If you plan on having a healthy lifestyle in 2022, you’ve come to the right place. 2022 is nearly here. Exciting, isn’t it? I don’t know about you, but I get a little bit of excitement building in the pit of my stomach. It’s that feeling that something amazing might happen. Next year could be better than this year, so it’s worth getting a little bit pumped up, whatever happens. Check out these five tips to get you started on the right track!
Ok, to be clear, I’m not telling you to blow up your snack cupboard. But I am telling you to give it a serious hard stare in 2022. It doesn’t matter how healthy we are. We all have the little treats that make us lick our lips just thinking about them. You can enjoy your treats through the festive break, and you deserve it! However, as the year comes to an end, you need to start thinking about a healthy lifestyle.
Take a long hard look at that cupboard and decide, is it really your friend?
You’ll realise that it isn’t a good friend with any luck. It has served its purpose for the end of the year, and now it is time to move on. Brutal, I know, but if you want to lead a healthier life, you will have to make some sacrifices. Sure, you can still have the odd treat. There’s nothing wrong with that. But you need to draw a line in the sand and decide not to step over it!
Tip #2 – Start Walking Everywhere To Have A Healthy Lifestyle
Are you a walker? If you answered yes, awesome! Do you walk every day? Hmmm, what’s your answer now? It’s not so easy to do it every day. I love walking and try my hardest to walk as often as possible. But there are always obstacles that appear every day that might stop you from going for a short walk. Plus, a short walk is all you need every day. It’s essential to exercise as you get older, to keep you fit.
Aim to walk at least once a day. It can be anywhere, as long as you get those legs moving.
New Years Day is the perfect day to start walking. Or if you are keen, you can always start from today. What’s stopping you? Clear some space in your diary and go for it. You’ll arrive back home feeling accomplished and will have already started your journey to have a healthy lifestyle. Imagine how a short 30 minutes can instantly change your life. Nice!
Tip #3 – Embrace The Power Of The Sun
The sun is incredible. It’s easy for us to forget as we see it every day and probably take it for granted. You can embrace the power of the sun to create a healthy lifestyle for yourself. The sun isn’t just there for your holidays to help you get a nice, healthy tan. It can help you in so many ways. Research conducted at the University of Edinburgh found that sunlight can even help to reduce your blood pressure.
The sun is vital in starting the process of producing Vitamin D in the body.
Vitamin D is necessary for a healthy body as it is an essential nutrient that helps us carry out critical processes inside our bodies. It helps our bones, manages our calcium levels, and significantly reduces inflammation. It also supports the immune system and helps with glucose metabolism. If you don’t get enough sun, it can affect these internal mechanisms, leading to other health problems. Aim to take a little sun every day!
Tip #4 – Eliminate Negative Things From Your Life And Create A Healthy Lifestyle
After the last couple of years, it is normal to have moments when you feel a little negative. It’s a new way of life that has become the norm, and we have all had to adapt to get by. If you look back on your life, there will be pivotal moments when you noticed your mindset affected your life. It’s hard to see these at the time, but hindsight is a wonderful thing. A positive attitude is a key to staying healthy in your mind and body.
Remember to try and stay positive on those days when things go wrong.
The American Heart Association released a scientific statement in January 2021. The research looked at the connection between psychological health, well-being, and the mind-heart-body connection. An excerpt from the report said, “Happy individuals tend to sleep better, exercise more, eat better, and not smoke.” This quote sums up the real benefits of being positive and feeling happy.
Tip #5 – Listen To Your Body And Get Enough Sleep
How many hours do you sleep on average? Do you have an average? Sleeping is a popular pastime for most of us. Who doesn’t love curling up in their bed, especially in the winter? With duvets, blankets, and fluffy pillows, it’s like paradise. But you need to make sure that you are getting enough sleep for you. You might have read reports that you need at least 8 hours of sleep per night, but everybody is different.
Take a note of the days when you wake up feeling rested and happy. How many hours of sleep did you need?
If it means you have to go to bed earlier, do it. Your body and mind will have the time it needs to recuperate from the day you have had. You can wake up in the morning feeling ready to take on the world. You’ll probably end up getting up earlier as well. It’s not a bad thing, as you can get lots of things done before starting your day. Get ready to make your sleep work for you and feel healthier as a result.
You can decide now to make 2022 your year for a healthier lifestyle. Don’t be put off by what has happened over the last few years. You can carve out a plan that works for you. You don’t have to make drastic changes all in one go. Take your time and change a few things here and there. You’ll have a higher chance of sticking with your healthier lifestyle if you move into it gradually.
- Limit your snacks.
- Walk as much as you can.
- Soak up the sun’s rays.
- Think positive.
- Sleep like a baby.
Following these five tips will give you a head start on your 2022 healthy lifestyle plan. Take it slowly, and your body and mind will enjoy the healthy transition over time. Good luck, and start enjoying a healthy year that works for you. 2022 could end up being your favourite year yet. Enjoy the healthy buzz and feel great!
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Sally Leslie is a motivational coach and speechwriter. She helps people to stay motivated and create balance in their lives. She is passionate about helping people think differently and grow. Sally also creates content for businesses, entrepreneurs, and startups. Lover of plants, freedom, and football!