As we finish out the last month of the year, it's easy to think you've lost the opportunity to make any major changes as you strive toward your fitness, health, or weight-loss goals. The temptation is to just get through all the holiday party's and focus on new resolutions in January when you can start "fresh," but we're not quite there yet. Now is the perfect time to make simple changes that could turn into major results going into 2019. Whether your goals are to loose weight, increase stamina or better your overall health, here are five easy and simple changes that'll give you a head start into 2019:
1. Kick Bad Habits
Identify that one habit (or habits) that's not doing you any favors, and aim to kick it before the year is out. The best way to kick old habits is to find new ones.
2. Make Positive Changes
Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Get some fresh air and take a scenic walk. Make a conscious decisions to take every opportunity to move and be active as much as you can. Not only is being active good for your body physically, but mentally as well!
3. Ditch the Weekend Lie-In
Sleeping in on the weekend is a treat. We all look forward to it all week, but ultimately, it'll leave you feeling worse. Sleeping in throws your sleep cycle off, then you wake up on Monday feeling even more exhausted than you were on Friday.
4. Carve Out Time for Yourself
In order to do well on your lifestyle to health and fitness, you need to be in the right frame of mind. We have once answer for you: Self Care. Self care can be defined in several ways, but it ultimately comes down to one thing: taking care of yourself.
Set aside at least one-hour each week to do something that's 100% for you that will make you feel positive, relaxed, and happy. Be selfish.
5. Walk Before You Run
You'll be surprised by how much you can improve energy and fitness levels in just a month, but don't bite off more than you can chew. Set a manageable fitness goal for yourself, and just do it. The important thing is to make sure you don't try to go from 0 to 100 in a day. It's OK to walk before you run.