Making new year’s resolutions can feel overwhelming! But if you’re going to make some commitments to yourself to live a healthier life, here are the top five to focus on.
1. Regular Exercise
The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends a minimum of 150 minutes per week of moderate to vigorous exercise with an ideal of 300 minutes. Ideally you want a mix of strength / weight training as well as cardio exercise and a mix of low and high-intensity workouts.
What does this look like practically at a minimum?
– a 30-minute jog / run 5 days a week
– a 30-minute run 3 days a week + 1 hour of strength training
– a 30-minute swim 2 days a week + 2 x 45-minute strength sessions
If this seems daunting, do more moderate movement for longer, ie: go for an hour walk five days a week.
2. Eat Well
This means having a balanced diet and mindful eating habits. Include a variety of vegetables, fruit, lean proteins and whole grains into your eating plan. Limit your sugars and salts and for healthy eating habits that include meal-planning. When you approach your meal, be present while you eat and eat mindfully.
Does this seem overwhelming? We have a list of great tips to help you kick-start a healthy eating plan. Read this.
3. Sleep Better
Having good-quality sleep will mean better overall health, physically, emotionally and mentally. Aim for between 7 and 9 hours a night. Some people naturally need more sleep than others. To help set you up for sleep success, establish a good sleep routine and create a healthy sleep environment: dark, quiet and cool.
- Manage Stress
Commit to a stress-management programme to promote living a life with a greater sense of well-being. All of us are responsible for how we manage our mental health and there are steps that all of us can take to live a more stress-free, content and happier life.
Include mindfulness exercises into your daily life: meditation, deep breathing, yoga or any other activity that you can identify that helps you to unwind and relax. Managing stress is crucial for maintaining good mental and physical health. Our mental health is also naturally in a better state when we also stick to the above goals: eating well, sleeping better and regular exercise.
- Hydration Health
Promoting hydration health might seem insignificant to the previous five points, but relooking at your hydration habits can make a huge impact on your daily life. If you want to know the signs and symptoms of being dehydrated as well as what you can do to ensure healthy hydration habits, read this here.
Remember that the key to successful resolutions is to make them specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound (SMART). Consider starting with small, manageable changes and gradually building upon them over time. Track your progress and celebrate your achievements along the way. If you have specific health concerns or conditions, always speak to your medical doctor before making major lifestyle changes.