Moving into a New Year, many health goals are focused on losing weight. However, if you’re wanting to move away from this and focus on becoming healthier overall, then you’re in the right place! Losing weight doesn’t always make you healthier, so we’re here with some alternative goals that can be better for your mental and physical health.
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Drink More Water
First up, we’d recommend that you start drinking more water. Water is absolutely vital to so many bodily functions, from our body temperature to removing waste, protecting our organs and fuelling our brain. When we don’t drink enough, the impact it can have on our bodies is huge, yet in line with this, when we are drinking the recommended amount of water, it can transform how we feel. So, if you currently don’t drink much water, aim to start drinking two more glasses a day and see how it feels. You can gradually build up from here until you’re drinking the recommended amount of water, which is around 3.7 litres for men and 2.7 litres for women.
Eat More Fruit and Vegetables
Another really positive thing you can do to improve your health this year is to eat more fruit and vegetables. Rather than starting by cutting anything “bad” out of your diet, when you focus on implementing more foods that are great for you, often you’ll stick to it for longer than trying to cut lots of stuff out. Also, you’ll soon begin to see the benefits of eating different nutrient packed fruits and vegetables, so naturally you might eat fewer foods that are high in fat and sugar. So, next time you go food shopping, get a variety of fruits and vegetables to eat throughout the week. We love to start our day with a smoothie that is packed full of healthy things, particularly berries and spinach. So, add these healthy foods to your diet and you’ll soon experience the benefits!
Get Health Check-Ups
Whilst you’re setting yourself health goals for 2024, a great one is to get up to date with all of your health check-ups. Even if you’re not experiencing any issues or symptoms, often things can be going on in the background that can go unnoticed for a long time. So, having a check is always a good idea to make sure you’re as healthy as possible! We’d recommend booking a full body health check including blood tests, then also book an appointment with your dentist in Milton Keynes, Manchester or Mayfair to cover your oral health as well! This is often overlooked, as oral health can be pushed to the back of people’s priority list, however this is a good opportunity to change that.
A wonderful health goal to set yourself for this year is to sleep more! Sleep is absolutely essential for us, as it helps to support healthy brain function as well as our physical health, as it’s key for rest and recovery. So, you can notice such a significant difference to your mental and physical health when you sleep more. The optimal amount of sleep for most adults is between 6 and 8 hours, so if you’re currently not getting this, try to fit it into your routine. Either go to bed an hour earlier in the evening or give yourself an extra hour of sleep in the morning. Having a midday nap doesn’t quite have the same effect as your body doesn’t have the chance to go into a deep sleep. Make this a priority and you’ll notice just how much of a difference it can make.
Exercise Once A Day
Last but certainly not least, you should focus on exercising once a day. Often when people are focused on losing weight, they’re obsessed with burning calories and don’t have much variety in their workout routine. Sometimes this can make you more prone to injury when you don’t have a balance between the different forms of exercise. So, rather than just focusing on burning calories, instead you should focus on moving your body each day with intention and trying to balance out the different forms of exercise to become as strong, mobile and healthy as possible.
For example, at the minute you might go to the gym and go on the cross trainer every day just to burn calories. However, perhaps you could change your workout routine to something like below to find a better balance for your body, as well as to help your mental health:
- Monday – Upper Body Weights Workout
- Tuesday – Hot Yoga Class
- Wednesday – Lower Body Weights Workout
- Thursday – 5,000 Steps
- Friday – Spin Class
- Saturday – Walk With Friend
- Sunday – 5,000 Steps
Moving your body everyday doesn’t have to mean doing a really intense workout!