Im not a huge fan of new years resolutions. To me, there’s no difference between January 1st, August 14th or March 23rd etc etc etc. If you want to change your body and health, and you have a strong, compelling goal, there should be no need to wait for this ‘magical’ date in the calendar that pushes you into action.
However, I get why new years resolutions are a thing. For some it acts like a start line. The beginning of your race, so to speak. And more often than not, the Christmas/New Year period has left us over-indulged and under-moved so we make a vow to reset and get back on track.
So with that in mind, I thought I would share my top 5 MUSTS to kickstart your 2020.
Firstly, and probably most crucial…. TRACK YOUR FOOD! And I don’t mean no half-assed attempt where you guess this and guess that because guess what? Thats doomed to mislead you! Go all in! Measure out and weigh everything! And I mean EVERYTHING that goes in your gob. As I stated above, Christmas can mean extra calories, extra portions, extra everything! It is critical that we get our macronutrients back under control and where they need to be after such a period.
Secondly, MOVE! Time to get that butt into action! It can be very easy to get comfy doing little to no exercise. Now is the time to break that habit. Get back to your gym. Get back to your walking. Get back to whatever it is that spikes your motivation. The time of the couch and Christmas leftovers is finished!
Which leads me to my third point… set a goal and have a plan of action. We are currently in a unique position. I can hear you asking, “what do you mean unique?” Well, here we are at the beginning of a new decade! Its pretty awesome and provides an amazing situation. We can not only set a goal for, let’s say, 6 months, 12 months or even 2 years, but we can actually ask ourself “what do I want to look like in 2030?” I know what you’re thinking. “It’s soooo far away!” But is it? This tactic is often used by successful business people so why not use a similar strategy for your health? Setting long term goals provides a path. I won’t say a clear path because there will always be obstacles but long term goals will offer direction. Every year for Christmas my mother gives me a new calendar (always with Staffies on it), and the first thing I do is write in all my family members’ birthdays. (It’s her subtle way of making sure I don’t forget). Theres no reason why a similar strategy can’t be used for your 2030 health goal. Grab a calendar, mark in any ‘days of interest’ throughout the year that may have a positive or negative impact on your goal. For example, you could mark any functions or events that you know may be unfavourable to your health and fitness path. Or, you could mark any sporting events that you’d like to complete during the year. That way you can know well in advance of the appropriate course of action required leading up to them. This will provide tremendous motivation!
Number 4 for me is NATURE. Get out there! Mother Nature has this amazing ability to heal, replenish, restore. And I’m not talking about once a year when you’re on your Christmas holiday. Make it regular, especially during the warmer months. It could be going to the beach, going on a hike or as simple as walking around barefoot in the backyard. The magnetic energy within us connects to the earth. Utilise it! It is extremely powerful! There is a reason that people look refreshed and recharged when coming back from a holiday that included regular stints with Mother Nature. She is that powerful!
Lastly, do something that keeps you young at heart. Something that you maybe did as a child. Something that brings about laughter and smiling. For me, its skateboarding, I love it! And although at times painful, it still gives me immense pleasure. Not only that, but in trying to learn new tricks, or just get back to doing the ones I used to be able to do, I’m keeping my brain guessing. Keeping it ‘ticking over.’ Another example is while on my recent holiday to the NSW/QLD border, I was bodysurfing twice a day at the beach. This was something i’d do while on a camping holiday every Christmas with my family growing up. So there I was, an almost 42 year old catching waves from out the back, all the way into shore. Just me and the water. I had a blast! And it’s totally re-invigorating! So pick up a hobby, get back into something that gives you joy. Something that has maybe been neglected for years and years. You will not regret it!
So there you have it. My top 5 MUSTS for 2020!
Of course, there is always some smaller little habits we can implement along the way. Things like increasing water, getting more and better quality sleep, taking time to breathe and meditate, have a morning and night time routine or read more, just to name a few.
All these things in unison will ensure that your first year of a new decade gets off to the best possible start!