Not surprisingly, January is the most common month for people to make health resolutions. The first of the year is a great time to reevaluate where you’re at in your life and where you want to be. Keep in mind that you can set goals for yourself any time of year. So, if you find that you’ve fallen off the wagon with your New Year’s resolutions, it’s important to reevaluate your goals to make sure they are realistic and attainable.
Something I’ve learned over the past few years is to give myself grace. This isn’t something that comes naturally to me. In fact, my natural tendency is to be my own worst critic. Maybe you can relate?
Thankfully, I’m learning to remind myself that nobody is perfect. As a matter of fact, if you expect to stick with your goals 100% perfectly every single day it can set you up for major disappointment.
Many of us (myself included) start out following our plan conscientiously. But then the inevitable adversity comes along and everything seems wrecked. If we’re not careful, we can allow that off day to derail our goals and hold us back. So, instead of throwing in the towel and giving yourself a hard time at the first sign of trouble, let’s try a different, more effective approach.
Tell yourself the truth.You simply had an off day. So, (in the words of Frank Sinatra)
“pick yourself up, dust yourself off and start all over again.”
We can learn and grow tremendously from our mistakes. So, instead of giving up at the first sign of failure, be persistent and keep moving forward.
Below are the health and wellness goals I’m focusing on for the new year. I hope they inspire you to consider what goals you would like to meet for yourself.
My Health And Wellness Goals For 2018
1. Intermittent Fasting
Intermittent fasting is amazing…I can’t say enough great things about it, guys!
I’m focusing on the 16/8, 18/6 and 24-hour fasting methods. If intermittent fasting is a new concept for you, you can learn all about it here:
- Get Incredible Results With Intermittent Fasting: Burn Fat, Lose Weight, Be Healthy
- The Quick Guide To Intermittent Fasting
My goal for the year is to read at least 24 books. Last year I read over 40 but now I’m busier with the blog (#thankful!) and other opportunities so 24 is a good number for me to aim for.
3. Make sleep a priority.
Getting a good night’s sleep can improve your energy, mood and memory, whereas inadequate sleep can make you more susceptible to obesity, depression and diabetes.
Getting enough sleep has always been a challenge for this night owl. Even though my body feels exhausted, many nights I have to make myself go to bed because my brain is on overdrive. I’d rather stay up and read all night long but I know that I would regret it in the morning. Been there. Done that.
So, learn from my mistakes, set a sleep schedule and stick to it.
4. Eat more vegetables.
They are colorful and delicious! The benefits of eating vegetables are impressive and include
- better skin
- improved mood
- weight control
- boosts energy
- a healthier gut
- rich in fiber
- improved endurance for athletic activities
- stronger immune system
5. Reduce sugar intake.
Research shows that sugar is our nutritional nemesis. Shown to be “as addictive as cocaine” sugar makes you hungrier and drastically increases your risk for serious diseases and mood disorders. Cutting out the sweet stuff is a great choice for your health and longevity.
20 Proven Reasons Why Refined Sugar Is Bad For Your Health will help you learn more about the evils of sugar.
6. Avoid overcommitment.
Are you burning the candle at both ends? Saying yes when you want (or need) to say no can cause fatigue, burnout and stress. Learning to set boundaries in life is healthy. Plus, doing so allows you to focus on the people and projects that are most important to you.
7. Do a kettlebell workout 2 to 3 times per week.
Kettlebells give the perfect full-body workout, incorporating both strength training and cardio-respiratory work. You can exercise all your major muscle groups in a few short minutes. We’re talking about a short 10 to 20-minute commitment, twice a week.
In my experience kettlebell workouts are quite possibly the fastest, easiest way to increase your strength. If you’ve never done a kettlebell workout I encourage you try it for yourself and let me know how much you love it!
8. Practice gratitude every day.
Practicing gratitude has this amazing way of transforming your thoughts and reframing your life in a positive way. Aim to speak words of gratitude to at least one person a day.
Write in a gratitude journal. It doesn’t have to be fancy; a simple notebook will do. I bought my latest journal at Wal-Mart for under $2…and it’s cute. Be thankful for the special people in your life as well as all the little things.
I highly recommend reading Ann Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifts for inspiration.
9. Cut down on EMFs.
We are exposed to harmful EMFs every day from:
- power lines
- cell phones
- microwave ovens
- old metal plumbing
- electrical appliances
- smart watches
- wireless routers
This year I’m focusing more on earthing or grounding and taking regular digital detoxes.
You can learn more about the hidden dangers of EMF exposure and what you can do to protect yourself.
10. Drink more water.
Increasing your intake of water, especially water with lemon has some amazing health benefits. Add fresh lemon juice or a drop of therapeutic-grade lemon essential oil to your water for an energy-boosting, refreshing beverage.
11. Be more consistent with meal prep.
Prepping ingredients all at once for the week ahead enables quick and easy meals throughout the week. Plus, you spend less time in the kitchen overall. The Beginner’s Guide To Healthy Meal Prep has everything you need to know to get started.
12. Focus on improved health, not deprivation.
Concentrate on nourishing your body with healthy, whole foods for improved health instead of counting calories. It has taken me many years to figure this out. I’m still working to make this a more consistent mindset because it’s important to me.
13. Take a daily multivitamin.
A high-quality multivitamin can fill in the nutritional gaps in your diet and give you stronger nails and healthy hair. They also provide essential vitamins and minerals to improve your overall health, protect against disease and boost your immune function.
If you saw how many supplements I take every day some of you would freak out…But if you don’t want to go all out, simply taking a multivitamin is perfect.
14. Move more!
Walk. Run. Jump. Swim. Lift. Peddle. Row. Dance.
It really doesn’t matter what you do as long as you’re moving. So do something fun!
15. Get regular checkups and health screenings.
Making your health a priority is vital and visiting the doctor for regular checkups is part of the equation. Check out the infographic below for valuable information about preventive screenings you need at different stages of life.
What health and wellness goals have you set for this year?
Please share below. I’d love to see what you guys are doing to stay healthy!
If you enjoyed this, you may want to check out:
- Top 20 Best Healthy Snacks
- Setting and Maintaining Your New Year’s Nutrition Goals
- Quick Tips For Intermittent Fasting Like A Rockstar
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