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Like so many others, my list of goals for 2016 includes getting healthier and more fit. I want 2016 to be my year to become the best version of me health, work, and blog-wise. In 2015, I really began to take a look at my overall health and fitness and honestly, I was a bit discouraged by what I saw.
Since getting spinal surgery at 13, I’ve never been able to gain much weight without it becoming a concern for my spinal health. But just because I have been told time and time again to watch my weight for my spine, that doesn’t mean that I’ve put as much dedication and hard work into my health as I should have been.
The truth is, I let my fitness slide. It wasn’t until this past summer that I began to really feel energy and enthusiasm to get my fitness level up again. I began planning weekend hikes rather than just lunches on patios, and walking the seawall became my favourite afternoon pastime.
I am looking at 2016 as an opportunity to delve even further into my personal health. I want this year to be the start of a new commitment to myself and my overall health. Since I am taking such a refined look at my health in 2016, I wanted to share a few things that I have been doing lately to help get you all kick-started on your health journey as well!
This may seem like an obvious one, but the truth is that so many of us do not own a 1L water bottle! I’ve been a water addict since I was young, so going without a water bottle was never an option for me – but in the last year or so, I’ve found that drinking my usual 2L of water throughout the day has been less and less a priority for me. I have now given myself a personal quota: 1L of water before lunch, and the second after lunch – but before I leave the office.
On and off throughout the last few years, I have challenged myself to swap out my morning coffee for a yummy herbal tea. When I say the word “challenge” I truly mean it, it’s hard to drop something from your daily diet that is thought as as such a staple. I love my morning coffees, but now and again I feel dropping it from my routine helps shake up my daily diet enough to drop a few extra lbs.
I’m the worst for this. Each and every day I tell myself that rather than take the elevator up to my apartment that I’ll take the stairs – and each day, I take the elevator. Bad on me! But, one of my resolutions for 2016 is to skip the elevator and include the quick run up the stairs to my apartment into my daily routine. Challenge yourself to do the same (I mean, unless you live on level 30 or something!) to include healthy activities into more of your day.
Getting motivated to exercise can be a challenge, but one easy way to make it more fun and exciting to do is by turning it into a social situation. Rather than calling up your friends for a dinner out, or for a wine night – invite them out to a workout class. Let them know you’re focusing on your health and would love their support! Chances are your friends will be encouraged to take a look at their own health and fitness while also wanting to support you on your journey. This will create a really supportive circle for you and your friends in regards to all of your health and fitness goals.
Once you’ve shared that fitness is a goal of yours with your friends, it’s likely that one or more will want to join you on the journey towards better health. Fitness buddies are great to have. Having an open relationship with a friend to exchange healthy recipes, go to classes with, take hikes with, and shares struggles is a really powerful way to power through obstacles and gain motivation. While some friends may come with you to a class here and there, it’s always more motivating and gives a sense of accountability to have that one friend who is taking health as seriously as you are.
In the morning, it’s really easy to resort to unhealthy quick meals. Bagels, muffins, or fast-food become our AM go-tos when really those foods are doing nothing good for our health. When it comes to quick healthy meals try blending up your breakfast! You can easily pre-make a smoothie by adding your ingredients into the blender the night before and simply adding the liquid + blending it up in the AM.