Whether you’re big on New Year’s Resolutions or not, you probably have a few health goals up your sleeve for 2017 (and if you don’t, let’s kick them off together!). The key is to recognize that successful health goals are going to be long-term; without a set plan with milestones to celebrate along the way, that initial determination and excitement that you had on January 1st will wear off real quick. Rome wasn’t built in a day (or a year, for that matter), and your ideal self won’t be either. No matter how big or small your goals are, you can’t go wrong by taking small, consistent steps forward because progress will ultimately keep your drive going strong! If you’re looking for a little guidance, here are three daily decisions you can make (starting today!) that will lead to big health benefits in the long run (no pun intended):
Keep your workouts well-rounded: If 30 minutes on the elliptical is your everyday go-to and you’re not seeing the results you want, there’s probably a reason for that. While your consistency is admirable, your body has likely hit a plateau if you’ve been hitting the same movements with the same muscle groups. The writers at POPSUGAR suggest switching up your workout routine frequently to ensure that your exercises don’t become lose their spark. You can keep it fresh by creating a rotation schedule, or diving into a new workout class – hey, you may even find your new favorite sweat-sesh!
Schedule in recovery: An event like your daughter’s summer wedding is great motivation to drop a few sizes, but be sure to schedule in time for some r&r between your morning runs. Pushing your body to the limit may seem like a good idea at the time, especially when you’re feeling motivated, but over-exerting yourself puts you at a higher risk of injury – there’s nothing like a pulled muscle to set you back! It’s best to give your body at least one day of rest each week, while taking actions every day that can help your muscles recover including staying hydrated, eating clean, balanced meals and snacks throughout the day, stretching, wearing compression socks and more.
Make VIM & VIGR a habit: Just as you choose to reach for an apple over a candy bar, reaching for compression socks instead of regular ones will affect your health in long-term, positive ways. Simply by putting compression socks on, you’re being proactive about your health! The science-backed therapeutic pressure of VIM & VIGR’s socks increases the circulation of freshly oxygenated blood back to your legs, benefiting you when you’re sitting, standing, exercising, recovering, traveling or pregnant. From preventing swelling and discomfort to giving you increased energy, VIM & VIGR’s compression socks will help you in achieving your health goals every step of the way.
If you’re working toward a health goal (or three) this year, we want to hear how it’s going! You can tweet us at @VIMVIGR, or shoot us a message on Facebook or Instagram.
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