Change is hard, so instead of jumping full force into your New Year’s resolution for a better, healthier, slimmer you, take it slow. Aim for one new health-promoting habit each month and by this time next year you’ll be a whole new you.
Drink more water-It sounds so simple, but drinking water helps you lose weight by helping you feel full so you’ll eat less. It also hydrates your body and flushes out toxins. Drink a minimum of eight 8-ounce cups per day, and try infusing it with fruits to add some flavor.
Stop slipping breakfast– Studies show that people who eat breakfast have a better chance of losing weight and keeping it off than those that skip breakfast. Keep it simple by having a bowl of whole-grain cereal with nonfat milk and fruit or whole wheat toast with low-fat cheese and yogurt made with your yogurt maker.
Get more sleep– Getting your ZZZs helps your body fight off illnesses like the cold or flu, and may lower your risk of heart disease and diabetes. Try to aim for 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night. Use the Garmin Vivofit 3 from Buydig.com to help monitor your rest when you sleep.
Keep a food journal– Writing down what you’re eating will help you to spot and replace unhealthy habits with healthy habits by making you more aware of what you’re eating.
Take a walk– Walking is free, doesn’t require any equipment and can be done anywhere. You need 30 minutes at a brisk pace per day, and the Garmin Vivosmart from Buydig.com will help you keep track of your steps taken and calories burned along the way while also mapping out your walk.
Eat more fruits and veggies– Low in calories and full of fiber, you can’t go wrong eating more of these. You’ll have an easier time maintaining your healthy weight while also preventing many diseases like diabetes, heart disease and some types of cancer.
Change portion size– Your eyes are sometimes bigger than your stomach. Trade your large dinner plate for smaller lunch plate to save calories and cut portions.
Less meat– You don’t have to give it up completely, just try to eat meat for two meals per week. Eating less meat, especially red, may lower your risk of heart disease and cancer. When you do add meat to your meal, prepare it by grilling instead of frying.
Find a workout buddy– If you work out with your friend, that may increase your motivation for exercise because it’s much more interesting and fun. Of course friendly competition using your Garmin Vivosmart never hurt anyone either.
Unplug and unwind– It’s very hard to relax when constantly getting calls, emails, and messages. Heavy technology use may lead to an increased risk of depression, stress and sleeping disorders. Make time for yourself and for connecting with your loved ones.
Take a year and try to form these new habits slowly one at a time. Stick with every habit and find a better you soon.