With one month down in this year, chances are you have already given up on your New Year’s fitness resolutions’.
This is what happens when you set the standard high for yourself – you blow it up, start blaming yourself, and go back to square one.
Let’s take fad diets such as juice cleansers, for instance. You are drawn towards it because of its many benefits. But this continues only for a brief period. The moment you return to a normal meal, you’re back to the status quo. You also feel low on stamina and energy.
It is the same as going to the gym. You exercise only in the initial weeks and later lose your willpower as it’s not a feasible option.
This year, if your aim is to stick to your fitness resolution, here are a few health goals that you can follow. You won’t become a Zen master or lose two sizes immediately. But you’ll surely notice a significant change in the long run.
So, let’s get started!
Goal #1 – Improve your sleep cycle
How many hours of sleep do you get throughout the night? If you aren’t touching the standard 7 to 8-hour mark, ensure that you include better sleep patterns (restorative and deeper stages) in your wellness resolution.
Not getting enough sleep makes your body vulnerable to a manifold of health issues. This also increases the risk of cognitive decline.
Every tissue and cell in the body is benefitted by enough sleep. Imagine what could happen when you have a disruptive sleep cycle.
Ensure that this is the year you fully devote to improving the sleep pattern. This will keep health issues like insomnia at bay!
- FUN FACT: Sleep is the secret weapon to keep your weight under control.
Goal #2 – Interact with as many people as possible
Do you often feel isolated and lonely? If yes, then it is high time to add social interaction in the list of health goals 2020.
You tend to feel isolated even though you are surrounded by a good set of friends. Since isolation is associated with high-level inflammation, it can cause various health-related issues. It is also associated with dying at an early age.
To get rid of this issue, develop a concord with yourself to step out of the house and interact with new people. Be it joining a fitness club or signing up for outdoor events, grab the opportunity where you can meet as many people as possible.
Goal #3 – Allocate a no-phone zone
It is easier to set physical boundaries. But the real challenge is when you try limiting yourself from constantly checking your email and scrolling through social media feed.
As per several studies, it has been revealed that people who use phones at the dinner table do not enjoy the experience as compared to those who don’t use it.
So, try to stay away from your phone when having dinner or at work. This helps your mental health and lets you spend some quality time with your family.
Goal # 4 – Express gratitude everyday
Yes, gratitude is known as the biggest self-care trend. But did you know, it also benefits your physical health?
Several studies have proved that those who express gratitude everyday tend to live a happier and healthier life. It also helps decrease the inflammation and cortisol levels.
If you want to lead this life, take out some time to be thankful or grateful about all the things you have achieved so far. You can also maintain a journal and write down things that make you happy.
This practice reduces your stress and improves both your mental and physical health. So, without fail, make it a part of your 2020 health goal.
Goal #5 – Workout every day for few minutes
Every week, it is recommended to get at least 2 hours of intense physical activity. If this isn’t feasible, you must workout for about 30 minutes every day.
Do not be intimidated by these numbers and continue doing what you’re capable of. You can divide the entire workout in small sessions of 10 minutes and reap the mental and physical benefits it offers.
Studies have revealed that 5 minutes of running every day can decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease, while thirteen minutes of weight training helps build stamina.
So, it is better for you to workout in small intervals.
Goal #6 – Perform act of kindness
Another health goal you can add in this year’s resolution is regularly performing acts of kindness. This benefits your health particularly when you’re devoted to enhancing your happiness.
Random acts of kindness are associated with high-level satisfaction and happiness. So, make sure you perform it every week in 2020.
When you set a higher level of New Year’s fitness resolutions, it becomes difficult to follow them. So, instead, go for the above-mentioned smaller goals as they are easier to achieve and good for your health!