It’s the new year, of course we all want to do more with our body, right? But what? and how? And how on earth do we even get started? It’s tempting to complete a full overhaul of your fitness and activity, but giant plans like that often burn out. Small steps are easier to track, and doing just a little more each day can help you develop long term habits to improve your life, fitness, wellness and more.
This year, do just little more to take care of your body with these quick tips.
Stretch It Out
Stretch in the morning and at night! Set aside five minutes at the start and end of your day to stretch, slowly. Stretching helps you wake up your body in the morning and helps you relax in the evening for a great night of sleep. Need some suggestions for stretches? Try these 2-minute movements!
Count the Hours
A full day of work can seem hard on your mind, but it’s tough on your body, too, even if you aren’t doing anything. To help, remember to stretch your legs at least once an hour while at work. Using your computer, watch, phone, or other timing tool, set a daily alarm on your phone to remind you to get up once an hour and walk around for a few minutes to stretch your legs. Maybe try a smaller water bottle, and walk to the water fountain to get a refill?
The 80% Diet
Now that it’s the new year, there are diet related resolutions everywhere you turn. Even the best diet doesn’t work if you can’t follow it! Instead of feeling like you’ve eliminated all fun and taste from your life, try to follow the 80/20 rule. 80% of the time, eat clean, nutrient-dense food. 20% of the time, eat the foods you enjoy and celebrate the great taste of food. This doesn’t mean that all nutrient dense food is bad tasting, however. Try some of the recipes in our blog, like this 15-minute Salmon Dinner.
Not sure if you are drinking enough water? Take your body weight and divide it by two. That is how many ounces of water you should consume daily. There are apps out there that can help you track your water intake, or kill two birds with one stone, and drink an 8 ounce glass every hour! Get up and walk to the drinking fountain, fill a glass, and walk back. Goodness for your body!
Get Your Flu Shot
We know…no one likes to get a shot! But what is even worse is getting the flu. The CDC recommends all people 6 months and older to get a flu vaccine each year. Talk to your doctor to find out which vaccine is best for you.
Meet with a dietitan
Do you understand your metabolism? Or is it a mystery that keeps changing every year? Meeting with a dietitian can help you understand your body and metabolism. Whether your goal is to lose weight, train for an athletic event, or to just eat better, a solid understanding of food and nutrition that’s ideal for you can help you reach your goals! Don’t know where to start? We have the team to help!