A new year a new you

shutterstock_352227554We’re almost a month into 2017, and many people are still trying to figure out how to make this their best year yet. Maybe you’re tired of the same old resolutions that never seem to get you results. Maybe you’re just about ready to throw in the towel.

Don’t give up yet! It’s still possible to improve your health and create a new you in the new year.

Small Changes, Big Difference

The good news is that when it comes to being the best version of yourself, positive results most often occur with small changes. These seemingly insignificant steps actually make a huge impact on your overall health.

Take a look below for five ways to create a new you in 2017.

1. Quit counting calories.

It’s been said that to lose weight, you need to spend more calories than you consume. While this is true in general, the process is actually much more complicated than that.

The human body processes calories differently based on their source, which results in more or less fat loss. To really make a difference in your waistline, stop counting calories and start reading labels.

Stick with foods that are unprocessed—like fruits, veggies, whole grains, and lean meats.

2. Fit in physical activity whenever possible.

Not everyone can spend an hour at the gym each day, and that’s okay. Here are some examples of little things you can do in your daily life that will have a big impact on your fitness:

  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
  • Park farther from your destination so that you have to walk more.
  • Skip the donuts at the office.
  • Take stretching breaks every hour or so while you work.
  • Walk to a nearby restaurant for lunch.

These changes may not seem like much, but when implemented on a regular basis, they make a major difference.

3. Indulge your cravings—a little.

If you constantly feel as if you’re deprived of the foods you love, you’ll become discouraged and give up altogether.

Allow yourself a cheat meal or special treat once a week. This will allow you to enjoy life while staying on track with your healthy eating goals.

4. Keep track of your weight, but don’t obsess.

It’s important to step on a scale once or twice a week to measure your weight-loss progress, but checking those pounds any more than that is dangerous. It becomes an obsession and can either lead to discouragement or unhealthy habits, like cutting your calorie intake too much.

Instead of obsessing about numbers, just make these simple lifestyle changes. Before long, you’ll see real results.

5. Join a fitness group for support.

Support is crucial to success. Whether it’s a class at your local gym, on the online support group, or a few friends, find a place where you can be encouraged and held accountable.

At Fitness4Less, we offer something for the whole family. Check out our services for an idea of how you can see a new you in the new year.