New Year, New You
By Sarah Fulton | HealthCorps Coordinator 2018 – 2019
‘Tis the season for health kicks, gym memberships, and restrictive calorie intakes. It’s officially 2019 and time for the new year, new you. Twenty-five pounds, 10,000 steps, juice diets, all seem so simple. Right?
Unfortunately, it’s much easier said then done. Just ask the twenty pounds I was supposed to lose last year or the chocolate chip cookies I enjoyed last night. Dieting, restricting, and impossible goals can be the down fall to 2019 and your positive self-esteem.
So, before we lose that positive self-esteem, here are FIVE simple tips to start and end your 2019 with a bang.
- Try new fruits and vegetables. – Fruits and vegetables are full of many important vitamins and minerals. They are also low in calories. Ten cups of spinach are equivalent to one McDonald’s small fry.
- Try healthier food options. Avoid fast food. – Fast food, or convince food, can be very harmful to our health. It can cause heart attacks, strokes diabetes, and even weight gain. Instead of Lay’s potato chips, try popcorn or fruit. Instead of a Big Mac with fries, try a ham sandwich with fruit or a chicken Caesar salad.
- Drink water. Avoid sugar sweetened beverages. – Sugar sweetened beverages, more commonly known as Coke, sweet tea, and Gatorade, are full of empty calories and lots of sugar. One Mountain Dew contains 290 calories and 77 grams of sugar (19 tsp of sugar). Instead try water, I promise your body will thank you.
- Exercise. – Find something you enjoy. Walk your dogs, go for a run, play a sport. Just 10,000 steps a day can burn almost 2,500 calories, boost your brain power, strengthen your bones, fight off diseases, and help with sleep.
- Focus on yourself. Practice self-care. – Remember to always focus on yourself. Stress can lead to an increase intake of calories and weight gain. Enjoy a movie, read a book, walk on the beach, pet a puppy. Do what you need to stay you.