New Year's resolutions can be helpful because a brand new year can be a perfect watershed moment to change habits and double down on some healthy ones. But, and this is a crucial thing to remember, try not to make resolutions that are outside of your ability.
Instead, incremental and achievable goals are the building blocks that add up to big, huge, goals being achieved. As always, go at your own pace and you're far more likely to stay the course, whatever journey you're on.
Keep scrolling for three totally achievable New Year's resolutions from fitness legend Jillian Michaels. As well as how to properly commit to them, too.
3 healthy and achievable New Year's resolutions to make this year
1. Prioritise hydration
Keeping properly hydrated is important for a number of reasons, not least due to the amount of water you lose sweating through cardio home workouts or however else you like to sweat.
'Drink water daily,' says celeb PT Jillian Michaels. 'Drink until your pee looks like "lemonade" – then you're hydrated.'
Knowing how much water to drink, however, can be difficult: sometimes chugging a litre seems easy as pie, other days we ignore dehydration symptoms and find it hard to even summon the will to drink the second glass of water. (Some days we forget to even fill up our reusable water bottles.)
To calculate your base hydration requirement, there's an easy formula to follow: multiply your weight in kg by 0.6 and then divide the figure by 15.
So, if you weigh 60kg, you would need to consume: 60 x 0.6 ÷ 15 = 2.5 litres per day. However, if you're exercising, then this figure will go up as you are able to 6-10% of your body's water content when you sweat.
2. Get your vitamins in
Quality is key when it comes to vitamins and Jillian is a firm believer in prioritising good, organic ingredients in her daily dosage.
'Take your vitamins, and if you're going to do it – do it properly. Try and get the high-quality ones, made from organic ingredients. I've noticed a massive difference in everything, from my hair to my skin, fitness levels and immunity,' Michaels says.
Vitamins – organic compounds containing carbon are derived from plants and animals - are essential because we, as humans, sometimes can't produce enough of them naturally. In certain cases, such as with Vitamin D and E, humans don't produce them at all and a stop-gap pill, powder, gummy or spray is necessary to get us up to scratch on the full spectrum.
3. Make time to unwind
'Meditate, every day. Five to ten minutes of chill can really help you relax and focus,' says Michaels.
The Biggest Loser alum is bang on when it comes to the benefits of daily meditation practice, from lowering blood pressure to reducing stress and inflammation, it's got a helluva lot going for it.
According to research from the American Heart Association, twice-daily meditation can reduce your risk of heart attack, stroke and death. 'Over a quarter of Brits – 26% – have turned to the mindfulness practice in the last five years as a way to 'improve their wellbeing,' says research from Bupa and Opinium.
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