How To Make 2020 Your Healthiest Year Yet

by The Organized Dream
How To Make 2020 Your Healthiest Year Yet

New Year’s has come and gone but it’s never too late to start (or set) your 2020 resolutions. No idea where to start or which goals to prioritize? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! From eating better to money matters to getting quality health care, here are a few sure ways to crush your 2020 health goals:

BE S.M.A.R.T.

When setting new fitness goals, people often set nonspecific (and usually unrealistic) goals for themselves, which ultimately leads to failure. Instead of aiming for broad goals like “workout more this year,” set S.M.A.R.T. fitness goals for yourself — aka goals that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Relevant, and Time-bound. So if you’re a newbie at the gym, perhaps one of your 2020 fitness goals is to lift weights 3X a day. Start with the lowest weights and then gradually increase weight by 5 lbs each gym session. Start small for big results!

DON’T DIET

That’s right, we’re telling you NOT to diet. This seems counter-intuitive for a health goal, but actually dieting is a common goal that often ends in failure. Instead of following a new diet fad or depriving yourself of “bad foods,” focus on eating nutritious, whole foods the majority of the time. When considering any health and fitness goals, choose realistic and attainable goals that can turn into lifetime habits.

How To Make 2020 Your Healthiest Year Yet

BE MINDFUL OF CONSUMPTION

While being mindful of what you put into your body (i.e. nutritious foods) is important, it’s equally as important to be conscious about what your mind is consuming on a daily basis. With so much going on in the world, it’s easy to be overwhelmed with the constant stream of media right at our fingertips — politics, news, social media, etc. Combat this by setting strict time limits for yourself for screen time and TV watching. Instead, try to find moments of peace for yourself daily:

  • Take morning walks
  • Read a new book
  • Meditate
  • Practice stretching or do yoga
  • Write in a journal
  • Learn a new craft (i.e. playing the guitar)
  • Take on an art project

Swapping hours of screen time for more mindful activities is one of the easiest goals you can make (and achieve) for yourself in 2020. Plus, you may even pick up a new skill or two!

BOOST YOUR FINANCIAL IMMUNE SYSTEM

Your body and mind may be healthy but is your wallet? Poor financial health leads to stress about money, which affects many Americans most or all of the time, according to a National Financial Capability study. This stress can affect your physical, mental and overall well being by indirectly causing:

  • Poor sleep and digestive and immune functions
  • Delayed healthcare (i.e. no money = avoiding treatments/medications)
  • Depression and/or anxiety

This is why it’s important to take the necessary steps to achieve your financial goals this year. In general, there are five key rules to improving your financial health:

  1. Create a budget
  2. Manage lifestyle inflation
  3. Spend mindfully
  4. Start saving early
  5. Build and maintain an emergency fund

Again, baby steps! Financial health goes hand in hand with your physical and mental health, and should be prioritized when considering how to be a healthier you this year.

COVER YOUR BASES

Even if you’re leading a perfectly healthy and active lifestyle, unexpected illness and accidents can happen. That’s why it’s critical to be covered by quality medical insurance all year around. For instance, Anthem is one of the nation’s leading health benefits companies that offers a broad range of coverage options. No matter what your age or budget, Anthem has cost-effective options available for everyone. From family coverage to Medicare Advantage plans for seniors, affordable health care is a key component of your overall health plan. Plus, choosing low-cost medical insurance aligns with all of your other physical, mental, and financial health goals!

Physical, mental and financial health each play a crucial part of being the healthiest you this year and every year. Using this guide will help give you a push in the right direction to help you approach a healthier mindset and lifestyle in 2020.

How To Make 2020 Your Healthiest Year Yet

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10 comments

Tiara March 25, 2020 - 7:17 pm

Great Tips! Being mindful of consumption is something that I am working on right now with COVID-19. While I am still blessed to be working remotely, there is still a lot of free time and I don’t want to waste it on binging too much TV or spending hours on social media.

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katie March 25, 2020 - 8:22 pm

Yes! I’ve found myself binge-watching The Office or a good YouTuber and have to tell myself to find something more constructive to do!

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Greg March 25, 2020 - 7:42 pm

Such good tips. Being stuck in the house makes it hard to be fit but hoping for warmer weather so we can get outside and get moving with the kids.

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katie March 25, 2020 - 8:21 pm

We’re waiting for the warmer weather,too! That and a good sunny day!

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LiveHardxLoveHard March 26, 2020 - 4:59 pm

We’re taking a very similar approach to maximize our physical and financial health this year. Not dieting is a huge one for us – especially with COVID, the most important thing to us right now is giving our bodies strength and boosting our immune systems. Salad-only , 1000 calorie diets just won’t do. It’s all about balance, fueling ourselves with whole foods, and allowing for the occasional treat every now and then.

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katie March 27, 2020 - 12:32 pm

Completely agree!

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Rebecca Hastings March 27, 2020 - 12:50 pm

I love these tips. But I must say I am struggling with stress and the current COVID-19 circumstances. I appreciate the encouragement to keep going!

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katie March 27, 2020 - 1:22 pm

I think we’re all a little stressed out. I’ve been trying to take it one day at a time and staying focused and busy. To be completely honest, it’s been working great!

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Cecilia March 29, 2020 - 6:08 pm

Thanks for sharing your healthy tips at Vintage Charm!

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katie March 30, 2020 - 11:52 am

You’re welcome!

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