It’s that time again.
The New Year is drawing near and everyone is scrambling to nail down their NYE’s resolutions. This time it’s bigger, however, because not only is it the start of a new year, we are beginning a new Decade!
The start of 2020 is an incredibly powerful jumping off point for a healthier, improved you & and we at Stew want to give you a few tips to help you take 2020 head on.
Our first two bits of advice encompass nutrition and fitness. Many of us hold the false belief that to be healthy we need to spend obscene amounts of time, and money, at the gym. This could not be further from the truth. An article found on the CDC website from the Surgeon General states:
“2008 Physical Activity Guidelinesfor Americans recommends that adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity, or an equivalent combination, each week and that children and adolescents be active for at least 60 minutes every day.”
This means that just 60 minutes a day (or only 8% of your day) of quality, sweat-inducing exercise satisfies the official health standards. (Of course, don’t let this discourage you from going beyond that!).
As for the nutrition aspect, we believe that part of our mission is to provide our community with healthy meals that include locally sourced meat and produce as often as possible.
We truly believe in the power of clean foods & their ability to fuel us through our day. That being said, even if we are “guilty” of sneaking some less-than-healthy food every once and awhile, having a balanced diet is integral to a fulfilling, healthy life.
Our second tip for the New Year is about the lost art of goal setting. Many of us dive into the New Year with amazing aspirations, but no concrete plans on how to achieve them. I believe in the importance of writing down our goals, with as much specific detail as possible, and reviewing them daily. When we complete the physical act of writing down our goals, our brain has a better chance of encoding that material and remembering it which prompts us to stay on track.
This ties into the “Generation Effect” which states that information is better retained when it is generated from an individual’s own mind and then written down. To further cement your goal setting, paint a picture in your mind of yourself successfully completing your goal and rehearse it daily. Studies show that visually rehearsing an action in your mind actually re-wires the neurons in our brains. They then propel us to complete the visualized task in the actual, physical world.
Finally, I want to discuss the big one. Self talk. How often do we monitor the conversations that happen internally? If you’re like me, you can be pretty hard on yourself when you make a mistake. Scientifically speaking, speaking negatively to ourselves activates our bodies’ stress response. And then of course, prolonged stress leads to a myriad of problems including; anxiety, headaches, lethargy, weakened immune systems, etc. It is important to ask ourselves – how many friends would we have, if we talked to them the way we talk to ourselves, (or vice versa), would we want to be friends with someone who constantly demeans us? If the answer to those questions is no, then let’s collectively make a conscious effort to speak kind, loving, and affirming words over ourselves. Let us be gracious to everyone, but most importantly ourselves.
Small changes can have lasting effects, so today, and every other day, live mindfully. Live mindfully in how you eat, exercise, think, speak, and act. The person we spend the most time with is ourselves, so let’s work on making us the best we can be.
Your Friends at Stew
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