December 08, 2021 3 min read
For many of us, the fall and winter signal the start of a slower, cozier part of the year. We get a little more comfy, we move around a little less, and we also tend to stop caring so much about whether or not our six pack is showing. But just because the summer is over doesn’t mean that we should give up on our health completely. In fact, now is a perfect time to reset some of your goals and work on your wellness and good habits so that you can make it successfully through the holiday season!
We’ve listed the top 5 good habits that you should be paying attention to right now.
The amount of time that we spend on our devices can make a big impact on our health, and not in the way that we probably hope for. Scrolling through social media for hours and binging all of our favorite TV shows might sound like the only way that we can relax, but it means that we’re moving less (and probably not nourishing our minds the way that we should).
Set limits for yourself for the amount of screentime that you allow yourself per day. Most smartphones even have options that only let you use your biggest time-wasting apps for a certain number of minutes every day. Use that newfound free time to do something productive instead, like hitting a quick workout or going for a walk with your family. Both your mind and your body will benefit from it!
If you have been struggling with weight management or unhealthy eating habits, it might be well worth the time and effort it takes to start keeping track of your eating habits. When this becomes a habit, you’ll be able to be more mindful with your food choices and make more nourishing moves instead. It’ll also help during the holidays – when you become aware of how your food intake is affecting your health, you’ll be less likely to go overboard later!
Of course, it’s a good idea to strike a fine balance here: you don’t want your logging to run your life, you just want it to bring more awareness so that you can be proactive at reaching your goals.
In today’s day and age, we sometimes get too busy and stressed and distracted to cook healthy meals every day. Unfortunately, this is not exactly conducive to leading a healthier lifestyle. So the best option is to cook in big batches when you can – or in other words, to meal prep!
Meal prepping can save you an infinite amount of time during the week and ensure that you’re still eating to reach your goals no matter what’s on your agenda for the day. Dedicate a couple of hours at the beginning of your week to cook larger portions of your favorite healthy dishes, then portion them out so that you can easily pop them in the microwave when ready. Or even better, consider ordering from a meal prep delivery service so that you can skip the cooking completely.
“No time” is one of the biggest excuses that people have for not getting enough exercise. But the reality is that most of us don’t have very much “free time” – it’s all about how you prioritize your day. If you find that you’re not able to get your workouts done in the afternoon or after work, make it a point to move your schedule so that you’re finishing it first thing in the morning. It may mean waking up earlier or rushing around a little more to make it to work on time, but it’ll pay off when you start noticing your physical progress. As a bonus, workouts are also one of the best ways to start your morning off on the right foot!
When the weather starts getting colder, we tend to want to cuddle up and “hibernate,” especially since it gets dark so early now. But you still need to have a good sleep schedule if you want to give your body the rest and recovery that it needs! Do your best to stick to a regular bedtime and minimize daytime napping so that you can have a full and restorative night’s sleep.
Your healthy habits can counter a lot of the stress and guilt that people tend to feel around this time of the year. Stick to your guns now so that you can reap the rewards come spring and summer!
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