I think it’s time for a new resolution category: healthy lifestyle.
My five resolutions are:
Drink water – Although I’m better at drinking water than I used to be, I still don’t drink enough. I did go through a phase of drinking water instead of tea when I got up in the morning and this definitely had a positive effect on my feeling of wellbeing. I’m going to aim for 1.5 litres a day in addition to water drunk when exercising.
Eat fruit – I love fruit but haven’t been buying so much recently so consequently there are days when I don’t eat any. I’m going to ensure that I have a varied supply of fruit available and eat at least one piece a day.
Limit sugary snacks to one a day – My sugar habit has gone into overdrive lately. I know that if I go for a total ban, I will be setting myself up to fail so instead I will allow myself only one biscuit, cake, chocolate bar or dessert a day. On the occasions when I have the urge to raid the biscuit tin, I will substitute fruit. I like yoghurt and fruit as a dessert so I can have this instead of a less healthy pudding.
Monitor sleep – Sleep has long been a problem for me and I know I’m not getting enough. I go off to sleep OK but wake up early, sometimes ridiculously so. I would estimate that I have about five hours a night but is this really the case? Before I try to increase the number of hours, I need to know what the true figure is. Last night my sleep was interrupted by a nocturnal drive to collect my daughter so it wasn’t a typical night. I guessed I’d had five hours but when I totted it up it came to a respectable 6.75 hours. Not bad, given the circumstances.
Do ‘unofficial’ exercise and vary ‘official’ exercise – I regularly do the following ‘official’ or organised exercise every week: 1 hour of zumba, 2.5 hours of line dancing, 2 hours of ballroom/latin dancing and 10 hours of ceroc. I also do a very occasional gym class or workout. I have heard that your body gets used to the same type of exercise and the benefits are thus reduced. With this in mind, I want to do a more varied programme of official exercise such as different classes, gym workouts using a range of equipment, and more regular swimming. I also want to maximise opportunities for ‘unofficial’ exercise such as walking, gardening or pilates or other exercise at home on days when I don’t feel like going, or can’t get to the gym.
In some respects, it’s going to be difficult to organise these resolutions as I’m off on holiday for a couple of weeks. On the other hand, a hot climate reduces my yearning for sugar and increases my desire for fruit and water. It also makes most exercise difficult and uncomfortable but swimming easier. I could wait until I get back but have decided to continue regardless and make a start now. Perhaps it will encourage me to be more creative in my efforts to keep up the momentum.
What do you do to live a healthy lifestyle? What would you like to do?