10 New Year health kick tips
If you’re tired of the excess of Christmas, you’re probably eager to start your New Year health kick. It’s easier said than done. While most start with good intentions, without defining your goals, it’s easy to fall of the wagon. Getting a plan in place is important if you’re to succeed. Thankfully, we’ve compiled a list of New Year health kick tips to get your started and on the road to success.
New Year healthy eating
A good place to start if looking at your diet. Exercise simply can’t be successful without a solid nutritional plan. After the colossal calorie intake over the festive season, it’s unwise to slam the breaks on too hard. Begin by slowing cutting back on your sugar intake, skipping the booze until the weekend and cook for yourself which will help you control what goes into your body.
Staying in shape with your New Year fitness plan
The best way to compliment your new nutritional plan is with exercise. Like your diet, don’t try to do too much too soon of you’ll burn out too quickly. Ease your way in with 30 minutes of solid exercise every three days and build it up over time. By setting a realistic goal for how much weight you want to lose over a period is the best way to stick with your New Year health kick.
Stay hydrated all day long
With such busy lives it’s easy to forget to drink liquid, but hydrating is one of the most important factors in keeping your body and mind healthy. On average, adults should try to consume at least 6 -8 glass of fluid every day. If you find water boring, try infusing it with mint or cucumber. Alternatively, opt for a coconut water with no added sugar – nature’s perfect way to hydrate.
Sticking to your New Year resolutions
It’s a fact – only 10% of New Year’s resolutions are still being followed by June. Statistically speaking, most fail. That said, by creating a plan with realistic goals which are achievable, you’ll have much more chance of success. One of the easiest ways to do this is by building these healthy habits around your daily schedule. Just like brushing your teeth or doing your laundry, your exercise should fit into each day.
Train with a friend
One of the best ways to keep your New Year’s exercise resolutions on track is to train with a friend. Find someone with similar goals and plan to train together. You’ll be surprised at just how much more you’ll achieve when you have the support of someone else.
Everyone wants an overnight fix but getting in shape takes time and effort. Give yourself a pat on the back for the small victories and when you have a setback give yourself a break. It happens to the best of us.
Spend more time outdoors
Spending your days hunched over a computer is a recipe for poor posture and a frazzled mind. The days might be short and dark, but you still need your daily dose of Vitamin D. Get out every morning with the dogs for a bracing walk around the park or go running in the evenings. The fresh air will do wonders for clearing the mind.
New Year health tips go beyond exercise
There are lots of other ways to keep your body healthy than just exercise and good nutrition. One of the most important is getting a solid night’s sleep. Ideally, adults should aim for at least 7 hours of quality sleep per night, so try to avoid caffeine after 6pm and try winding down from 9pm by reading a book, listening to calming music and sipping soothing herbal teas like chamomile. It’ll do wonders for your New Year health kick.
Try inspiration and New Year fitness quotes
Keeping in the right frame of mind is also important when sticking to your goals. While meditation and yoga are the perfect way to do this, those with less time can simply read New Year fitness quotes. Try these few on for size:
“For me, exercise is more than just physical — it’s therapeutic.” – Michelle Obama
“Most people have no idea how good their body is designed to feel.” –Kevin Trudeau
“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” –C.S. Lewis
Kick start with a New Year health retreat
If you want to kick start your New Year health kick, you can’t do better than one of the bootcamp retreats where you’ll join others from around the world to get in shape and build a solid nutritional plan. A bootcamp doesn’t need to be just exercise though. You can combine it on a sunny winter holiday with sightseeing and great food. Just what the doctor ordered after a heavy festive season.
Every thought about the exotic Land of Smiles? Thailand’s Chiang Mai boot camp offer high-intensity training in the cooler Northern capital with expert coaches and like-minded guests in a fun and supportive environment. Experience a slice of authentic Thailand while working on your fitness regime and meeting new friends. Plus, you’ll get lots of New Year workout tips and routines when you attend. Everything from transport, food, accommodation, coaching and excursions are taken care of, plus there’s often last-minute deals to be found, so get in touch.