Whether you’re into New Year’s Resolutions, or not so much, we all have things we’d like to do and goals we want to achieve, and as a New Year rolls around, you can’t help but assess where you’re at. Some of us will have similar goals, some will be different, but we think there are 3 things that might be on your list this New Year, getting healthy, getting fit, and doing more for the environment. And here are 3 simple ways to achieve them!
Get healthy – Get to know your food a little better
It’s so easy for us to pop to the supermarket and grab whatever we fancy off the shelves. But this New Year, we encourage you to pause for a minute, and start to think about the journey your food takes. Look at the items in your trolley, and ask yourself “Where did this come from?”, “How was this made?” and “What’s in this?”.
By starting to ask questions, and discovering what’s in the food you are choosing to eat, you might start to re-think your food choices. Some might say well an apple is an apple, but unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Not all apples (and other fruits and veggies) are created equal, because they’re not all grown in the same way, and they don’t follow the same journey to your plate. Learn more about the food you’re eating, and you will naturally start to make more nutritious, healthier choices for you and your family.
Get fit – Start moving a little, every day
Exercise is good for you, right? Absolutely! But balance is equally important (and we don’t mean standing on one leg, although that is a good thing to practice!) According to Ian Craig & Rachel Jesson, “Regular, ‘moderate’ exercise is stabilising to our hormonal and nervous systems, and it is extremely nourishing to all aspects of our physiology. Overdoing it, on the other hand, either by high volume, or high intensity, or both, increases our stress responses”. Basically, if you’re training really hard, and you combine that with long, stressful days at the office, busy home lives and unhealthy eating habits, it puts immense strain on our body.
So if you’re looking to get fit, start by building exercise into your daily life – get in the garden, play with the kids, walk to the shops, take the stairs, help with the cooking, walk the dogs, etc. And it’s also the ‘everyday’ bit that’s important. By getting moving everyday, even in the simplest ways, you start to build healthy habits. This is a much more sustainable way of starting your fitness journey, and a happier one!
Save the environment – Waste less with just a few small changes
It’s easy to get depressed about the state of our environment and our wildlife, but it’s also easy to start making changes in your daily life that can make a difference! Here are a few small changes that you can make this New Year, to do your bit to save the environment:
- Say No to plastic straws! Plastic straws are an example of extreme waste for minimal convenience, and are a major polluter of our environment and our oceans. Just say no next time you order a drink, or even better, start using your own glass, bamboo, or stainless steel straw instead!
- Say No to plastic bags, for the same reasons above. Make sure to have your own reusable bags handy in your handbag or in your car.
- Buy each member of the family a Bamboo toothbrush! They work just the same as their plastic counterparts, but they are compostable! So they go straight onto the compost heap, or just into the garden at the end of their life. Here’s one from Faithful to Nature.
If leading a more waste-free life is something that interests you, head on over to the Trash is for Tossers blog for some inspiration, and give this blog post a read for how going zero-waste checks off all your New Year’s resolutions!
Here’s to a healthier, more sustainable New Year!