At the start of a new year, everyone has a similar mindset. Whether they aim to be organised, healthy, active, positive and so on, there’s always a pattern when it comes to new year’s resolutions. If your goal is to have a healthier year, but feel like you don’t really know where to begin, then look no further! Here is a selection of different ways in which you can kick-start the new year with a healthy/active approach and notice a positive difference in yourself and your lifestyle.
Home Grown Produce
For many, healthy eating can seem like an expensive alternative that may not be ideal in the long, money-tight month of January. This isn’t necessarily true however, as there are plenty of ways you can get your fruit and veg without breaking the bank. One of the best ways to ensure you’re receiving healthy, fresh produce whilst saving yourself some money is to grow your produce yourself. Whether you invest in a greenhouse or you grow them in your garden, growing your own fruit and veg will save you a considerable amount of money. Another great thing about growing your own produce is the sense of pride when it comes to seeing your hard work benefit you and your family, plus there’s no better taste than freshly grown fruit or veg that’s just been handpicked from the garden!
One large fault in many people’s new-year health plans is the lack of a balanced diet. Whilst cutting out all fatty, unhealthy foods is beneficial, you do still need a good balance of protein, carbohydrates and so on. It’s essential to have a variety of food groups within your diet to ensure your body is getting just what it needs. It’s also key to balance out your proportions, giving yourself the right amount of food throughout the day instead of binging on all sorts in the evening.
Consistency is Key
There is a big difference in eating 5 small meals throughout the day, compared to two huge meals at lunch and dinner time. It’s really important to be consistent with your meals and routine, as you will condition your body to work off the routine you’ve chosen to stick too. Don’t forget essential meals such as breakfast, as this is the meal that prepares your body for the day ahead, no matter how busy it may be.
Just like your meals, it’s important to keep your routines consistent too. Try to stick to a similar sleeping pattern, going to bed around the same time and waking up at the same time, ensuring you get plenty of sleep. Sleep is an essential part to your health and many fail to recognise this, giving themselves less than 6 hours a night. The recommended sleeping time is around 8-10 hours, so try to get at least 7, if you can!
Plan and Prep
A great way to keep your lifestyle balanced and controlled is to plan and prepare each day. If you know what you’re going to eat every day of the week, you can do your weekly shop and prepare meals in advance, saving you lots of time on an evening or at lunch time. This will help you keep track of exactly what you’re eating, as well as how frequently, and you’ll be able to monitor if whether or not your body is benefitting from this new regime. If you feel you’re not getting positive results from your new routine, try switching certain foods for others, have a play around with what works best for you!