Hopefully, you took the time this holiday season to enjoy time with your family and friends and eat some yummy, happy food without worrying too much about calories and overloading on carbs. Though stuffing yourself during the seasonal festivities isn't the best idea, enjoying good food with family and friends is something to be cherished. But now you are probably ready to kick back into a healthy routine, and there are some simple ways you can do just that.
Forget counting or measuring anything – diets may work for some people, but a clean lifestyle will work for everyone. So we'd like to show you some simple ways to clean up your routine after the holidays so you can gear up for the new year with energy, enthusiasm, and a happy body at the same time!
Attempt these five steps to feel great in no time:
1. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!
In case you read over that pretty quick, we'll say it again: HYDRATE. Drinking more water will help flush out toxins quicker, curb your appetite, aid in any bloating or constipation you're experiencing, and help you feel better faster. Aim to drink at least 8-10 cups of water daily.
2. Start the day with a healthy breakfast.
If you start your day with a healthy meal, you'll be more likely to continue those healthy food choices throughout the day and not be as tempted to reach for the sweets after dinner. We suggest a healthy breakfast like this to jumpstart your day: a simple veggie omelet, an apple, and a helping of sweet potato hash.
3. Clean up the kitchen.
Are there any leftover sweets sitting around in your kitchen? Time to get rid of them--and we don't mean by scarfing them down! Round up all the tempting treats and clear them out. This will help you start the new year refreshed and in the right mindset to make healthy choices.
4. Go shopping for healthy foods.
Since you cleared all the not-so-healthy options out, time to stock up on all the necessities: lots of fruits, vegetables, good fats, quality protein, and whole grains.
5. Be active for 20-30 minutes a day.
During the holidays, it's understandable if you took a break from your fitness regimen. So now's the time to pick up a routine so you can stay moving, whether that be walking, swimming, hiking, strength training, or any other activity. The options are endless!
We hope you found these tips helpful as another year comes to an end. Here's to getting a head start to the new year!