A new season is here! Use it as an opportunity to revisit your new year resolution and make simple lifestyle changes or hacks that will carry you through the spring and summer season. Here are a few suggestions on how to reset your routine and goals to make you stay (or get back) on track.
Revisit your prior goals.
In January, we all set lifestyle goals to focus on for the new year. Yet studies suggest that by Valentine’s Day many individuals have strayed from their resolutions. Spring is the perfect time to recommit to your lifestyle goals and stick with them, so you will enter the new season on a positive note.
Commit to two or three simple lifestyle switches.
Many individuals fail on lifestyle and diet plans because they take on too much at once. Instead of going from 0-100, commit to small changes that are easily doable, and once you’ve mastered those, incorporate more into your unique lifestyle plan. For instance, you could:
- Eat at least 5 servings of vegetables a day (1/2 cup cooked, 1 cup raw).
- Give up soda and drink plain water or flavored water (fresh herbs and fruits) throughout the day.
- Replace one meal a day with a green smoothie.
- Only drink alcohol on the weekends.
- Give up fast food and processed food.
- Cook dinner at least 4 nights a week.
- Bring leftovers or a homemade lunch to work. You’ll save money too!
- Get a Fitbit or tracking app on your phone and commit to 10,000 steps per day.
- Exercise for at least 30 minutes 2-3 times a week.
- Download a meditation app and commit to a few minutes a day (or a few times a week to start out).
- Keep a gratitude journal, and either before you go to bed or first thing in the morning, write down five things that you’re grateful for.
- Focus on your sleep. You need 7-9 hours a night so shut off electronic devices and the TV at least an hour before bedtime and unwind with a book, music, podcast or bath.
Track your diet and exercise.
The best way to stay on track is to be mindful of what you’re putting into your body and how much exercise you are getting per week. Therefore, make it simple by putting an app, such as MyFitnessPal, on your smartphone. This will help you keep yourself accountable and identify patterns. For instance, you may be stopping by the office candy dish more than you thought or eating your child’s leftover mac-and-cheese without even realizing it.
Lastly, don’t forget to celebrate your lifestyle victories – be it small or big. Every step counts!