Sometimes we’re more focused on the number on the scale rather than our overall health and happiness. It’s time to take a step back and reevaluate because only focusing on your weight can lead to cycles of losing and regaining the weight, lower self-esteem, and an obsession with body image. It’s better to direct your focus toward lifestyle changes than weight loss diets because most of the time they don’t work. With the new year in full swing, it’s the perfect time to make smarter decisions when it comes to your health. Here are eight fitness resolutions not based on losing weight.
Get more sleep.
This resolution is basic and easy to implement. It’s time to really commit to those solid eight hours of rest. Getting enough sleep improves memory, can help you live longer, reduces inflammation, lowers stress levels, and improves your mood.
Cut back on sugar.
This resolution is one of the harder ones to practice. When we pick foods, we tend to solely focus on the fat content than anything else. If not burned off, a lot of that added sugar will turn into fat. It may seem healthy, but really you’re doing your body more harm than good. Always check the label and your daily sugar intake before choosing food.
Limit sodium intake.
This is another tricky food. The average American consumes more than 3,400 milligrams in a day. That number needs to be cut in half. Too much sodium can lead to heart disease and high blood pressure. Focus on flavor by choosing spices and herbs that aren’t salt-based.
Perfect the pushup or pullup.
I don’t know about everyone else, but I don’t know if I’ve ever done a perfect push up true to form. I’ve always done the modified pushup. This year it’s time to practice that perfect pushup and set a goal for how many you want to accomplish in a row.
Run a race.
How many of us have signed up for a 5K or set a goal for running a marathon? It’s time to finally commit. Sign up for the race with plenty of time to train so you can finish strong. There are plenty of apps and videos that can get you started.
Climb a mountain.
I’ve always wanted to be the girl that hikes, but it’s easier said than done. I’m not talking about Mount Everest or anything, but starting out small and working your way up is a good plan. It can be physically demanding, so put in time to train. The best part? There will be an amazing view waiting for you at the top.
I’ve always wanted to do a split for as long as I can remember. It’s so important to take time to stretch before a workout and after because it improves your joints and muscles. Adding yoga workouts between your regular workouts will benefit your wellness way into your older age.
Drink more water.
Out of all of these resolutions, this has to be the most important one. While diets can be problematic (I’m talking to you Keto), hydration is not. While it can be annoying going to the bathroom a million times a day, your body will thank you. Work your way up to drinking a gallon a day for optimal hydration.
Written by: Julie Jernigan