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Healthy Habits For 2021 and Beyond
It’s that time of the year where many of us start thinking about and planning our health and wellness goals. Any time of the year is always a good time to decide to invest in your health and wellbeing. We’re sharing some healthy habits that you can take with you into the New Year and beyond.
Take Your Vitamins
It is never too early to start taking daily vitamins. Vitamin D and Vitamin C supplements are especially important right now. However, do not overlook the importance of calcium. It is recommended that you not wait until you start to see the impact of a calcium deficiency before starting to take a calcium supplement.
Hydration is Key
Did you know that we often mistake being thirsty or dehydrated as hunger? It’s true. The next time you find yourself about to reach for a bag of chips, try drinking a glass of water first. Not only will drinking plenty of water impact your weight loss journey, but it will also support your skin and overall well-being.
It is recommended that you consume a gallon of water, or ½ of your body weight in ounces each day. For some of us, that isn’t a problem, and for some, it may be a bit challenging. Make the most out of it by investing in a fun way to make sure you’re getting enough water. FitFormula recently compared two high-end water bottles; the HydroFlask and the Simple Modern Cup. Either of these would be a great option, or you can invest in something fun like this from Amazon.
Make a Plan
Have you heard the quote: “Failing to plan is planning to fail”? There’s some truth to this. When you go into the week without a plan, you aren’t setting yourself up for success. Try planning out your meals for the week on Sunday. Or, if the week feels like too much, then plan them out through Wednesday. Another key part to plan is when you will work out for the week, and this is just as important as planning your meals. Pull out your calendar and physically pencil in the days and times you plan on working out; this alone will increase the odds of it actually happening.
Now, imagine that you go into the week without giving the above any thought. You “know” you want to eat healthier and work out that week. Which option sounds more likely to be successful?
Increase Your Protein Intake
The overwhelming majority of us do not get enough protein into our diet to support weight loss and fat loss. That’s why adding a protein supplement to your daily regimen is important. You can add a protein powder, like FitFormula’s Vegan Protein Blend, to your favorite smoothie recipe, or you can get creative with your homemade recipes. These no-bake protein bars are a great low-cost, delicious option.
As you plan your meals for the week, make sure to include protein at every meal, and consider chicken, fish, and chickpeas as three excellent protein sources.
Move Your Body
Moving your body for 30 minutes every day has a huge impact on your health. Not only does it support weight loss, but the long-term health benefits are amazing. Moving your body for 30 minutes doesn’t have to be a strenuous undertaking. You can start by simply walking around your neighborhood or the track at the local school. Start small to turn exercise into a daily habit for you.
We touched on this above, but looking at your schedule for the week and identifying when you will work out, walk, run, etc., is just as important as planning your meals for the week. Write down when you plan to exercise for the week, and just doing this simple task will increase the odds of it happening.
Find Your Community
Everything is more fun when you have a community alongside you. Do you have a friend who is interested in improving their health and wellbeing? Team up to tackle this together. Share recipes and meals for the week, or go on a walk together. Finding like-minded individuals who are on the same journey as you will make it all the more fun.
Consider searching for Facebook groups with health and wellness topics to make a couple of new ‘virtual’ friends. MyFitnessPal is a great app to hold you accountable for tracking your food, water intake, and exercise.
Healthy Habits For 2021
At FitFormula, we are so excited for the New Year and to bring you new supplements that will get you even closer to your health and wellness goals! Be on the lookout for the launch of our stimulant-free pre-workout and post-workout products.