5 simple steps to get back on track – the Blogmas Edition
The holiday season is upon us, and with it come two things. First, people are more likely to promise themselves this is the time of change when they will start good habits and quit the bad ones. Second, though, and entirely opposite, it’s the time of joy, family, friends, good food, and watching television. So it can happen that you genuinely want to eat better and exercise, but you just end up staying in. Only this comes with a huge downside once the holidays are over: we find it hard to move and start doing the things we wanted to, or even the things we did before this slump. If this is something that happens to you every winter and you find it nearly impossible to get back on track before March, here are our suggestions on how to do it sooner!
1. Eat a Healthy Breakfast
If one of your resolutions is to eat healthier, but you just spent a fortnight munching on every delicacy there is, no questions asked, it will be difficult to just switch to a healthy diet cold turkey. But committing to only one compulsory healthy meal – breakfast – can help you get back on track. It allows a fresh start, literally. It can also help you make healthier decisions throughout the day. If you’re sticking to a consistent eating pattern, such as a healthy breakfast, you’re less likely to slip and end up binge eating. So opt for a high-protein breakfast such as eggs with ham, or oatmeal topped with fresh fruits to start your day right.
2. De-Convenience Your Life
Okay, honestly, this does not sound very exciting. And it’s not. But it is helping you get back on track, and that’s what we’re doing here, right? To move a bit more, but not in a way that feels like physical exercise (because that may prompt you just to skip the session!), avoid things designed to make our lives easier. We’re talking everything from remote controls to grocery delivery services and restrooms on every floor of the office building!
These are just opportunities to remain seated for longer, and we all know that sedentary life can seriously affect our health. Instead of succumbing to these, keep the remote control across the room from where you sit to watch TV. When going to the restroom, pretend the nearest one is out of order. Actually, go grocery shopping instead of doing it online. This will all lead to more steps throughout the day and more movement!
3. Be Outside
Being outside is something everybody should try to achieve throughout their week because it means several benefits for your overall health: you are more likely to move outside, fresh air is healthier than the stale one inside, and exposure to sunlight can boost your mood and even help fight anxiety and stress! If you’re not sure what you would do outside, start small – for example, take a quick walk around the block every day. Or brush the dust off your bicycle standing in the garage, and take up biking as an activity!
This is an excellent workout for lower body, as well as a stress reliever and mood booster, and it can also improve your cardiovascular health. If you’re feeling adventurous, consider taking longer routes during the weekend, for an excellent physical and mental exercise. If you’re doing it in difficult terrain, don’t forget to get quality mountain bike shoes. They will protect your feet and lessen the burden of heavy training. Whatever you decide on doing, just make sure to be outside as often as possible!
4. Stay Hydrated
This never gets old, yet so many people have difficulties staying hydrated properly. But this is so important because there are endless benefits to drinking enough water. It helps weight loss and keeping your appetite at bay, apart from making basically all of your organs working properly! Drinking when you feel thirsty is not enough, because it means that you’re already halfway to dehydration. If you cannot remember to drink water, download an app that will nudge you every now and then. They say there’s an app for everything – so let technology help you!
Some would say you’ve done your share of relaxing throughout the holidays and now is the time to work hard! But trying to back on track will be almost useless if you force yourself too much. You have to step back once in a while and admit to yourself that you’re doing just fine. (If you really are, that is!) Don’t stress over being healthy! Getting healthier and maintaining good habits is not a race. It’s a slow process that has fantastic goals, and you can only achieve them if you take one step at a time.
We hope we’ve given you an idea on how to slowly get back on track after slipping a bit. You know you can do it. Slow and steady wins the race! Good luck!
Contributed by Mianna Korben
Mianna is a passionate writer currently living and dreaming in Europe. She’s an unapologetic lover of premium makeup, fashion and champagne with a bit of a bag fetish.
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