Many of us wake up on January 1st with a list of goals that we would like to accomplish or change with a new year. Perhaps the biggest New Year’s resolution for a majority of people is top tackle health: lose weight, eat better, exercise more. So, why do so many of us fail to get there?
One problem is our resolutions are often vague and easy to forget. Resolving to lose weight without a plan or defining steps to get there means we are most likely to end up saying the EXACT same thing one year later.
Another problem is we don’t get help to make our intentions happen. Our household has certainly been guilty of this, particularly if getting help was an added expense to the family budget.
So, here are some of our favorite ways to kickstart those health goals while still staying frugal.
Define your steps to get there
First up, your only supplies are a pencil and paper. Heck, you could even use the notes section of your iphone. But write out specific actions you can take to meet your new health intentions. Want to lose weight? Try changing that to moving more daily or walk for 30 minutes 3 times per week. Creating specific, measurable goals will help you see your progress and keep you focused.
Support your preferences
Do you really want to give up wine altogether or workout at 5 AM on a regular basis? Probably not. Instead of aiming to do a complete 180, look for ways to increase the preferences you already have that can still help you reach your goals. For example, if you love walking but tend to wimp out in cold weather, maybe you just need new gear. Shop outlets and invest in a decent jacket, gloves or hat.
Maybe you find traditional gyms and the same workout routines boring altogether. Groupon and Living Social are ideal for finding new workouts to try. Plus, they often run 20% off on top of the already discounted rates.
Get a subscription
Another fantastic option for meeting health goals? Subscription memberships. Not only are the inexpensive, you can do them almost anywhere and access at any time. Win-win for all. Here are some highly rated ones to consider.
Find cheap or free accountability/motivational tools
Most of us need some form of accountability to keep motivated. After all, it’s easy to bargain with yourself about skipping workouts or justifying that third serving of pie (it WAS a long day). Find a co-worker or friend that you can work with to keep each other accountable. Show them your goals and then “report” back. It’s amazing how much easier it is to rally for a workout or say no to seconds when you are sharing your experiences with someone else.
If you aren’t quite ready for sharing info with someone you know, try an app or activity tracker. Fitbit changed the world a few years ago and many people still find it a valuable tool for reminding them to move regularly.
Here are 7 more FREE apps you can use too.
Focus on nutrition
Whether you want better sleep, less anxiety or to drop a few pounds shift your focus to nutrition. Trendy diets will always come and go but focusing on overall nutrition remains the number one way to improve your health. Stick to the veggies and lean proteins, reduce the processed foods and cut back on sugar in general. Simply making those changes may lead to big results over time. If you truly want more guidance or a way to search recipes, see what science considers the best diets for 2018. From there, you can easily find blogs, cookbooks, and recipes online to keep you interested.