The new year is here, and as with every January 1st, hundreds of people will vow to get fit and be healthy, whether they mean losing weight, exercising more, eating better or drinking less. These intentions are great, but the way people go about them (crash diets, cutting out everything all in one go, over doing the exercise) sets them up for failure.
This year, make a resolution you'll actually keep: #DitchTheDiet before it even begins! Diets fail because they require a high degree of restriction which makes us feel miserable and deprived. If you cut out entire food groups and combine this with over exercising, you just burn yourself out and inevitably fail. Instead, make gradual changes in the interest of better health so that you can keep up the healthy habits and never have to spend another January 1st resolving to be healthy only to lose enthusiasm by February!
Take the goal of being healthy and break it down into specific goals, perhaps one for each month (see right for inspiration). You find it far easier than trying to join a gym, ban chocolate and give up alcohol all in one go!
Before starting on your new year plan, begin the year by carrying out an honest health assessment. This way you will have a better understanding of where you're at now and how far you have to go before you reach a particular goal.
You can grab yourself a copy of my Health Assessment Workbook for a step-by-step guide to carrying out the assessment and use it alongside my FREE Health and Fitness Goals Poster which you'll receive simply by signing up to the Beyond The Bathroom Scale Newsletter (You'll also receive an exclusive discount code for 50% off the Health Assessment Workbook!).
Here's to a healthy and happy new year! I hope it treats you and your families well!
Make This Year The Last Time You Resolve to Be Healthy: #DitchTheDiet
Friday, 1 January 2016
Posted by Karen Oliver at 08:32:00
Since the 11th of May 2011, I have gone from being obese to healthy, rescued myself from diabetes and hypertension and taught myself how to cook along the way. I've gone from being the teen that bunked off PE lessons, to the adult whose hobbies include lifting weights, yoga, dance and mixed martial arts.
My main rule is to live a lifestyle that's fad-free! I encourage everyone to stay well away from faddy diets that could potentially cause more health problems than they solve.
It's all about creating a sustainable, enjoyable lifestyle change.