New Year! New Me!
We hear this every December, a hallmark reminder that a new year is approaching. In many realms, the new year is a time to reflect on becoming a newer version of ourselves. If you are leaning into the “new year, new me” mindset, there’s nothing wrong with that, but what’s stopping you from right now? How can you consider the now? Since “new year, new me” is often linked to diet and exercise, let’s consider these two areas: Exercise and Nutrition.
As far as exercise, ask yourself – is the movement I am giving my body making me happy? Does it make me feel good? If the answer is yes, great! If you still feel something is missing, perhaps consider an additional element- if you run, have you considered signing up for a race? If you train a strength sport, have you considered a competition? If your current movement is not making you feel good, we need to find something that does! Is there anything you’ve ever been curious about, or just wanted to try? Let’s try now! Or maybe you just need to get started with a routine. If you start now, instead of waiting for the magical time of the new year, you may be less likely to feel that new year, new me pressure.
Nutrition, and how it can be manipulated for aesthetics, is often a main focus of “new year, new me.” Considering the present, you might ask yourself the question, “is what I am feeding my body making me feel good?” Taking it a step further, “How is my relationship with food?”
Nutrition is something that almost everyone struggles with, and with so much varying information available, it can be easy to miss the basics:
- Stay Hydrated
- Eat Balanced Meals
Working toward a healthy relationship with our nutrition, as well as developing habits that we know make our bodies feel good are very worthwhile investments of time and are likely more sustainable than focusing our efforts on using nutrition to achieve certain looks.
What are your thoughts on “new year, new me”? Do you make new goals with each new year? Or do you usually aim for maintaining consistency?