Are you starting this year like many of my friends, clients, and even me a bit? Slow to start and get yourself motivated? To be successful right now, it’s important not to overcomplicate things. Simpler is always better.
As we begin a new year, here are 5 things to think about that will help you not only avoid losing your strength, fitness, and health but make gains in every area.
Sometimes it’s best to go back to the basics and be sure we have a solid base in place first. Basically hitting the reset button. Hint: It’s not as complicated or difficult as you think…
1 – Drink More Water: For the average adult, 8 cups (64 oz.) per day is a minimum; half your body weight in ounces is ideal. If you struggle to get the minimum, start there. And be sure to track your success each day.
2 – Get More Sleep: To look and feel your best, 7 hours is the minimum. If you struggle to get that much, start there and focus on spending at least 7 hours in bed each night. Here are some simple tips for improving your sleep environment.
3 – Move A Little More: Working out 7 days a week was never a requirement for being healthy. It’s never been true, and it’s not true now. Aim for 3-5 workouts a week — 2-3 strength-based workouts and 1-2 cardio-based.
Or, try for 20 minutes of movement a day, including getting outside and going for walks. Have a method to track your success so you stay accountable (planner, notebook, note-taking app, etc.)
4 – Eat A Little Better: Going from pizza and chips to a 100% clean diet overnight often results in frustrating and reverting to old habits after a couple of weeks.
Ask yourself, “How can I make this meal 1% better?” Swap out a starch for more veggies, for example. If you like, take pictures of your meals for three days and send them to me; I’m happy to take a look and give you feedback.
5 – Be Kind To Yourself: Celebrate your successes and don’t beat yourself up over the failures. Each day, do something kind for yourself … and for others.
Remember, success is a compilation of small decisions executed consistently. There’s no need to make it more complicated than that.
So Cheers to the New opportunities. I am grateful for you.