By: Elle Penner
The New Year is a time for reflecting on the past year and setting goals to better yourself in 2016, starting with your health. Getting back into your diet and exercise regimen after the holidays can be difficult and it takes dedication. Here are 5 tips to help you get back on track.
1. Focus on healthy food & staying active during the workweek. Sticking with your regular routine of eating well and exercising during the workweek is worth the effort. A recent poll from MyFitnessPal revealed that users who cook are 6 times more likely to meet their fat, calorie and sugar goals alone. Take a little bit of time to prepare some healthy meals ahead of time and try to stick to your usual workout routine through Friday.
2. Experiment with healthy recipes. We all have our favorite less than healthy meals, but making just a couple of simple ingredient swaps in your more decadent dishes can make a huge difference, without compromising flavor. Experimenting with new recipes is fun as well! Here are 14 Slow Cooker Dinners—400 Calories or Less!
3. Hone in on your hunger cues. Our bodies have an amazing ability to regulate food intake, if we actually listen to them! Don’t eat just because there’s a box of donuts in the conference room. If you’re not hungry, sip on some tea or coffee while everyone else digs in.
4. Hold yourself accountable. Tracking our food and exercise keeps us mindful of what we put in our mouth, and how much (or little) physical activity we’re getting. Taking the extra minute or two to log you snacks and meals in MyFitnessPal can allow you to better budget those calories and plan an extra workout in advance, so you can stay on top of your goals!
5. Find a workout that’s also fun. Exploring new fitness trends can help make working out feel less like a chore and more like a hobby. A new survey from MyFitnessPal shows an increase in some fun new fitness trends, including a 75% increase in Soulcycle and a 32% spike in Barre classes. If you haven’t tried these new trends get moving- literally!
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Elle Penner, M.P.H., R.D., is the Registered Dietitian and Food & Nutrition Editor at MyFitnesssPal, as well as an active runner and food-enthusiast. For more healthy recipes and fitness inspiration, check out her healthy lifestyle blog and connect with her on Pinterest & Twitter.