With 2020 upon us, most of us are already a few days into our New Year’s health and fitness resolutions. However, statistically, many people tend to neglect or bow out of these resolutions by the end of January. While there are a plethora of fitness-related goals that you may have for the New Year, many of us make the goal that we want to shed a few pounds. We’ve enjoyed the holidays and all its delicious food and now it’s time to switch the focus back on ourselves. Instead of dropping these goals you made for yourself, there are a few simple things that you can do that can easily help you maintain your resolution. Keep reading to learn more!
Drink Your Water
If you’re trying to embark on any type of health or fitness-related goal for 2020, drinking enough water should be a top priority of yours. About 75% of the general population isn’t drinking enough water a day. Typically, doctors tend to recommend around 8 glasses a day, which is pretty easy to get in if you track it. When you’re drinking enough water, your body is able to function properly. Getting your recommended dosage can also help combat junk food cravings, prevent bloating, and help you feel full for longer. A lot of times, our bodies can differentiate the signals for hunger and thirst. While you genuinely may be hungry, you may also just be dehydrated. So, the next time you’re craving a sugary or high sodium snack, grab a glass and drink some water instead.
Find Healthy Ways To Manage Stress
Stress is a huge component that can affect our hunger levels. There is almost always an emotional component behind cravings (aka that extra-large pizza we all eat after a breakup). Of course, you should treat yourself to your favorite meals now and then, but many times unhealthy eating patterns can be linked to some type of emotional stress you may be feeling, even if you’re unaware of it. Try finding healthy ways of coping with your stress, and this doesn’t always have to be exercise-related. Doing something as simple as practicing breathing exercises, reading a good book, journaling, or even taking a 20-minute nap can help! If that’s not doing the trick, it’s always a good idea to talk to a medical professional.
Get More Sleep
Just like water intake, many of us aren’t getting in our recommended seven to eight hours of sleep per night. Now we understand that life isn’t always as forgiving, especially when it comes to hitting the hay at 9pm but start prioritizing your sleep. When you don’t get enough sleep, it doesn’t allow your body to fully recover from whatever activity you did that day, exercise or not. It can also cause hormone imbalances. Cortisol is one of the main hormones that can be affected, which may be causing you to crave unhealthy foods. To be honest, you’ll be amazed at how much better you feel when you’re getting enough sleep. Trust us, that extra Netflix episode can wait!
For everything health and fitness related, make sure that you’re visiting your local gym in Lees Summit, Shredd KC. We have everything you need to conquer your goals this year, including our six week shredd program. From group fitness, personal training, and nutrition advice, we have it all! Connect with us today to learn more.