New Year’s health resolutions you can actually keep
Have you let your health slide this year?
Do you want to jump into the New Year feeling motivated and empowered?
Make your health a priority with New Year’s health resolutions you can actually keep.
Here’s how to maximise your health in 2021.
Health tips for the New Year
- Eat more nutrient-dense, whole foods such as fruit and vegetables (kale, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, avocado, sweet potato, blueberries), quinoa, chia seeds, nuts, beans and lentils. Go organic if you can as organic produce contains more vitamins, minerals and antioxidants than non-organic food.
Widen your knowledge on nutrition and diet by taking a short online nutrition course where you can learn the fundamentals of a healthy diet, the essential nutrients needed to support your body through the life stages, how to avoid harmful toxins and how to boost your immune system and gut health naturally.
- Set realistic health goals that fit in with your lifestyle. One of the issues with New Year’s resolutions is they are often not achievable long-term. You might have very good intentions to get up at 5am to exercise every morning but the reality of actually doing this is a different matter. Don’t set yourself up for failure; create achievable goals that you can fit around your family, work and other personal commitments. CNM Health Coaches use a powerful tool called the Wheel of Life which helps people understand each aspect of their life (health, career, relationships, environment, goals) to see which areas are thriving and which areas may need some improvement. When you have a handle on this, you can then set goals to create balance in your life.
- Make time for exercise and regular movement. You don’t need to do high-intensity training or go for a ten-mile run; a brisk walk or an online yoga class can be just as effective for getting the blood pumping and moving your muscles. In a recent exercise myths podcast, Personal Trainer and Nutritional Therapist Keris Marsden explains how a low-intensity, varied exercise routine is the best way to get long-term health results.
- Reduce your stress levels by spending more time outside and making time for relaxation. Stop overcommitting yourself; an excessively busy schedule only creates overwhelm. Stress is incredibly detrimental and can cause long-term health complications such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, heart disease and a weakened immune system. Stress stimulates hormonal changes in the body which impair the functioning of certain organs and systems.
- Optimise your gut health by eating gut-healing foods such as sauerkraut and garlic, and avoid inflammatory and acidic foods and drinks including sugar, pasteurised dairy and coffee. Your gut houses 70% of your immune system cells and 90% of your serotonin receptors (serotonin is the neurotransmitter which helps stabilise mood and feelings of wellbeing) so a healthy gastrointestinal system is essential for your mental health and immune system.
Step into 2021 happier and healthier
As we say goodbye to 2020 and think about the year ahead, it’s a great time to reflect and reassess your health. If you’ve let your health slip and you want to make your health a priority in 2021, then why wait – get started as soon as possible. Make time for regular exercise and relaxation, increase your vegetable intake, introduce some gut-healing foods into your diet and start setting realistic health goals you can achieve.