Keeping your health goals on track is no easy feat – especially when the holidays are upon us. Shorter days make it more difficult to get moving and colder temps have us dreading to bundle up just to get to the gym. Luckily, there are some fail-proof approaches and simple wellness tips to help you crush your goals no matter what season it is.
1. Keep Up With Your Progress. This one might seem obvious, but it’s usually sort of a ‘back-burner’ thing for me: check in with your goals. Whether you make new health goals weekly, monthly, or yearly, assess them often and give yourself an honest report. It’s 100% okay if you did not reach all (or any!) of your goals, just being aware of that will help you stay on track or get back on track if needed.
2. Eat a Healthy Breakfast. If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a thousand times. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It kick-starts your metabolism and helps give you the energy you need to have a healthy and productive day. If you’re like me and you don’t have a lot of time in the mornings, opt for a protein-filled breakfast smoothie. I like this Rise + Shine smoothie from Barre3, but I made one adjustment because I am not a fan of bananas. I supplemented bananas with avocado for extra-delicious creaminess and no banana taste (sorry, banana lovers). Here’s my recipe:
1 cup frozen blueberries
1 cup spinach/kale
1 tbsp almond butter
1 tbsp maple syrup (pure)
1 tbsp flax seed
½ tsp cinnamon
1 cup water
3. Don’t Skip Sleep. There are a number of reasons we want to skip sleep. It’s busy season at work, the newest season of Stranger Things was just released (just one more episode, I swear), home life is hectic, etc. As tempting as it may be to stay up late into the night, try your hardest to get 7-8 hours of sleep so that you have the energy you need and your body has ample time to repair itself from any workouts.
4. Put Your Phone Down. Set some time each day or night where you can comfortably forget about your cell phone. I like to make sure I am not tethered to my phone at night and have a ‘No Cell Phones’ in the bedroom rule. Forgoing the endless scrolling means you are allowing your brain to tell you when it’s time to hit the hay versus powering through to send one…more…email…
5. Add Supplements. Anything from probiotics for your gut health to a gummy vitamin for a glowy complexion can have a big impact keeping your health in check. A good supplement can help ensure you are not deficient in any one area especially during times when social activities and festivities might make healthy eating a bit more difficult. I really like HUM nutrition for their expansive line of easy-to-swallow supplements. This double pack is my current go-to.