If you have decided to get healthy by shedding a few pounds as a New Year’s resolution, you’re not alone! Weight loss consistently remains one of the top, if not THE top New Year’s resolution made year after year, with 45% of American’s choosing to eat healthier as their main goal.
More than half of Americans partake in the New Year’s resolution tradition; however, a recent study conducted by the University of Scranton found that, “…just 8 percent of people achieve their New Year’s goals, while around 80 percent fail to keep their New Year’s resolutions….” which is not very encouraging!
If you’re determined to make 2020 a year of overall health and wellness, these 3 simple tips can help you achieve your goals. In the words of Benjamin Franklin, “Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.”
In order to be healthier this New Year:
- Organize Your Home
Organizing your home creates a living environment that supports a healthy lifestyle. In fact, US World & News reports in Why Decluttering Is Good For Your Health that, “Decluttering, or removing unneeded and unwanted things from your home or office, is not a new concept, but its health benefits have become increasingly recognized.”
Before the new year begins, take some time to clear out your pantry of unhealthy and processed foods, as well as remove belongings you no longer need. Your home will not only lack the temptation of certain “comfort foods”, but your rooms will be clutter-free and organized, which helps reduce stress. Note that stress is bad for your emotional AND physical health, causing anxiety, depression, and poor food decisions.
According to Why You Eat Unhealthy Food When You’re Stressed, “Stress is harmful to the body, and particularly is a major contributor to the development of chronic diseases such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, and mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression… Research has shown that chronic daily stress releases cortisol, and in studies this has been linked to increasing our appetite or drive for sweet, fatty foods.”
Eliminating unnecessary stress is a key component to meeting your weight loss goals, so make organizing your home a priority. If space is an issue, consider renting a self-storage unit nearby. You can keep larger items, such as sports equipment, seasonal clothing or seasonal decor, helping to maximize space within your home for items you need on a daily basis.
- Healthy Meal Plans
Take some time to plan what you are going to eat throughout the week so that you avoid unhealthy, spontaneous meal choices. According to Menu Planning: Eat Healthier And Spend Less, “You can have a big impact on your health — and your budget — just by eating at home more often. With menu planning you know what your meals will look like and what you need to buy. That makes grocery shopping more efficient and cuts down on unplanned trips to buy one or two items. And with a grocery list in hand — a byproduct of good menu planning — it’s easier to resist impulse purchases.”
Planning your meals in advance not only guarantees you make healthy decisions each day when it comes to what you eat, but it helps ensure you are saving money—which is another way to reduce stress. With various menu options and plans available online, finding one that works for you is simple, easy, and undoubtedly worth your time.
- Exercise Regularly
This is probably the most challenging part of a weight loss regimen to keep since finding the energy to head to the gym after a long day of work can be overwhelming. Less is More: Why Shorter Workouts Are Better Than Longer Ones confirms this, stating, “…longer workouts can actually be less effective than shorter ones for a lot of reasons. And your long workouts may be the actual reason you’re not in the incredible shape you want to be in, or can’t seem to keep a consistent workout schedule.”
If committing to a long workout each day seems like something that is unrealistic for you, there are other ways to incorporate exercise into your daily life. 20-Minute Workouts: Better Gains Through Shorter Workouts suggests the get-in, get-out method, which can, “…pay great dividends if you keep the frequency and intensity up.”
Shorter, more intense workouts, can help you get your exercise completed quickly from the comfort of your own home, without having to worry about heading to the gym. Plus, there are other creative ways to incorporate exercise into your daily routine, whether it be taking your dog for an extra walk around the block, using the stairs instead of the elevator, or simply walking to the store instead of driving 2 minutes down the road.
By getting rid of clutter to maximize space within your home, creating and sticking to a meal plan, and doing shorter, more intense workouts, you are well on your way to achieving a healthier you in 2020!
“Cheers to a new year and another chance to get it right.” -Oprah Winfrey