4 Tips to Help You Stick to Healthy Habits in the New Year

New Year Goals

New Year Goals

Are you ready to ring in the new year? 2020 will be here before you know it, and although this past month has been full of errands, sweet treats and lounging around watching Christmas movies, it will all be over soon! Getting back to reality can stink. But, it can be even worse if you end up falling out of your health routine.

The holidays are full of family, fun and activities. But, we often hear our patients talk about how they’ve been in a rut these past three weeks, without motivation to go back to working out and eating right. This mindset can continue on into the new year, and resolutions can be abandoned just as quickly as they began.

But there are things you can do to help you avoid the rut!

We’ve put together four things that will keep you on track to achieving your goals and staying healthy right into the new year.

Self Care

Although we try hard to exercise and keep a balanced diet, this time of year can be very hectic and our progress can get lost along the way. We understand that sticking to your usual routine can be difficult when the day starts to get packed with unexpected tasks and last minute errands- it happens to the best of us. If your routine gets thrown out the window around the holidays, you should try setting aside ten minutes of ‘me time’, allowing you to recharge and stay focused.

Offer Healthy Options

Whether you’re throwing the holiday party, or just attending, the buffet table doesn’t only have to consist of sweet treats and fatty foods. If you’re having people over for the holidays, create a table full of healthy options. Of course balance is key. So it’s not the end of the world to include a decadent dessert. Providing a majority of healthy foods will ultimately prevent you (and your guests) from being tempted by a large amount of desired delicacies. Even if you’re invited to the party. Choose to bring a wholesome dish will guarantee that you keep on track with a balanced diet, even if the host has only provided unhealthy options.

Incorporate Citrus Into Your Diet

Detoxing in the morning is always a great way to begin the day. Adding lemon to a warm glass of water will provide your body the vitamins and antioxidants it needs. This is especially important when you’re running on little sleep and having longer than normal days (typical around the holidays). This even has the power to boost your metabolism to kick start your busy day.

Keeping a pitcher of water with cut up lemon in your fridge at all times will make it easier to get that glass of water in whenever you have the time. If you aren’t a fan of lemon, substitute it with cucumber or mint! And since everyone seems to suffer from a cold this time of year, you can reduce the chance of getting ill by adding a teaspoon of honey to your drink as well.

Switch Up Your Eating Habits

There are many healthy alternatives that can be found for most holiday foods that tend to tempt us throughout the season. Swapping regular potatoes out for sweet potatoes or spaghetti noodles out for spaghetti squash (or even zoodles) can make a huge difference. Sweet potatoes can provide essential nutrients to your body, such as vitamin A and potassium. Even swapping sugary or heavy cream drinks out for a glass of red wine can prove to be a healthier option. If you think eating healthy is boring, think again! You can always find a fun, healthy twist to put on your usual dishes.

Check out the “Health” category on my blog page for even more practical advice on how to continue to maintain your health.

If you have questions or concerns, call or text one of our PTs at 623.244.9655.

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Nick Hunter, PT, DPT

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