Hopefully everyone is feeling great, revitalized, not hung over, and ready to kick off a healthy new year!…or not…
As many of you may know, I am all about encouraging others to live happy, healthy, complete lives full-time, not part-time. I am also a huge fan of keeping things simple and not overwhelming others with unrealistic change in order to pursue that healthy new venture. This is why I have already come up with YOUR first goal for the new year;
Add 15 minutes of health to every day.
Now, I wish I could make the days 24 hours and 15 minutes long, but that might not fly with most people. So what I want you all to do is make the effort, on every single day, to improve your health by focusing on it for an extra 15 minutes more than you already do.
Why 15 minutes? Because 15 minutes is 1% of your day. If you can commit to being healthy one more percent per day, that adds up to 90.25 additional hours committed to health in the new year! If you are a calorie tracker and you burn 400 calories per hour through exercise – this could mean 36,500 more calories burnt in the new year!!!
Imagine if I told you, “you need to workout 90 additional hours this year” or “I want you to sleep 90 more hours this year” or even “spend 90 more hours this year planning your meals and cooking healthy” – INSTANT FAIL!
But look at it as 15 minutes per day, or and increase of 1% of your day – and this seems much more manageable. So how do you do this? Try the following:
- Watch 15 minutes less of mindless TV – and stay an extra 15 minutes on the treadmill (or if you can do both, you are a wizard, or have a nice gym with TV’s in front of your T-Mill’s)
- Spend 15 more minutes preparing a healthy lunch in the morning before work (PRO TIP: this can save you $2000/year if you eat out regularly at lunch, use that money to buy a gym membership, invest in a trainer/dietitian, and boost your results! 🙂
- Sleep an additional 15 minutes every night. Sleep is one of the most underrated aspects of a healthy life.(OBVIOUS TIP: This doesn’t mean stay up 15 minutes later because you are sleeping in 15 more minutes tomorrow morning.)
- Spend 15 minutes reading about an educational topic you aren’t normally interested in. This goal is for those looking to improve mental health, but also you may find yourself a new hobby.
- Go with the triple threat combo: 5 minutes extra in your daily exercise, 5 more minutes spend prepping veggies and fruit rather than reaching for a bag of chips, and even just 5 more minutes of sleep every night (still adds up to an extra 30 hours of sleep every year!)
No matter what way you decide to mix it up, just keep reminding yourself that extra 15 minutes can go a long way!