Do you feel ready to ring in the New Year healthier? If the answer is, yes, one of the best ways to challenge yourself to do so is by setting achievable goals that are easy to sustain through the year. Small challenges that require minimum effort yet have maximum impact. Does such a thing exist you may ask. We think so. Read on to find out how you can stick to your New Year, New You resolutions.
Run like the wind
Set yourself a goal of running a distance throughout the month of January. It could be 10km, 20km or even just 5km. Spread the distance over the entire month so you can fit in your run around your work schedule. Log your distance until you hit your goal. Come February, up the stakes and increase your distance. March? Increase it a little more. April...you get the picture. Life is a marathon. Not a sprint.
Do something new every day
If running isn’t for you then set yourself a goal of doing at least one physical activity a day. Brisk walk, cycling, swimming, dance, pilates - the possibilities are endless. Keeping active needn’t be a chore. Make it fun. You’re more likely to stick to it and will miss it when you don’t do it.
Join a virtual crowd
There are plenty of ways to join a tribe online for virtual aerobics, yoga or even meditation classes. Not only will joining a community keep you connected to others but it will inspire you to keep working harder. When exercising becomes socialising it’s a great deal easier to keep up the habit.
Ditch the booze
No one blames you for indulging a little over the Christmas period. So, now give dry January a chance. It will help boost your energy and immunity. If you slip up get right back on the wagon instead of falling clean off of it. That’s why we’ve called it a challenge. It ain’t meant to be easy.
Clean up your diet
Just like the booze your diet may have taken a beating over Christmas. So now clean it all up. Take easy steps such as replacing your snacks with healthy options. Fruit, nuts and M-EAT! biltong are excellent replacements for high calorie, high fat and high sugar snacks that provide little nutritional value. M-EAT! biltong, for example, contains 54% protein, less than 1% fat or salt and is brimming with nutrients and minerals such as iron, zinc and potassium. Buy in bulk so you’re not tempted to go back to bad snacking habits.
Try any one of the challenges above and tag us in your social posts with @meat_biltong. We love to share your triumphs.