Let’s face it, when it comes to new years resolutions, we all enter into them with the very best of intentions. The thing is, by the time February comes and the winter weather is still chilling us to the bone, quite often these resolutions become an “I’ll start again on Monday” kind of deal.
So, how can you make sure that you form the healthier habits that you are promising yourself without falling off the wagon?
Well, it’s not as hard as you think. Here are 5 ways to help you with your health quest in 2018.
1) Plan, plan and plan some more
Organisation is often key when it comes to leading a healthier lifestyle, particularly when it comes to food. We are all guilty of getting in after a long day at work and just throwing anything in the oven because cooking from fresh seems like such a chore. *Spoiler alert* it’s actually quite easy.
Buy yourself a new journal and write down what you are going to cook and when, and make sure that you have all of the ingredients in for each recipe. Don’t over complicate things if you’re cooking after work – just stick to straightforward dishes that will nourish you and fill you up and don’t stray from your list when you do your supermarket shop.
2) The slow cooker is your friend
A good slow cooker can be bought for around £20 and it is a kitchen gadget that you really will get your money out of.
It’s this simple: cut up ingredients, season, throw into the cooker, set time, go to work.
When you get home, your dish will be done and all you have to do is plate up. The best bit? Most slow cooker dishes require little to no oil or fat, making this cooking method one of the healthiest out there.
3) Mix up your exercise routine
Doing the same thing day in, day out can become tedious very quickly and often leads to people becoming disheartened with their workouts.
Don’t be scared to try classes, different ways of working out and try to alternate your exercise routines. By keeping your regime fresh, you won’t dread the thought of heading to the gym.
4) Reward yourself
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, so don’t be too hard on yourself and indulge in a couple of rewards a week for maintaining your healthy lifestyle. Whether that be a glass of wine, a bar of chocolate or even a massage, make allowances and enjoy the rewards as well as the results of your healthy lifestyle.
5) Don’t set goals that are out of reach
The key is to make short term goals that aren’t nigh on impossible for you to reach. By setting yourself goals that are within your grasp, you will feel the positive reinforcement each time you meet a goal, allowing you to move forward with a better momentum. For example, if you’re trying to lose weight, reward yourself every time you lose a couple of pounds as opposed to larger weight losses, then you’ll be able to see how far you’ve come in increments.