Every January, we carve a list of new year's resolutions in stone to change old habits and try to form better ones. And more often than not, living a healthier lifestyle is always on top of our lists. If you're not sure exactly where to start in your journey, let this guide help you:
1. Stop comparing yourself to other people.
The very first step to setting your goals around weight loss and living a healthier lifestyle is to stop mirroring others. It's okay to follow people who have already achieved their target weights, but comparing yourself to them is a different story. As lifestyle blogger Patty Laurel puts it, “It's natural to have insecurities, so embrace whatever you have and find the confidence in that.”
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2. Start your mornings with a positive outlook.
What you think about before getting out of bed has a strong effect on how the rest of your day will go. If you have a positive outlook about what you want to achieve on that specific day, chances are you will not only claim it—you will win it!
3. Explore new workout routines.
The reason why most of us become demotivated when it comes to working out is because we keep on doing the same routine over and over again. Beauty columnist Kelly Misa shares that we should put high importance on workout variations to keep the calories burning without boring you out in the long run.
4. Relax your mind.
We know that work takes so much time off our hands that we sometimes fail to rest. But just like our body, our mind also needs a few minutes of relaxation every single day. Remember to practice mindful meditation even for a few minutes daily to give your mind some time to breathe.
5. Be mindful of what you eat.
Indulging yourself too often on alcohol and unhealthy dishes will only mean more health problems for you later. Just take your cue from TV host and entrepreneur Patti Grandidge-Herrera. She said, "When I was in my early 20s, I enjoyed nights out. This meant alcohol, late night fast food runs, and dehydration. I rarely drink nowadays, fast food is almost nonexistent in my diet, and I carry a water bottle with me wherever I go!"
6. Remember to eat a hearty breakfast.
Patty, Kelly, and Patti recognize the importance of eating a healthy breakfast to jump-start their mornings. Their favorite? Quaker Oats! Each bowl contains fiber and protein-rich "supergrains" that help give lasting energy and supercharge their day. It also has other essential vitamins and nutrients, making it the perfect breakfast for busy girls.
“It's an all-in-one source of nutrition especially to working women,” Kelly says. “I invest in good, nutritious food and try my best to prepare my meals. All women should, too.”
This article was created by Summit Storylabs in partnership with Quaker Oats.