The end of the year 2020 is approaching, a year that undoubtedly changed the world. The arrival of 2021 especially excites us, we are hoping for good news that will allow us to hug each other, travel, and enjoy the world we have, but if we learned something during 2020 it is that health is the greatest gift we can have. That is why your resolutions for 2021 will surely include goals that include improving your eating habits, improving your fitness, or taking the first step to start a more active life. This is why I want to leave you these 7 tips that will help you fulfill those purposes. Manifest and believe in yourself because it’s possible to achieve them!
1. FIND YOUR MOTIVATION
The first tip that I can give you is perhaps the most important. The goals that you write must come from your consciousness, they must have a why and the motivation behind it must be something so strong that it allows you to hold on to it even on days that make you feel like you want to quit. You can have a lot of motivation from your family and friends, have a support group, but if that motivation does not come from yourself, you will leave it at some point. An example of motivation might be to improving your health exams or be ready to do a 10k race in October.
2. SMALL ACHIEVEMENTS LEAD TO BIG VICTORIES
The more specific your goals are, the more motivated you will feel to meet them. Instead of writing a general goal that may take a lot of effort, be intentional, and write monthly goals that will lead you to achieve that big goal in more of a progressive matter. Meeting those “little milestones” will bring you closer to your goal. For example, DO NOT write in your goals "be more active" you can write in January I will do at least 5,000 steps a day, in February I will do 6,000 steps a day and so on progressively. Make them measurable and set a date to make sure you can meet those goals.
3. FORGET ALL OR NOTHING
I know that in January we have the best attitude and we are motivated to meet our goals. It is okay to have bad days, good days, birthdays, celebrations, long workdays, and days with a lot of free time. Just because you have a bad day it doesn’t mean you should give up on your goals, in fact on those days try to be more mindful and do self-check-ins to make sure you are being intentional with what you need that day. If for some reason you don’t meet the daily goal that you had set and life happens, it is okay, NOTHING happens, continue to work on the goal you have and pivot. Many people tend to quit their goals at that moment and YOU must do the opposite. It is okay to pivot and work on preserving what will accompany you throughout your life, not a goal that becomes a regime that does not allow failure or bumps on the road. For example, if your goal is to do half an hour of daily exercise and you don't have enough time, get up a little earlier and do 15 minutes of HIIT exercise, it is all about finding what works best for you and taking that first step will guide you to getting to your overall goal.
4. A BALANCED DIET
It is not about throwing away all junk food packages on January 1st or never accepting an invitation to eat out again. It is about understanding what foods make your body feel better and having the 80/20 rule in where 80% of your diet comes from fresh and nutritious food and 20% corresponds to those tastes that, although they do not provide us with nutrients, they are part of our life. In this way, your goals for 2021 could be to make your desserts with real ingredients, change the sugary drinks for water infused drinks that you prepare yourself. Extra Tip: Nutrition is about balance, I recommend you try our 2FIT BRANDS Protein Bars where, in addition to providing protein and no refined sugar, they taste delicious! Check out Sonya’s video on our Instagram for tips and tricks on nutrition.
5. ENJOY DO NOT PUNISH YOURSELF
If your goal is to run 3 miles a day, but you do not enjoy running, you will most likely quit your goal sooner than you think, there are so many different kinds of sports, exercises, disciplines, and you will surely find one that makes you feel comfortable. This is why I recommend that your goals include trying several new sports and activities that allow you to stay motivated and focused. Make your goals measurable but also motivating! Push yourself but don’t overwork yourself!
6. TAKE INTO ACCOUNT MOMENTS OF REST IN YOUR RESOLUTIONS
Let's not forget that mental health is also part of a huge part of our health, planning moments of rest, sleeping between 7 to 9 hours, and giving your mind breaks also play an important role. Hormones play a supremely important factor in aspects such as weight loss, and if you want to maintain a good hormonal environment, rest is your best ally. Make sure you are being mindful! If you feel like you need to take a mental rest day, do it! Try and get into the routine of doing self-check-ins as part of your daily routine to make sure you are checking in on yourself. It is more important to take a step back and check in on how you really are feeling.
7. LET’S GIVE HEALTH TO THOSE WE LOVE
A good goal to add to our list could be to motivate someone else and to mindful of checking in on those we care about. You would be surprised at the number of people who want to improve their habits and do not know how to start, you could invite your family or friends to start new habits such as incorporating a 15-minute walk per day, show them virtual classes that are of their interest or teach them how to make their favorite desserts with healthy ingredients. These could be virtual events that you all could do together! Make them fun while also helping each other reach those goals.
With that being said, I invite you all to join me in writing down our 2021 goals! Let's be mindful and intentional with everything we write down.
I hope you have a prosperous new year! 2021 will be full of health and prosperity for you and your loved ones!