It’s still the beginning of 2021, and there’s plenty of time to get back into a healthy, beneficial routine. The month of love doesn’t always have to be celebrated between two people. Instead, it can be a time to love yourself, focus on what helps you stay motivated and prioritize your mental and physical health such as weight loss goals or getting adequate sleep. So, whether you’re single or in a relationship, everyone can benefit from a little sense of renewal. Here are a few effective tips and tricks to help you get back in the groove.
1. Get moving, but take breaks when necessary
When you’re feeling tired, sometimes the best thing you can do is to get up and get moving, even if it feels impossible. Many people are still working from home, which likely only requires a small commute from your bed to your desk. Try to create a routine each day that involves some sort of movement whether that’s a virtual yoga class or even just the weekly trip to the grocery store.
Everyone’s had a morning when they’ve hit the snooze button one too many times — especially in the winter. It takes everyone a little bit of time to ease out of bed each morning, but it’s best to get in the habit of moving around to get endorphins running. Take that extra time in the morning to get your blood flowing.
On the other hand, it’s easy to get caught up in a daily routine and go through the motions without allowing yourself to recharge. Overworking your brain can be a major cause of stress and anxiety especially if you’re stuck at home with little social interaction. Remember to breathe and remind yourself that it’s okay to take a break. Read a book, call a friend or family member, watch an episode of your favorite show to relax the brain. Everyone feels their best when performing at their peak ability, but this requires resting your brain in the middle of your day.
2. Consider fitness goals
Fitness doesn’t always mean heavy lifting or intense cardio. Each person’s level of fitness is a personal journey that depends on their goal. For some, daily exercise consists of stretching and light cardio to maintain balance, flexibility and endurance. However, this routine may look a little different for those wanting to increase strength and muscle volume.
It’s important to consider what you’re looking for and what you want to gain from exercise. In order to know what practices are most beneficial to your specific goals and unique body type, it’s best to consult a professional.
What many people look for when considering fitness goals is weight loss. Unfortunately, this can be the hardest goal to work towards on your own and without the knowledge of an expert. Our Medical Weight Loss Program provides extra support from our nurses and doctors who will guide you through this process. From nutritional counseling to weekly progress reports, our team makes your Medical Weight Loss plan as personalized as possible to help you see true results.
Winter tends to be the time to lose energy for fitness-related goals, but use the month of love as a time to power through. Whether that means starting slow, or jumping right in, working towards fitness goals is a great way to start your journey to self-love and self-confidence.
3. Take daily vitamins
While many of us rely on meals to receive our daily dose of vitamins and minerals, these nutrients can be easily missed without the right diet. To ensure your body gets all the essential vitamins it needs, start a routine of daily vitamin supplements.
This is particularly important for those with chronic pain and illnesses. According to Harvard Health Publishing, people with Celiac disease or Crohn’s disease may lack necessary vitamins by avoiding foods that trigger their symptoms. Additionally, those with dietary restrictions or preferences such as vegans or vegetarians are likely to miss out on many essential nutrients that come with a balanced diet.
It’s important to consult your primary care physician about your regular dietary habits and what important vitamins and minerals your body may be lacking. On a day-to-day basis, these are a few of the most essential nutrients our bodies need:
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