Today’s post is written by fabulous Clairemont intern, Rebecca Martin, as she shares her healthy living tips learned from the university scene.
I’ll straight-up admit: I ditched resolutions this year. It can be difficult to set rigorous goals for yourself with the start of the new year, even if you have every intention of completing them.
In a survey done by the Statistic Brain Research Institute, out of the 45 percent of people who make New Year’s resolutions, only eight percent are actually able to stick to their resolutions. It may seem valiant to want to stick to the same goals everyday, but let’s face it; between work, school, kids and a social life, consistency seems impossible.
Here are some of my favorite tips to help you set smaller, defined goals that will garner success.
Try to be in bed between seven and eight hours every night. The average adult needs between seven and nine hours of sleep to function. This extra rest time will help boost your mood and give you increased energy the next day for work. My FitBit One has a special sleep tracker that links to my phone and tells me how many times I become restless during the night, helping me to set new rest goals. For example, if my FitBit tells me I’m usually restless for 30 minutes before falling asleep, I will try to go to sleep 30 minutes earlier.
When should you drink water? Every time you think about it! Tote a water bottle with you to work, leave one in your car and stow one on your nightstand. Hydration is key to controlling metabolism and maintaining energy levels. Dehydration causes fatigue and tiredness throughout the day, which can kill your focus and motivation.
Take the Stairs
We’ve all been told to take the stairs instead of the elevator. It may seem like old news, but it really is helpful. My FitBit keeps track of the number of flights I climb every day, and the number always surprises me. Scaling the stairs of school buildings, my apartment building and at work makes a huge difference — sometimes I end up climbing up to 25 floors in a single day!
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