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Taofique’s Top Health Tips for 2023

You know the score with the new year, also comes all the talk of a new you, we start setting new goals and talk of our aspirations, and resolutions and make plans for the future. This alone can be stress-inducing and can be counterproductive to our self-growth and progress when we put too much pressure on ourselves to be better and do better. Be kind to yourself this New Year and try the below health and wellbeing tips to achieve a stronger and fitter 2023.

Pick a month for Health maintenance, when is the last time you checked in with your doctor? If you don’t have a regular doctor, make 2023 the year you find one. Try one new workout every month. Having a fitness routine is important, but always having the same fitness routine can quickly become boring and monotonous and thus counterproductive, as
your body gets used to the same movements, miles, or weights, and to keep getting stronger, you should always be challenging yourself, and the key to consistent exercise is not willpower, it’s enjoyment. Exercise should be fun.

Perfect your form, You could be working out every day or doing hundreds of reps, but if you don’t have the right form, you might not be strengthening as much as you think or worse, you could be causing injuries and long-term damage. Proper form helps you maximise a workout by using your energy for the extra push so that no movement goes to waste. Good form means you can run faster, jump higher, and push harder, protecting your body, strengthening your muscles, and keeping your body healthy.

Make stretching a priority after your workouts. Stretching is one of the best things we can do to help strengthen our muscles and avoid injury. Not stretching enough can cause injuries and muscle strain. Not only is a warmup and cool-down stretch crucial for those muscles you are working, but stretching throughout the day can also improve our overall health and posture.

Set a regular bedtime, Sleep gives your body time to recover and rebuild muscles as well as conserve enough energy for you to exert at your next workout. Getting your rest is critical for both your body’s health and the success of your workouts. Prioritising sleep is a relatively simple health hack. Heart health, weight gain and even marital problems can be improved by regularly getting a good night’s sleep.

Is your bedroom a haven for sleep? What temperature? Light? Tidy? Comfortable Aim for 8-9 hours, but get no less than seven.

Remind yourself of your ‘why’ every day. New Year’s resolutions often fail because we forget the ‘why’. Hold yourself accountable by putting meaning behind the goals you have set. Look at the bigger picture to your goals. For example, Why do you want to go to the gym every day? Is it to be stronger, feel more confident, or live longer? If you’re not looking at the reason, the goal will never feel motivated enough to go out and achieve it.

Compliment yourself every day, by now, I don’t need to tell you the importance of self-love and body positivity when it comes to achieving your goals. The more you believe in yourself and love yourself, the more likely you are to achieve your goals because you’ll be achieving them for the right reasons. Putting yourself down or feeling like you’re not reaching goals fast enough will make you feel like you already failed instead of motivating you to work harder. The secret to achieving any goal is to realise you already have what it takes to be your best right now.

Bring on 2023!

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