While each and every day is the perfect opportunity to implement change for the better, it is understandable that the beginning of a new year may seem an appropriate time to really focus on the new healthy behaviours we want to build on.
Has there been a new healthy behaviour you’ve adopted these past few weeks as part of your New Year’s resolution? Have you stuck to your resolutions?
This January, we have been asking ‘How Are Your New Behaviours?’ A new decade is as good a prompt as any to develop new health habits. Throughout January we’ve been getting into the nitty gritty of why our bodies need at least one month to adopt new behaviours and how you can make small changes that will help form lasting change and help us be healthier.
There are varying pieces of research to suggest how many days it takes to adopt a new healthy behaviour. If we can set realistic goals and implement change in our lifestyle every single day for a month whilst motivation is high, then we are confident that this will set us in good stead to change our behaviours.
We are all about small, realistic and maintainable lifestyle changes as opposed to drastic diet fads which will only leave us feeling defeated and down when they inevitably don’t stick. As we all know, preparation is key to success.
So, this year, with a brand-new decade ahead of us, think about your end health goal and start to plan what it is exactly that you would like to implement as your lifestyle change!
Remember, this is something we want to continue for life, so there is no point in choosing something that is simply unrealistic or going to make you miserable.
The best way to do this is to make sure our goals are SMART (Specific Measurable Attainable Realistic Time-bound)
So here are some of our ideas of SMART goals to help you get started!
Want to eat a balanced meal?
How about starting with adding 2 portions of veg to your day? This can be as a snack during the day (for example celery sticks or peppers) or bulk up your pasta sauce with some minced carrots or courgette ribbons. Overtime you can increase this more until you’re up to 5 fruit and veg a day.
Want to be more active?
Let’s start with doing 15 minutes of physical activity 3 times per week. This could be during your evening telly time or going for a short walk at lunchtime. When you have been doing this a while you can either build up the time (so exercise for longer) or add more physical activity to your week.
Want to drink less sugar?
We can start by reducing the amount of sugar in our tea or coffee by a teaspoon a week. Soon you’ll notice a reduction in your sugar intake.
Want to be smoke free?
No better way than setting a quit date with the support of our Stop Smoking advisor. Through ONE YOU, you will get to meet a Stop Smoking advisor one to one for 6 weeks, and who can also help you figure out which medication works best for you.
So, let’s get started!
At ONE YOU we will support you adopt new behaviours to help you reach your health goal! Sign up now to see one of our friendly advisors who are here to give you a helping hand!