September is Self-Improvement Month, and while that can mean many different things to many different people, there is not denying that we could all do with a large dose of improved wellness. Whether you’re looking to lose a few pounds, make time for meditation, or just get your diet back on track, wellness is at the core of becoming a better you, one day at a time. We’ve got some smart tips to help you stay motivated to take care of your body and health.
- Don’t forget to stand! In today’s work culture, many of us remain hunched over a computer for hours on end. Don’t forget to stand and move around once an hour. Better yet—go grab yourself a glass of water! Movement throughout the day will help you avoid the lag later in the afternoon and keep you inspired to go for that after-work run.
- Join a community. Many people mumble under their breath, “Today is the day I go to the gym,” but we all know that rarely works out. One of the best ways to stay motivated is to join a community. You can join a class to keep you accountable or join on online community that swaps healthy recipes and exercise tips.
- Make small, manageable changes. One of the quickest ways to become discouraged when maintaining a workout routine is to overshoot your goals. Take your time and listen to your body.
- Don’t stress. It’s important to have goals and routines, but getting bent out of shape because you can’t make it to a class will only heighten your stress. Keep things casual and remember to have fun. The road to wellness is a long one—sometimes it’s ok to take a detour.
- There is no such thing as a “diet.” Healthy eating isn’t about cutting this or adding that. It’s a lifestyle that requires several smart choices and habits. For instance, can you cut back on eating out? Do you actually drink a gallon of water a day? Look into what makes for healthy eating that fits your tastes and resources. You’ll be surprised the small changes you can make that will really make the difference.
- Keep it up! The most important piece of advice is that real self-improvement doesn’t happen overnight. A little belief that you can accomplish your goals mixed with a bit of willpower will take you where you want to go—and hopefully beyond!