January seems to be the time of year that we place focus on self-improvement. This might be quitting a habit, embarking on a new career or tackling a more general lifestyle change. This could include all aspects of your life such as the food you eat down to the commute you take to work. But, an overall change to your lifestyle could unnerve some hurdles that you will need to overcome. More often than not it is these obstacles that stop us in our tracks and cause us to fail. So I thought I would share with you some of the things to consider before embarking on such a big change. I hope it helps you with your fitness and wellbeing journey this year.
Do you smoke?
Smoking is a quite a common habit that a lot of people have, but it can be detrimental to your health. The chemicals inside a cigarette are harmful and can be the resulting factor f terminal illnesses in life. So smoking is something you may want to consider giving up if you are planning to overhaul your life in a more healthy way. If this is something you want to consider then you could try going cold turkey, nicotine patches or even try e-cigarettes. There are plenty of e-juice flavors to consider to help you enjoy the vaping experience.
Do you drink alcohol regularly?
Alcohol is another addictive substance that we can all become accustomed to in our daily routine. Who doesn’t enjoy a cheeky glass of wine to welcome the weekend? But there is a fine line between being a social drinking, and someone who is more dependent on the substance. If you find you are drinking more often than not, then you may want to consider giving it up for a while or cutting down your intake. It could have a dramatic effect on your health by improving your mood and your sleep quality.
Are you in good health?
Part of your lifestyle change might mean to take on more exercise, but one of the things you have to consider is whether or not you are in good health anyway. Are you struggling with an illness or a niggling injury? This is where it’s worth tailoring your lifestyle around your current needs to ensure you can stay on the path.
Is there any part of your body that could cause you injury?
Another thing to consider would be whether you have ongoing injuries that could come about if you put pressure on with exercise or being more active. Perhaps it’s a knee injury from the past or ongoing issues like arthritis? Again tailoring your lifestyle change around your current needs would be a positive step.
Do you have a balanced diet?
Diet is a key factor in your lifestyle, so it’s important to look at your current eating habits and look at where positive changes could be made. Perhaps you want to try giving up sugar entirely, or just cutting certain junk and sugar foods out of your diet for good. Your lifestyle change might include a choice of not eating fish or meat, so it’s worth researching to ensure you get what you need out of your food choices moving forward.
I hope these questions help you stick with your lifestyle change this year.