an we take a moment to reflect on our health journey these past years? 2020 had us gorging on banana bread, 2021 had us attempting at-home CrossFit with a questionable form, and 2022/2023 had us see-sawing between salad smoothies and late-night pizza delivery. We’ve all been on a rollercoaster ride when it comes to keeping our health in check. Just when we feel motivated to meal prep and set new health goals, something derails our efforts and takes us back to the start.
The problem is, much of our previous “health kicks” have been just that – short bursts of unsustainable effort ending with us falling off the wagon. Hard. From restrictive diets that leave us hungry to punishing exercise regimes that exhaust rather than energize, we’re left on an ineffective rollercoaster with no end in sight. Rather than trying to do the extremes, this year, set some realistic health goals focused on balance, consistency, and lifestyle changes that stick.
These health tips should be your goals for 2024 to improve your quality of life…
#1. Eat the way you want to live
Rather than looking at healthy eating as a limitation, view nourishing foods as the fuel that powers your best life. Fill your grocery cart with colorful fruits, veggies, whole grains, plant-based proteins, and healthy fats that make you feel awesome. Meal prep a few Mason jar salads or grain bowls on Sundays so you always have grab-and-go options when crazy days strike. Treat yourself to that slice of homemade banana bread when you truly want it, rather than stress eating.
#2. Make exercise a lifestyle
Forget exhausting yourself trying to suddenly work out two hours a day in prep for swimsuit season. Instead, gradually increase your NEAT – non-exercise activity thermogenesis. Take regular 5-minute walk breaks, do bodyweight squats or lunges during commercials, take the stairs, and dance while you tidy up. Work towards 30 minutes of moderate cardio 3-4 times per week, doing activities you genuinely enjoy rather than dread. Bonus endorphins if you can exercise outdoors while listening to podcasts.
#3. Stay hydrated
We all love our Coke and vanilla sweet cream cold brews. But wouldn’t that Starbucks money be better spent on self-care? Gradually swap out a few sugary sips for refreshing water with lemon, fruity teas, or DIY electrolyte smoothies made with coconut water and frozen berries. Proper hydration promotes healthier skin, energy levels, and even mental clarity while decreasing inflammation.
#4. Replace sodas with smoothies
If you must satisfy your sugary buds, get your sweet fix from nutrient-packed smoothies instead. Blend up combos like strawberries, bananas, Greek yogurt, and orange juice, or go green with spinach, mango, avocado, and almond milk. Smoothies provide antioxidants, healthy fats, and fiber lacking in your Coke zeros. Gradually replace a soda a day with a homemade smoothie, thus cutting unnecessary sugar. Your tastebuds, body, and still-pending list of health goals for 2024 will thank you.
#5. Say yes to Zzzs
Sleep is (hands down) one of the most underrated components of health and well-being. Rather than burning that midnight oil, embrace earlier bedtimes. Develop a relaxing pre-bed routine, limit electronics use at night, keep your bedroom cool, and aim for 7-9 hours of sleep per night. Quality sleep boosts focus, motivation, immunity, and emotional regulation.
#6. Schedule checkups
Prevention is key when it comes to health. Don’t skip regularly scheduled doctors’ appointments and health screenings as they can help identify issues early. Monitoring health markers year-to-year ensures you’re on the right track toward your goals.
#7. Tend to mental health
Holistic wellness isn’t just physical, it also involves nurturing mental and emotional health. Enhance inner calm in 2024 through activities like therapy, support groups, mindfulness practices, setting work/life boundaries, and making space for hobbies and self-care. Here’s to inner peace and happiness!
Rather than temporary quick fixes, these sustainable health tips focused on balance and consistency compound over time. With self-compassion and commitment, small daily choices transform into optimal well-being. Here’s to crushing those health goals for 2024.
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