AFTER the kind of year 2020 was, people hope that the new year brings better things. As people enter 2021 with a renewed sense of purpose and strive to stay consistently motivated, the wearable tracker and app Fitbit has come up with five ways they can stay inspired:
1. Think and dream big. Instead of making an extensive list of resolutions, think of one to three major milestones to achieve and the reasons for choosing these goals. If you are hoping to adopt healthier eating habits, for example, analyzing your attitude toward eating may help you better control what you consume — it also might be the push you need to eat real and nutritious food, drink more water, and refrain from eating too much.
2. Break down that big dream into small, realistic steps. Come up with easy, doable tasks that will allow you to slowly reach your goal. It can be as simple as taking a certain number of steps each day or getting at least eight hours of sleep every night. These simple habits allow you to move well daily, build strength, and improve your energy throughout the day. Small changes can make a huge difference in the span of a year. Keeping a wearable tracker like Fitbit can allow you to monitor your fitness data and adjust to these little changes in your body.
3. Reward yourself. Working from home makes it tough to navigate the distractions that come up and maintain focus. These issues are to be expected in this unprecedented time, so allow yourself to celebrate the littlest things and learn how to rest and recover when you feel tired. You can also try investing in workout gear that will make you feel good and excited to get your sweat on. Whether it’s a new pair of workout shorts, running sneakers, or a new band for your wearable tracker, a new look might help you stay energized.
4. Find a community. Although we are entering the new year in quarantine, there are still plenty of ways to keep in touch with other people. Working out with family and friends is not only more enjoyable — you’re also more likely to stay on track. Having a workout buddy increases the amount of exercise people motivate themselves to do, especially when there’s a layer of emotional support. You can even keep each other accountable by using an app to join larger communities and track your individual progress.
5. Understand what’s best for your whole person. Over time, the physical strain from stress can contribute to a variety of health problems if unmanaged, like an increased risk for high blood pressure and heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and mental health disorders like anxiety or depression. Noticing the positive effects on your body can make sticking with habits down the road a lot easier. It’s time to practice mindfulness. Remember that the habit-building process is also a way of caring for one’s entire well-being.