New Year, New You. The slogan you’ve heard or seen at least twice a day since January first. No matter how many times you’ve heard it, the New Year truly is the perfect opportunity to get a fresh start or improve on any habits you’re already doing. A common resolution is to live a healthier lifestyle and we’re behind that 100 percent. If you’d like to make it longer than the first full week of January, we’ve got some tips to help you along the way.
When it comes to exercising, try starting with a goal of three times a week. If you’re already going three times a week, try five. The goal is to ease into the routine so to not make the habit a dreaded one, but something you look forward to accomplishing each week. For healthier eating, incorporate one vegetable or fruit in every meal. Soon, it will become a habit and you can strive for a step up by trying a Meatless Monday.
Your water intake is one of the most important aspects of any weight loss plan. Increasing water intake naturally speeds up metabolism and allows the body to better assimilate nutrients from the foods and nutritional supplements we consume. The quality of water you consume is equally as important. If you’re consuming water with chemicals like chlorine, chloramine, lead or other pollutants, much of the liver’s energy is spend on filtering contaminants instead of processing fat into energy. Remove the chemicals from your drinking water to ensure you are fueling your weight loss efforts with the healthiest water for optimal hydration and fat burning. Make water your primary beverage and try to consume two glasses of water before each meal.
Don’t Beat Yourself Up
We’re all human. Sometimes we will slip up and miss a day or indulge on a carb-filled meal, but if you beat yourself up on those occasions, it is likely to deter you from your change all together. Give yourself a mini reward once in a while, it will help curb the need to want to “cheat” on your diet or exercise plan. If it helps to see your progress, try Jerry Seinfeld’s productivity secret.
It is easier to stay on track when you have a support group. Making and sticking to a resolution can be daunting, but positive affirmations from friends, co-workers and loved ones definitely boosts morale. At Aquasana, we’ve joined together for a 90 day weight-loss challenge encouraging each other to eat healthier, exercise and drop body fat. A weekly weigh in marks progress and gives a little nudge for those who need it. In the end, our main focus is to become a healthier team and spread encouragement to anyone who seeks it.
Best of luck!