Some people are excited to get back to a more normal way of life this summer, and some might be a little anxious after two years of pandemic isolation and disruptions. Wherever you’re starting from, it’s a good time to focus on your health at your own pace. This could mean starting small, choosing just one item from our tips below, and trying to make a little progress each week.
Starting small could mean:
Trying to add some walking into your day if you haven’t been very active for a while, or finding ways to get your heart rate up for longer periods by hiking, jogging, biking, dancing, playing sports, or other activities.
Making small changes to what you eat that focus on healthy options, like more vegetables and fruits.
Hanging on to healthy habits you started during the pandemic. For example, if you cooked more at home instead of getting fast food, or if you consumed less alcohol, try to find a way to maintain those positive changes as we get back to a more normal way of life.
Setting goals, but ensuring they are realistic for you. If your goals are too ambitious, it can get discouraging pretty quickly. People don’t just go from not being active at all to running a marathon. Set small goals, measure your progress, and then build on your success to create lasting healthy habits.