Magazines, newspapers and media are today full of popular food trends and articles on how to lead a healthy lifestyle. Unfortunately however for many people it seems much easier to be sedentary and consuming addictive foods full of fat, salt, and sugar than being active and eating healthy food. The messages we get about body image are confusing as on the one hand we are supposed to look like a stick thin model and on the other hand it now seems ‘normal’ to be out of shape and overweight.
In January you will see many fitness or diet plans that promises rapid weight loss or ‘shape up in no time’, however what is much better is a wellness plan that goes beyond just losing pounds and teaches you a lifestyle that will improve your health and keep weight off for good.
Here are a few tips for a Holistic New You:
- Embrace a holistic lifestyle.A holistic lifestyle focuses on health first, weight loss second, and is the only sensible approach to lasting results. Creating health needs to be a conscious process, a lifestyle, not a short-lived program. This is what balanced living is bout. It is the necessarily slower approach that works better than ‘fast diet and fitness’ because it gradually brings more of you on board with a realistic plan and teaches you how to sustain your results.
- Stop Stressing. Rushing and multitasking are stressful and too often result in reactive and unconscious, unhealthy choices. Slowing down encourages a deeper self-connection that in the long run helps you identify problematic habits, make more conscious choices, and ultimately overcome obstacles. Take a minute to ask yourself whether how you typically spend your time is moving you towards health or in the opposite direction.
- Support Yourself. When it comes to reaching health goals research shows that supporting yourself and being kind to yourself is more effective than being tough on yourself. So don’t make the harsh mistake of withholding self-love and acceptance until you’ve arrived at what you consider to be an acceptable body size or fitness level.
- Do Yoga. Often underestimated as a weight loss tool, yoga is the epitome of holistic living and therefore a viable path to sustainable weight loss. The ancient, yet, accessible practice offers both challenging fitness and a body-mind-spirit integration system complete with pragmatic guidelines for balanced living. As yoga strengthens, stretches and twists you into amazing shape, the “on and off the mat” practice combination aligns you with your strongest Self to provide a slow but sure pathway out of old habits toward healthier, new ones.