January 02, 2021 3 min read
2020 has definitely been a year which none of us will ever forget. With 2021 around the corner, there has never been a better time to close a chapter and start fresh with a brand-new outlook.
Here at Abundant Natural Health, we believe there is no one thing that is more important than health. It is our greatest commodity as a human being. To kick start a healthier you in 2021, here are a few tips from us on how to smash your new year health goals!
Determine Your Readiness
Make sure you're both physically and mentally ready to start an exercise program. Tell your doctor you want to begin a fitness regimen and you want to make sure you're healthy enough to start. Once you have been physically cleared to proceed, consider your mental readiness. How likely are you to stick with an exercise program once you begin? While there are many factors to consider, three are most significant.
You are more likely to succeed if you:
Create a Plan
Before you start your exercise program, answer three questions. First, when will you exercise? Identify three days and times that are convenient for you and stick with those days so you are working out at the same time each week. Second, what type of exercise will you do? The best type of exercise is one you enjoy. Don't worry about what everyone else is doing; pick an exercise that works for you. Choose from activities such as walking, cycling, running, swimming, weightlifting, skating, dancing, golf, handball, tennis and basketball. Third, how much time will you spend exercising? Start with as little as 10 minutes per session and slowly build up to at least 30 minutes per workout.
Bring a Friend
You may know someone who resolved to start exercising in the New Year. Begin your fitness journey together. It will increase your chances for success and you'll have more fun. For this to work, you have to find an exercise that both of you enjoy. This might be a challenge, but it's worth it since an exercise partner provides you with a support system, a positive social experience and inspiration. There will be times when you don't feel like working out and a partner can be just the motivation you need to get going.
One of the biggest problems with New Year's resolutions is they can be extremely impractical. Setting goals is a great idea, but make sure they are realistic and feasible. For example, a goal to lose 12 lbs by Easter is both reasonable and achievable. So is a goal to complete a 5K run by tax day. Conversely, a goal to complete a marathon by that date is unrealistic and potentially unsafe for newbie runners. Think of it as if you were building a house. Start slow (i.e., low intensity and duration), develop a solid foundation of fitness and then build upon that foundation as your fitness improves.
Look After Your Body
Often overlooked, you have to look after your body to be able to hit your health goals! You have to listen to your body if it is feeling lethargic or fatigued from your current training regime. Sore muscles, stiff and aching joints are common experiences when starting on a new training program. To help combat this, the Abundant Natural Health Magnesium range is perfect to help minimise this, allowing you to train to your fullest! You can check out our Magnesium Range here
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