encouragement to do so.
Once you’ve found a hobby and written down your goals, you’ll want to create a schedule and stick to it. Humans are creatures of habit. A set daily or weekly routine simplifies the tasks that we have to do, which makes it easier for our brain to conceptualize what it is we need to do. Applying this to your health goals helps to make them less of a chore, and more of your natural part of living your life.
Although consistency is important, you should also remember that it’s okay to mess up every once in a while. Instead of beating yourself up, put that energy towards getting back on track and proving to yourself that you can complete your goal.
Join a Community
It’s imperative that you have people around you whose wants and goals are similar to yours. Not only will these people help to keep you accountable to living the life that you want to be living, but they also provide a source of encouragement to keep you excited.
If your goal is to eat healthy this year, then it’s beneficial for you to have friends that won’t tempt you with foods and drinks that you’re trying to avoid. It’ll also help if you have people you can turn to that can offer advice on how to create healthy meals that are both delicious and nutritious.
In this case, it would be beneficial to join an interactive weight loss program that can offer you support on your healthy eating journey. Once you’re surrounded by people who share the same mindset as you, thinking about your health will become second nature.
When you notice that you’ve been doing a good job at sticking to your health goals, take the time to reward yourself for your efforts. This doesn’t mean eating an entire cake for dessert because you had a salad for lunch. Rather, find ways to celebrate that don’t derail you too far from the progress you’ve made. Rewarding yourself along the way keeps you motivated to keep going, and it adds a little excitement on your health journey.