As one year comes to an end, another is just beginning. I believe that people should set more goals for themselves throughout the year. With all the things that have been happening in the world these past few years, it’s easy to just have a goal to survive and make it through the year. But that’s just not enough. This blog post is going to be all about setting your best New Years’ goals as possible from a company selling the best stress balls in America.
Let’s get started.
Improve Your Posture
You’ve heard it before from your parents and teachers. Sit up straight. But who cares? And does it really matter? The answer is yes. Your posture has major health implications. Some examples of what good posture can do for you is prevent shoulder, neck, and back pain. It makes it easier to breathe. Plus, good posture helps you digest your food better. People who don’t sit up straight for years on end will experience pain at an earlier age when doing simple things like bending down.
So let this be one of this year’s goals to work on. It can be as simple as sitting up straight for 20 minutes a day and then you can go from there. It may be uncomfortable at first, but it will get easier. We promise.
Go Outside More Often
With our warm homes, televisions, phones, and comfy couches all inside of our homes, it’s easy to spend most of our time indoors. The idea of going outside can seem almost dreadful as if it’s a chore. It’s all about perspective. You can actually have a lot of fun with it. Here are some ideas of things to do outside.
- Go for more walks with your dog
- Buy a fishing rod and go fishing with a few friends
- Try to identify birds by their sounds
- Learn about Phi and find examples of it in nature
- Have a bonfire
- Go to a local tennis court
While being active is wonderful for your health, simply being outside has major benefits such as improving blood pressure and heart rate, digestion, strengthening the immune system, reducing obesity, as well as increasing serotonin and dopamine levels. That last one is especially important for people struggling with depression.
This ties into our last section about going outside. If you take that one on, it’s a lot easier to be active when you’re outside. While indoor gyms are excellent, the major struggle for most people is motivating themselves to take the first step. It’s easier to form a routine of going outside and taking more walks with your dog compared to motivating yourself to go to the gym every morning and exercise for an hour.
Part of having goals is having smaller goals in between before you reach the major goal. Increase your activity level to the point where your motivation to exercise is no longer an issue and then committing to going to the gym is so much easier. Most people who don’t fix the motivation problem and try to make going to the gym a part of their routine will stop after not very long. Fix the underlying issue (motivation).
While the idea of eating whole foods and grains, more vegetables, salads, etc., may seem daunting, there’s a lot more to being healthy than that. Rather than focusing on all that for now, start by limiting the amount of junk food that you bring into your home. What’s in your pantry will end up in your body. It really comes down to adopting new shopping habits and finding self-control.
Ask yourself who you are doing this for. The answer needs to be for you. If it’s for someone else, you are much more likely to struggle. Junk food is literally made with chemicals that are addictive. Like actually and scientifically addicting! It’s amazing that so many of those chemicals are legal. In many countries, the chemicals we use in our junk food are outlawed.
Keeping your stress levels low is one of the single greatest things that you can do for your health. Stress isn’t just in your mind. It manifests into a part of your body. One thing that you can do to reduce stress is start using a stress ball. At 1001 Stress Balls, we are all about stress balls, and our smile face stress ball is especially popular. Take a look at our shop today!