If you spent more time on the sofa than on your feet during 2020, you might be eager to incorporate more physical activity into your lifestyle. Of course, you will need to complement exercise with a nutritious diet and health plan to improve your general wellbeing.
If you want to be filled with energy throughout the year, check out the following advice on how to transform your health in 2021.
1. Make Exercise More Enjoyable
Many people make the mistake of pledging to participate in a marathon by the end of the year. If they don’t enjoy running, they will likely feel disappointed in themselves when they struggle to even run around the block.
Rather than beating yourself up for not reaching your fitness goals, you should set smaller targets. You’re also more likely to hit your goals if you embark on an exercise you enjoy, such as hiking, cycling, or a dance class.
Remember, the clothes you wear, the accessories you use, and the footwear you choose can all influence your happiness and performance, too. So, if your glasses are a distraction, wear a comfortable sports contact lens instead. If your shoes are causing blisters, buy footwear that will mold to the shape of your feet.
2. A Nutrient-Rich Diet
Exercise alone isn’t enough to create a healthy body. If you want to ward away various health conditions, enjoy much energy, and develop stronger muscles and bones, you must adopt a nutrient-rich diet.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a fitness lover or not, you must enjoy a balance of:
- Healthy fats
For example, you could add more nutrients into your diet by consuming brightly-colored fruit and vegetables, whole grains, low-fat or fat-free milk, lean meats, and more.
Also, take the time to find healthy, delicious recipes, which will ensure you are never tempted to reach for junk food or a takeout menu. Filling your plate with delicious, colorful ingredients will ensure a healthy dish is appealing, which will help you to remain on the right path.
3. Lower Your Stress Levels
Stress can play havoc with a person’s physical and mental health. For example, it can cause headaches, heartburn, a weakened immune system, heart issues, high blood pressure, and more.
It would help if you attempted to lower your rising stress levels to care for your general health. For instance, you could:
- Set time aside to relax
- Take control of your finances – e.g., create a monthly budget and open a savings account
- Cut unnecessary stress out of your life – such as reducing your workload or saying goodbye to toxic friends
4. Stay in Touch with Others
Loneliness is often linked to depression and increased anxiety. If you feel a million miles away from others, aim to stay connected with your loved ones. For example, you could ask a friend for a coffee or invite a relative for dinner. If you can’t see a loved one in person, you could:
- Drop them a text message
- Arrange a video call
- Send a card
- Connect with them on social media
If you don’t have many friends, consider joining a local community group, taking a class, or inviting a colleague to drink after work.