Another New Year has arrived and that means new beginnings. I gave up making New Year Resolutions a couple of years ago for several reasons, which you can read about here. Instead, I started to concentrate on a life plan – something that would be consistent. We all start off with NY resolutions with great gusto only to find that by end of January (if we are really trying) our resolve has left and we fall back into back habits.
This year, my word is THRIVE and through my personal experience and those of my guest writers in the Over 50 & Thriving Series, I hope to encourage and inspire you to THRIVE in your own life.
One of the most important parts of thriving is to ensure that our health and well being are in tip top shape. This year, I’m joining with Natalie from Natalie The Explorer & Leslie from Once Upon A Time, Happily Ever After, for Wellness Wednesdays, a monthly link up dedicated to health and wellness. Leslie has chosen ‘Peace’ for her focus and you can read here her thoughts on Setting Her Wellness Goals for 2018
So let’s get started with some goals for 2018! Not sure where to begin?
Thriving through good health and wellbeing
Being healthy means not just health in body but also mind and spirit. So I’d like to share some ideas to get you started on thriving through good health and wellbeing.
Consistency is the key
It doesn’t matter how often you want to exercise (although 4-5 times per week, for 30 minutes is optimal), how much weight you would like to lose or whether you want to have less stress or anxiety in your life, CONSISTENCY is the key. Find something you enjoy – just move! You need to make being healthy a lifestyle not just a quick fix diet or exercise program that promises miracles but delivers short term results.
Make a plan
To be consistent you need to make a plan and STICK TO IT! I’m old fashioned and like to write things down so I make a plan of my weekly exercise program and put it on the fridge so I can tick off when I’ve done it.
If you are wanting to lose weight, don’t starve yourself! Cut out the ‘treats’ and make healthier food choices. You might like to read my article Diet is a Dirty Word – Why Fad Diets don’t work long term. Make sure your pantry and fridge are stocked with good, nutritious food and you set up some prep time each week. This will avoid falling down and grabbing an unhealthy snack or meal because you weren’t prepared with a healthy option.
Treat yourself to some work out gear
Recently, I was sent some active wear from HydroChic to try. It is amazing how motivated you feel just putting on some active wear. You just want to workout and it makes you feel good. I love this outfit because it is so colourful and I plan to use it in my fun runs this year – You will certainly see me coming! You can read more about the benefits of HydroChic here and I plan to write a review in the next few weeks.
Investing in good workout gear and especially shoes if you plan to run or walk, is important to provide comfort and give yourself a boost. Good shoes also help prevent injury.
So what is my plan for 2018?
Exercise – 4 -5 times per week including two runs with my Saturday Sisters (the ladies I run with), yoga, pilates and light weight training.
Choose healthier eating options – I want to be alcohol free Monday to Friday and choose to healthier food options. I will indulge a little on the weekends but not to undo all the good work for the week. We have to treat ourselves though otherwise life would be dull. Of course, you could treat yourself with a new outfit, a massage or facial as an alternative. They sound like a good idea to me!
Mental Health – return to my daily morning ritual which I let go towards the second half of last year. Taking a few moments each morning to reflect and give thanks plus just enjoy clearing my mind before the day takes over.
Spiritual Health – enjoying my family and friends and doing more to bring happiness and joy to my life. That includes giving back to others which can be so rewarding.
Now over to you – how will you be Thriving through good health and wellbeing in 2018?
Let’s Keep Sizzling!