How many of you have started the new year off saying you want to loose X amount of pounds? Or you want to get in the best shape of your life. There’s nothing wrong with that. And trust me I’ve said the same things before too. Getting healthy is important, but sometimes the idea of trying to force a weight loss goal is actually more daunting than inspiring. It’s important to remember that there is a lot you can do to improve yourself that doesn’t include the scale. I thought it would be fun to put together a list of goals unrelated to weight loss to make 2021 one of the best years yet!
New Years Goals Unrelated to Weight Loss:
MOVE YOUR BODY:
There are SO many benefits of exercise. It reduces day to day stress, gives you energy, helps manage anxiety and depression, helps improve sleep, and so many more benefits.
It’s important to find an activity that you love to do, and make it your mental release rather than a means to drop pounds. You’re more likely to stick to an activity that you love.
You can experiment with some different forms of movement- going for an afternoon walk or some at-home workout classes that are new to you to see what you enjoy the most. Some free or in- expensive fitness apps include: Nike Training Club, Daily Burn, Tone It Up, and FitOn.
SOCIAL MEDIA BREAKS:
Social media can definitely distract us from being present and focusing on our physical and mental health. Start limiting your social media use. You can set a limit on your phone so that it notifies you when you’re close to your limit. Instead, spend more time reading, listening to a podcast, taking a walk outside, and just being present. It will do wonders for your mental health.
HOME COOKED MEALS:
Not only is cooking at home more budget friendly than eating out, but it’s also better for your health. Set a goal to cook at home 3 nights a week, whether it’s a meal delivery kit or a new recipe you want to try.
MAKE TIME FOR MEDITATION:
Many of us can make time to watch tv or scroll on our phones, yet we say we don’t have time to meditate. There are so many benefits of meditation from promoting our emotional health and well- being, helps with our stress levels, and helping with awareness. You don’t have to spend a half hour every day meditating. Even 5 minutes does wonders. The apps CALM, SHINE, AND HEADSPACE are all free and have a number of guided meditations that you can choose from.
FOCUS ON GETTING ENOUGH SLEEP:
Unfortunately most of us do not get enough sleep, but there are things we can do to help our sleep schedule. It’s important to try to go to bed at the same time every night, wake up at the same time every morning (even on the weekends) and staying off your phone before bedtime. Give these a try to help get your sleep patterns back to normal.
13 MORE GOAL IDEAS FOR 2021 NOT RELATED TO WEIGHT LOSS:
- Go for walks regularly
- Work out in the morning
- Take breaks from social media
- Cook at home 3x week
- Make time for mediation
- Make your bed every morning
- Meal prep on Sundays
- Take yourself on solo dates
- Spend 5 minutes a day cleaning
- Drink enough water
- Create a bedtime routine
- Clean out your inbox
- Learn some new recipes and start making them at home
- Move your body for 30 minutes a day
I would love to know- what is one of your goals for this year?!