Healthy New Year 1 – Plan
It is that time of year again, when people make all sorts of new year’s resolutions.
Often they are about ‘getting fit’ (again?) or going back to the gym or losing weight. In fact, Wikipedia – let’s face it, the font of all knowledge that we can trust, has the top two ‘popular goals’ as health related.
- Improve physical well-being: eat healthy food, lose weight, exercise more, eat better, drink less alcohol, quit smoking, stop biting nails, get rid of old bad habits
- Improve mental well-being: think positive, laugh more often, enjoy life
‘Resoluton’, though, is cheap (revolution is often not but that’s another story), and if you really want to achieve your health-related goals, you are going to have to plan carefully.
Being healthy isn’t something that will happen overnight. Healthy is a way of life, not a week’s holiday from the junk. If you really want to be healthy, you need to be committed to it and just like the Christmas excesses, you can often bite off more than you can chew, and then you either get bogged down or give up and both of those mean you won’t achieve what you really want; so you need to plan properly!
A healthy body leads to a healthy mind, so the two (seemingly from Wikipedia) most popular healthy goals go hand in hand, with the first leading to the second.
This month, my aim is to provide you with the definitive guide to improving your health and wellbeing in 2015. Make 2015 a healthy year.
I’m not much of a planner, but over the last 12 months I’ve learned how to plan better and it has meant that overall, my life is better organised, I achieve more and I’m disappointed less often.
This post is all about the plan – making clear action points of what you wish to happen in 2015 to realise your health related resolutions.
Work out what you want to do and then see if anything coming up in January is going to be useful for your healthy new year.
Here’s the plan for the series.
- The Plan (this one)
- Tweaks and ‘Cheats’
Plan achieved, how about you make yours?
Pick out the things you like the look of from the list above and make a plan for making 2015 a healthy year. For example, you might exercise loads but still eat rubbish, or you might have great nutrition but exercise is sparse. Maybe you do neither or perhaps both and yet other lifestyle elements are out of balance.
Write your plan (or pointers) on a bit of paper, stick it on to the fridge or mirror (or both) to remind you, then change the location of it every week because otherwise you’ll stop seeing it. As I develop this series, you can populate your plan with the information and guidelines that I share and by February, you’ll be well on the way to creating a healthy or healthier year.
Then put reminders into your smartphone or tablet device to trigger your memory for what you are going to do. If you’re anything like me, you’ll forget, so make them recurring reminders for every day.
Lastly, It wouldn’t be fair if I didn’t do it with you so I’ll list my aims and objectives to be more healthy in 2015 as I go along.
6 articles in January! Do you think I can do it?
Here goes for healthy.