New Year's resolutions can be hard to keep

How To Stick To Your New Year’s Resolution

The New Year is here, which means that now is the time most people start thinking about New Year’s Resolutions.

Resolutions about health & wellness are some of the most common ones, usually created after eating many holiday dinners, and we want to make sure we stick to them! Unfortunately, for a lot of people, these ideas tend to fade into the background shortly after the new year has begun and the rigors of everyday life rear their ugly heads.

Here are some tips and tricks to keep you on track for your 2022 Health & Wellness Resolutions:

  1. Choose a specific goal you want to achieve & set a timeline on how to achieve it

Don’t choose what you think everyone else wants to hear, choose a goal that you actually want to achieve and once you have identified your overall goal, be as specific as possible. Don’t just write that you want to lose weight or that you want to start running again, set a specific target like “I want to lose 30 pounds by my birthday,” or “I want to be able to run a 5K in 30 minutes.” 

Once you have done that, set up a timeline on when you want to make these goals happen. If it’s for a 5K, for example, choose the one you want to do and aim for that. 

Studies have shown that focusing on these specific goals instead of just the overall ideas help people stay invested in achieving them.

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  1. Choose an activity you enjoy and get moving
Running may not be for you; there are many other ways to get moving.

Maybe running isn’t your thing and a 5K goal isn’t what you are looking for, that’s no reason you can’t be more physically active to achieve your wellness goals if that’s what you want. Why not try pilates, a spin class, or Zumba? 

You can even keep your movement goals simple by taking your dog on longer walks around the neighborhood or doing workouts that appeal to you online from the comfort of your home instead of being in a crowded gym. Choosing an activity you actually enjoy and approaching it realistically can help make your new routine last. 

  1. Hold Yourself Accountable

Monitoring your progress will keep you on track to know if you are getting closer to achieving your goal. If it’s weightloss, periodically weighing yourself and tracking it will be helpful in keeping you motivated and knowing how far you are from your goal. 

If you find it hard to motivate yourself, that’s okay too. Studies show that receiving social support can improve performance so finding a buddy to help you stay on track can increase the chances of you sticking with your resolutions. This can be someone who actually does the task with you or someone that will check in with you at certain intervals about it. You can also join clubs and support groups for people trying to achieve similar goals.

  1. Spice up your meal prep 
Meal prep doesn’t have to be boring (although these plates do look delicious).

One of the most unappealing parts about meal prep for some people, is eating the same thing all the time but there are ways to jazz up your mains and side dishes to make them like new while also keeping you healthy. Preparing a mix of ingredients that can be combined in different ways is way more interesting than eating the same identical dish every night. You can also supplement your meals with easy and delicious snacks to have throughout the day like nuts and fruit. It will not only offer a bit of variety to your meals, but can give you a little energy boost to get through that lag right before the end of the workday.

Note: Unsure of where to get started with meal prep? We offer nutritional testing and wellness coaching that will help you understand what and when your body needs to eat.

  1. Get Examined Regularly! 

Getting examined regularly is important in maintaining overall health and wellness. Having necessary screenings and testing can help find potential issues before they become something serious, and can also help you understand what environmental and nutritional factors are keeping you from enjoying life at 100%. Total Holistic Center takes it a step further than most healthcare providers and offers testing and screening that screen for deficiencies and toxins that are far beyond what doctor’s offices screen for.

Brushing and flossing your teeth regularly can help prevent oral conditions like cavities, gum disease, and bad breath. What’s more, some research suggests that poor oral health might be linked to diseases and conditions like endocarditis and pneumonia which makes taking care of your oral health all the more important.

  1. Practice Mindfulness

You may not have the time to do yoga or meditate for an hour every day but that doesn’t mean you can’t practice mindfulness! Intentional practices like focusing intently, yet gently on certain tasks such as drinking a cup of coffee, cooking a meal or washing your body can take you out of a frantic headspace and make a normal task into an act of mindfulness. There are also several apps that promote micro-meditations that involve you only taking 1-5 minutes to rejuvenate your mind.

Total Holistic Center offers world-class holistic healthcare and wellness coaching that can help you bring all these tips together and use them in your everyday life. No matter where you are on your wellness journey, it’s never too late to seek the help of the professionals at Total Holistic Center. Click below or call 561-323-4994 to get started with a FREE private wellness consultation today.

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