If anything that our experiences with 2020 should have taught us is, things can change faster than we may be prepared. I wrote about how to stay healthy in 2020 and want to revisit it to talk about how we can focus on and maintain our health in 2021.
We all know that our health is the most important thing, but the reality is that it’s also the one area that we tend to ignore, especially in times of stress and uncertainty.
We know that exercise can benefit our cardiovascular health, strengthen our skeletal-muscular system, and elevate our moods and have a positive impact on our mental health and wellbeing.
While it’s clear that there are a multitude of benefits to exercise, I bet you’d be shocked if I told you the truth about the number of people who claim to exercise regularly.
According to the American Psychological Association, only 17% of adults report exercising every day.
What’s funny about that statistic is that 53% of people report elevated moods and self-image after exercise, but overall we’re still so hesitant to actually workout.
Lack of activity and exercise makes it no wonder we seem to be getting a little stressed out these days.
I get it, there are a ton of demands on us at home and in our lives, but our health is the most important thing we have and maintaining it should be our highest priority.
Everyday Is The Same Opportunity
From work-from-home and remote learning to the uncertainty of what’s open from one day to the next, and just the unlimited amount of time we seem to have.
It can feel so overwhelming. And by being stuck at home all day, it seems that every day is the same. It’s the Groundhog’s Day effect and seemingly lasts forever.
For those of you unaware, Groundhog’s Day was a movie starring Bill Murray about an anchorman trapped to wake up every day having to relive his day as if it never happened before.
In it, Bill Murray’s character had a hard time with his new reality until he decided to use whatever time he had to benefit himself and make incremental progress on his personal growth every day. I won’t ruin the movie’s overall plot, but it’s an entertaining movie with a simple message, make the most of your time.
In my post about how to stay healthy in 2020, I mentioned that running is like life. You need to put one foot in front of the other.
My Advice For 2021 Is The Same As 2020
In 2021, the advice I have is the same. Focus your energy on doing things one day at a time, one step at a time, check your bearings and directions with some marker and make incremental gains toward the destination you’d like to achieve.
Rough water swimmers use this strategy all the time. When swimming in large bodies of water like a lake or ocean, the currents can push a swimmer off-course reasonably quickly. And without any lane or other direction to follow, it’s easy to get off track.
A rough water swimmer’s strategy is to find a landmark to focus on and swim each stroke in the direction of that landmark. If the currents push and pull you, having that marker allows you to swim in a more direct path without swimming too far away from your destination.
Look, I get it. We all have a lot on our plates right now. But how do you tackle a large meal?
One bite at a time.
Make Healthier Living Happen One Step At A Time
Hopefully, you have a goal in 2021 for healthier living.
It shouldn’t be too stressful. We’ve already got enough of that in our lives right now anyway. But the goal should be to make small little changes to our behavior, the one step at a time approach.
Taking it one step at a time will help you achieve more, feel better, and be happier as a result.
I plan to increase my exercise routine, focus on better eating, and take some additional supplements to enhance my nutritional health. I recommend multivitamins and maybe taking a vitamin d supplement and increasing my vitamin c, especially during the colder winter months.
The goal for 2021 should focus on our physical and mental health through exercise, proper nutrition, and supplement your nutritional needs as necessary.
If there’s anything we’ve learned in the past year, it is that life is like running, just put one foot in front of another and get moving. We’ll figure out the rest along the way.