There is no arguing about it, 2020 has been a tough year for most. Indeed, at a time when people are normally brimming with enthusiasm for New Year’s resolutions and making their lifestyle healthier, things are a lot more low key. Of course, that doesn’t mean you can make at least some small positive steps. In fact instead of setting yourself massive and challenging resolutions that are all too easy to fail on, why not try implementing small healthier swaps for 2021?
Small Healthier Swaps for 2021 : Swap Veganuary for one veggie meal a week
You will have heard and seen a lot about Veganuary on the TV and online, and of course, it’s a super smart idea. After all, when are people most likely to try a major change to the way they eat?
For many people, the thought of changing every meal they and their families eat for an entire month is a whole lot of work and inconvenience. Not to mention the fact that they may face resistance from family members and discover that it isn’t easy to stick to themselves. That is why instead, doing a less intense version of Vegaunary may be a much better approach.
Such an approach involves picking a day (or two) each week and eating vegetarian and vegan food then, and normal food for the rest of the time. Of course, the advantages of this approach are many, not least that you can gently ease yourself into this way of eating, which over the long term can help you maintain your momentum and stay successful.
For anyone considering Veganism, I made the jump in December 2019 and am full vegan now and have never felt healthier.
Small Healthier Swaps for 2021 : Swap quitting smoking cold turkey for using a nicotine replacement
Anyone that has smoked knows that quitting is a tall order, and quitting cold turkey is the toughest way to do things. The good news is that it is also not the only way to quit. This is because there are things like nicotine replacement products that allow smokers to skill receive the chemical that they are addicted to without having to take in all that bad stuff that is in tobacco.
Indeed, there is a range of products on the market including sprays, patches and lozenges. All of which can be used to gradually reduce the amount of nicotine a person uses and so help them to quit more gently.
Another similar option is to use a vape pen instead. The great thing about this option is that you get the sense of smoking without taking in all the chemicals in cigarettes. You can also use stores that stock vape supplies to buy delicious tasting liquids. They also come in a range of nicotine strengths so you can use them to wean yourself off entirely over time.
Joining the gym for walking around your neighbourhood
Even if you wanted to, you couldn’t join a gym right now because of the lockdown situation. All is not lost, however, because instead of ending up as a January Gym bunny and a February gym casualty why not take the opportunity to start an exercise particle that is more manageable in the long term?
We are talking walking here, either around your neighbourhood or a country park. You may even wish to transition to jogging or running later on as your fitness improves?