January marks a return of the infamous ‘New Year, New You’ platitude, as well as overwhelming new exercise membership deals and quick diet fads. If all the good food and long December weekends have you feeling sluggish, here are three achievable ways to get back on track this January:
Exercising is one of the best things you can do for your body. Find an activity that you love to do and engage in simple mindful movements of yoga or stretching can help energize you for the rest of the day, burn off some holiday weight and reap the feel-good benefits of endorphins.
Here’s some tips to keep going:
- Scheduling your workouts in advance
- Set weekly goals and reward yourself each time you succeed
- Work out with friends or family for added motivation
Eating clean, nutritious food helps you feel energized throughout the day. A balanced meal of protein, healthy fats and complex carbohydrates will leave you feeling full and help you to power through the afternoon slump. In addition to drinking a recommended amount of eight to ten glasses of water.
- Add freshly squeezed lemon to your water to alkalize your body, rev up your metabolism and curb cravings throughout the day
- Practicing meatless Monday or experimenting with a different grain in your rice bowl
- Loading up on water-heavy foods such as cucumber, strawberries, lettuce and peppers to help your body to recover
- Incorporate more probiotics and prebiotics supplements to boost immunity and improve overall gut health. Natural sources include yogurt, kefir, kimchi, miso and tempeh
Staying up late and sleeping in the next day can throw everything out of order. Proper sleep heals, provides energy, promotes balance, curbs cravings and even counter inflammation.
Tips for great sleep:
- Invest in a good aromatherapy diffuser and essential oils to set the scene for sleep
- Reduce caffeine and alcohol 6 hours before bedtime
- A cool room between 16-19 Celsius helps keep your body at the right sleeping temperature
- Use earplugs and eye masks to help you fall asleep. To mask disturbing noises, invest in a white noise machine