Realistic New Year Resolutions to Upgrade Your Health in 2019
No matter how determined you are on sustaining your new year’s resolutions this year; there is a high chance you won’t be able to maintain your commitment for more than a couple of months. In fact, research tells us that around 80% of people who set resolutions at the beginning of the year give up on them before Valentine’s Day.
A lot of the resolutions made by people pertain to the improvement in their health, and include either more exercise or a significant change in food consumption patterns. However, it becomes very difficult for people to maintain their commitment to these self-promises, not because they are no longer interested in pursuing those goals, but because it becomes very difficult to adhere to the required changes.
The best way to ensure you stay committed to your goals is to set easily achievable targets, and once you achieve them, you can set targets in the following year which are a bit more intense, eventually leading up to the point where you are able to realize your goal.
For example, if your goal is to attain the most perfect beach body, then you must set targets this year which are achievable and which get you to a certain level of fitness. Eventually, after a couple of years, you will achieve the body shape of your choice. But for starters, it is best to take baby steps and set expectations accordingly.
However, having said all that, maybe you don’t need to set any goals to attain better physical fitness at all. Perhaps all you need to do is make minor tweaks in your lifestyle and you are good to go. Here are a few changes you can make without causing a significant upset in your routine.
Only Eat Within a 12-Hour Time Frame In A Day
Although most diet programs focus on making changes into the types of foods you are consuming, research has shown that simply changing the time when you consume food can make a significant difference on the kind of impact a food will have on your body. This phenomenon has to do with our body’s internal clock, which naturally goes in repair and maintenance mode during the night hours.
Allowing the body adequate time to completely focus on this natural process of repair and maintenance is essential since it is during this process that our body gets rid of all that accumulated waste generated throughout the day and also rejuvenates organs and muscles.
That is why if you eat throughout the day, even if you are eating less or healthy, then you are basically shifting your body’s focus away from this essential process to digesting food. Hence, research recommends a 12-hour time frame, which means that if you have breakfast at 8 in the morning, then you must not eat anything after 8 in the night, allowing your body 12 hours to hit the reset button.
If you are looking for a natural anti-inflammatory substance in nature, then you can rejoice since turmeric has been found to have many anti-inflammatory properties. Dieticians around the world are now recommending that people increase their dietary intake of turmeric due to its ability to shield against a variety of health issues. Don’t overdo it, obviously. Just use it as much as you use salt and pepper.
Defeat Those Unhealthy Cravings
Experts have opined that cravings are time-bound, and don’t usually last for more than 15 minutes. A tested way of beating your cravings is by going on a walk for around 8 minutes (make sure to time it), and as soon as you’re done, make your way back to the starting point. You would realize that by making this trip, you would’ve overcome your cravings.
Music is an Integral Part of Your Workout
While you may already be listening to music while working out like most people do, the fact that music is an essential part of any workout cannot be stressed enough. According to research, music has been proven to improve your workout performance, motivation, and focus. Make sure to listen to upbeat songs as slow songs may have the opposite impact on the quality of your workout.
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