There will be no resolutions in 2021
New Year’s resolutions – we’ve all had them and we know what they are, and more often than not they set us up for failure. We set these grand goals that we expect ourselves to achieve within the first month of the year, and we don’t acknowledge the work it takes to reach that goal. We fall in love with the idea of the end goal, rather than the process it takes to get there. At Sudor, we believe that it’s not about where you’re going, but rather how you get there – which is why we believe that 2021 is not the year for resolutions. 2021 is the year for habits.
We’re not saying you shouldn’t take a break after the whirlwind of a year we have had. Obviously things will be a little more relaxed than usual but it’s important to maintain a healthy attitude during the festive season. Punishing yourself with critical and guilty self-talk is also not helpful. Let’s talk about the importance of creating a habit, and why you should start doing it before the 1st of January.
Why Healthy Habits?
It takes a bit of time and self-motivation for something to become a habit. Many individuals have stated that it takes twenty-one times of repeatedly doing something before it feels natural and unforced – but sometimes finding the motivation to stay consistent can be a challenge in itself. When we develop habits and routines, it’s a good way to conserve time and energy, but we know how they can become limiting and uninspiring over time! By creating and maintaining a routine, you’re making your day-to-day life easier for your future self – but the secret to maintaining momentum comes with adding positive changes and challenges to your day-to-day schedule.
Healthy Habits to get you started
Go to Sleep Early
As humans, our natural sleep pattern and physiological processes dictate the need for 7-9 hours of sleep – and science says that the quality of sleep that we get by sleeping from 10 pm to 6 am is far more superior than sleeping from 2 am to 10 am, despite both resulting to 8 hours of sleep. An early night does amazing benefits to your daily productivity as you have more energy to spend in the day to move around, work, and exercise with proper sleep. Not to mention the fact that it is a vital factor in muscle recovery, weight loss, and muscle gain.
Move a lot!
Unfortunately, having a desk job burns very few to zero calories despite the mental stress that we experience in work or school. Given that we spend 8 hours of the day sitting on a desk already, it’s always a good idea to keep moving to make up for those hours spent sitting. Walk to your destination if it’s less than 15 minutes away, take the stairs instead of the elevator, park a little farther, and even small stretches at your desk make the world of difference. Putting in those few thousand steps will do wonders to your cardiovascular system and general health.
Drink 2l of water a day
Before you opt for that iced tea or soda as your lunch or dinner time drink, ask yourself if you’ve drunk enough water for the day. Drinking enough water is vital to our bodily functions and it has so much benefit in helping us become more fit and healthy! It keeps our muscle energized, it’s good for our skin, it helps our kidneys, and generally improves our physical performance!
Schedule your workouts
It’s easier to be consistent when you plan things ahead. Take time every week to decide which days of the week you’re going to work out and at what time of the day.
The few weeks of working out can be hard because setting aside a few hours each day might seem to be unnatural and time-consuming. But through scheduling ahead of time, you’ll soon find yourself effortlessly prepping yourself for a workout! When it comes to building habits, there’s nothing more powerful than being consistent day by day. You don’t have to establish all of these habits at the same time. You can choose to commit to one habit only and do it consistently for a month or so before incorporating another habit. This way you’re sure to not be overwhelmed and are more likely to keep at it for the long haul.