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If your new year’s resolution was to make your lifestyle healthier, you know only too well that starting your new health kick is easy, but keeping it going day after day can be incredibly tough. Research into new year’s resolutions shows that the 19th of January is the date many people struggle to stay on track and is the most common day to give up on good intentions. If you can feel bad habits starting to creep back in, it is essential to take action now to get back on track.
One of the biggest struggles that people find with their new healthy lifestyle is that it becomes boring. Counting calories and tracking your activity levels may be fun to start with, but you can soon grow bored of this, and your motivation can begin to slide. Livening up your new regime can help you to keep your motivation levels high throughout January and beyond. Here are some of the ways that you could liven up your healthy lifestyle:
Change Your Routine
If you are following a regimented routine of doing the same exercises at the same time and visiting the gym on the same days each week, you may find that changing this up helps. Changing your routine puts an end to the monotony that may be harming your motivation. Switching things up will feel like hitting the refresh button, and prevent any boredom from creeping in. Changing your routine often will keep things exciting and prevent exercising from becoming a chore.
Treat Your Tastebuds
Eating is one of the greatest pleasures in life, so denying yourself this by eating bland foods will make you feel like you are punishing your body and depriving yourself of the joy of eating different flavours.
Healthy food does not have to be dull. Many healthy foods are bright, colourful, and packed full of flavour. To bring the joy back into eating, you could try creating delicious meals at home following healthy recipes. Learning to cook is one of the best ways to liberate yourself from eating bland foods. Cooking foods from scratch enables you to control what you put into each meal. This allows you to adjust the flavours to meet your taste. Cooking your meals at home also allows you to use the freshest ingredients and natural flavours. So there will be no worrying about artificial flavours or hidden sugars that could be lurking in processed foods.
To liven up your mealtimes, why not try making your meals look as enticing as possible. Creating colourful rainbow salads will not only make the food appear more appealing, but it also enables you to eat a wide range of vitamins and nutrients in one sitting. Another way to liven up mealtimes is to prepare dishes that spark your curiosity. Maybe you have been wondering what is pad thai and are curious about how it tastes? If so, why not follow a recipe and prepare some for yourself to find out?
Set New Goals
If you feel stuck in a rut with your new routine, setting yourself some new fitness goals will help. Having specific goals to focus on can make it so much easier to stay on track and will keep your motivation levels high. Don’t forget to make your goals SMART so that you know what you want to achieve. Setting SMART goals will make it easier to track your progress.
Try New Exercises
Visiting the gym every day can soon become pretty dull. Running day after day on the treadmill and lifting the same weights on every visit can cause boredom to set in and your motivation levels to drop. Introducing some fun ways to workout into your routine puts an end to this boredom and will help you fall in love with exercise. Try to pick activities that don’t even feel like you are working out. Perhaps you could try skating, dancing, or trampolining. It doesn’t matter what the exercise is, so long as you are doing it regularly. If you have a competitive streak, you may want to join a club and take up a team sport. Taking part in both training sessions and matches will ensure that you have plenty of opportunities to get active every week.
Being healthy does not need to be boring. Instead, there are many ways that you can breathe new life into your routine to help you to stick with your good intentions. Which methods do you think will work best for you?