Now that 2017 is well underway and excessive party season is somewhat over it is time for me to set some serious health, fitness and wellbeing goals.
I was inspired by Andrea’s recent post on the Leather and Latte’s blog, and thought it would be a good idea to sit down, list some goals and hold myself accountable by posting them here. Surely I am more likely to reach them if I put it out there, no?
So, here are some of my fitness, health and wellbeing goals for 2017.
Exercise – Throughout my life I have both enjoyed and loathed exercise. I tend to go through phases where I am 100% into it and other times when I am 100% not. One thing is for sure, whenever I find myself exercising often and regularly is when I am participating in activities that I enjoy. So my goal this year is to find physical activities that are both fun and break a sweat. Be it hiking, dancing, rock climbing or team sports, I want to try something at least once a month which is fun and gets my heart rate pumping. Any fun suggestions are more than welcome in the comments below.
In addition to this, I do tend to like a bit of structure, so to get me moving I have joined up to Kayla Itsines’ 12 Week Challenge. I have a few friends who have done the program and have seen fantastic results so I’m going to give it a try. Watch this space.
Goal: To exercise 3 -4 times a week & to find and participate in one fun physical activity every month
Stretch and strengthen – Because my full time job requires me to be on the computer all day and then I often come home to work on the blog on my lap top at night, my posture and back have really suffered over the years. Add lack of exercise and core strength to the mix and you have a recipe for disaster.
Thanks to my osteopaths recommendations, I have recently started stretching my back each morning and night as well as using a foam roller and practicing some light pilates exercises. It doesn’t have to be a long session, I have found that even 10-15 minutes in the morning makes a difference. That, and setting a reminder on my computers to get up, stretch and move around once in a while are both important habits to reinforce into my daily routine this year.
Goal: To do my back exercises every day and stretch every hour when I am working at my desk
Step up my nutrition – One thing that I actually have been doing in the last year is batch cooking, and I couldn’t recommend it enough. Having healthy meals ready prepared in the fridge or freezer makes dinner time a no brainer. It also saves money and nips the temptation to get take away in the bud.
Another thing I have found works well for me is doing a big shop on Monday for my work lunches. I usually buy salad ingredients, tuna or chicken and some snacks including fruit, nuts, cottage cheese etc to set me up for the week. Having all the produce ready to go in the fridge means I am much less likely to get unhealthy take out lunches.
Goal: To do batch cooking once a week for healthy freezable meals and 1 big shop at the start of the week for healthy lunches at work.
Practice Mindfulness – I had the greatest intentions last year to begin practicing mindfulness daily. I actually quite enjoy it, I think my anxious personality desires it really. At some point I stopped practicing because I was too ‘busy’ and became quite overwhelmed at times. You know what would’ve helped that? Probably practicing mindfulness. The irony!
I love and used the Headspace app which I highly recommend. The sessions go for 10 minutes and you can get 10 sessions for free to try it out. The best bit is you can stay accountable by teaming up with friends on the app so you can encourage each other to practice daily.
Goal: To practice 10 minutes of mindfulness once a day
Take care of my overall health – This goal is all about check ups and all those little appointments we always put off. The general medical check up with your GP, visit to the dentist, or specialist. These are things people always put off (myself included). Sure some of these check ups are uncomfortable or unpleasant, but it’s as simple as setting a 6-monthly/yearly/bi-yearly reminder in your calendar, making the appointment and crossing it off the list. Not only is it great peace of mind to tick these sort of tasks off the list but if there are any medical issues it is always good to get onto them early and the only way to do that is by getting regular check ups.
Goal: To make all necessary appointments for the year and reschedule in my calendar by end of January
And so there are my 5 goals for better health, fitness and wellbeing in 2017. I’m feeling pretty confident that they are realistic and accessible enough to achieve. Now to set my self into action. I give you permission to tell me off if I’m not practicing what I preach 😉
Do you have any health, fitness and wellbeing goals for 2017? Or any tips on fun exercises, activities, meal prep or wellbeing? I would love to hear them in the comments below.
Hope you all have a great week!