A new year, a fresh start.
The beginning of another year always feels like the perfect opportunity to set big goals, pick a ‘theme‘ for the upcoming twelve months or create healthy new routines. But dreaming away and making plans is the fun part – actually realizing your goals is a lot more challenging.
Making New Year’s resolutions has gotten a bad reputation, because so many of us fail to quit smoking, lose weight or hit the gym on a regular basis once the initial motivation and excitement wears off. It’s not surprising that we often don’t succeed in our efforts, since we tend to get carried away with ambitious goals we want to achieve in no time. Real change doesn’t happen overnight; it takes clear intentions, realistic expectations and setting yourself up for success – plus a good dose of perseverance and luck.
Now, I’d hate for you to set your New Year’s resolutions because you feel you need to improve yourself in order to be ‘good enough’. No matter your size and shape, health, abilities and all your quirks, you are perfectly fine just the way you are now.
But I also know what it’s like to wish you were fit, strong and able enough to make that once in a lifetime trip with your lover or dance on your best friend’s wedding. To hope your brain fog would clear so you can study and take driving lessons. If you want less pain and more energy, less worries and more happy moments, less dependence and more mobility, setting goals the right way can surely help improve the quality of your life.
That’s why I rounded up my best articles from the archives, packed with science-backed tips on how to build healthy habits and tried-and-tested ideas for eating healthier, moving more and stressing less.
And hopefully this will be the year in which you’ll transform your health for good, one baby step at a time.
Moving Your Body
Most of us drive to work, sit behind a desk all day, before we go home again to chill out on the couch. Apparently, the average adult spends 9,3 hours sitting down – and it’s slowly killing us. Have a look at 19 small ways for you to move more often.
Pain, fatigue and limited mobility can make it hard to move around, let alone stick to a regular exercise routine. In this blog post, a few of the finest fitness experts share their best advice on how to overcome these common barriers to physical activity when you’re chronically ill.
Slouching and poor posture doesn’t just affect your appearance and spinal health; research shows that how you carry yourself also impacts your energy levels, mood and ability to focus. So straighten up and start your day with this power pose!
Rest & Relaxation
Getting plenty of shut-eye is the foundation of a good health. But following the standard sleeping advice is not always sufficient when you have a medical condition, your baby is keeping you up all night or when you work night shifts. If that’s the case, try these 6 unconventional tips to beat insomnia naturally.
Did you know that changing the way you look at a stressful event can therefore change your experience of it – and the effect it has on your wellbeing? Check out how your own thoughts can lessen the negative impact daily hassles have on your health and happiness.
What if you would spend the small pockets of spare time during your busy day doing something that truly recharges your body and mind, instead of scrolling through your social media feed – again? Have a look at 7 mindful practices to quickly de-stress and renew your energy.
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