Tips for a New You in 2020

Posted on November 18, 2019 by Eleanor McKenzie
Mature couple sat on sofa smiling with phones

New Year’s resolutions all too frequently fall by the wayside by the end of January.

However, the coming of a new year does offer an excellent opportunity to reassess your life and decide what needs to be changed. You are perhaps more likely to stick to a plan if you don’t treat it as a ‘resolution’ that must be strictly followed, and instead approach it as a step-by-step, long-term project.

Here’s a few tips on things you could change to make 2020 a year for success…

Getting fit and staying motivated

As Falko Sniehotta, a professor of behavioural medicine and health psychology at Newcastle University says in a Guardian article with 25 tips for staying motivated, the problem is not “starting” the get fit process but about maintaining it.

Check out your diet

Once we reach our Fifties, we need to consider changes to our diet.

It’s important that we think more carefully about portion control and keep a close eye on our starchy carbohydrate intake. Although counting calories isn’t the right way to go about it for everyone, this interesting piece of research from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) looks at how we can match our calorie intake to our age.

The study is more detailed than the standard advice, which was that women should consume around 2,000 calories daily, and men 2,500.* It’s much more finely tuned than that. As nutritionists suggest, we should all be thinking more about maintaining a healthy weight, eating balanced meals and doing regular exercise rather than counting calories.

Staying well in winter

I watch the news every day and one thing that is mentioned often is the NHS struggling to cope.

Executives have said that once winter sets in, bringing the seasonal outbreaks of colds, flu and the additional problems they can bring, such as pneumonia, the strain on the NHS will get worse.

So, we need to do all we can to take preventative steps.

The tips in this winter wellness blog include planning a winter vacation. A dose of winter sun is an ideal pick-me-up and should help to make the winter feel that bit shorter.

Smarter resolutions

If you are a person who likes to make resolutions, or are at least open to suggestions about things you could do to improve your life, these 10 most common New Year’s Resolutions offer some fun ideas that work for both men and women.

As the writer Mallory Creveling says, the suggestions are “small enough to be doable, but big enough to still give you that hell yeah feeling of satisfaction when you realize it’s March (or even November!) and you’re still going strong.”

Perhaps you got a FitBit for Christmas, in which case you can easily track the 1,000 steps a day suggested by cardiologists. If you don’t have a wearable fitness tracker, download a fitness tracking app to you phone. Here’s a list of 15 of the best apps for Android and iOS phones.

New Year, New you

There are plenty of other areas that you might want to focus on in the new year, such as budgeting and how you spend your free time.

One step in the right direction may be setting aside sufficient ‘me time’ each week, and perhaps spend less time on social media. Jessica Abo also advises changing one element of your routine each month. Small changes to your everyday routine can be anything from going to a different café, to trying a new gym class.

There are so many ways to approach being a ‘new you’ in 2020, but what matters is that the changes you choose to make are ones that you will most benefit from.

So, before you make any resolutions or plans, take a few moments to jot down what would make the biggest difference to your life. Then get to work in making your 2020 plan of achievable goals.

*www.nhs.uk

Eleanor McKenzie

by Eleanor McKenzie

Eleanor McKenzie is a Northern Irish writer with a passion for art, literature, and red wine. She's worked at advertising agency JWT, edited a journal for a European social policy think tank and tried to teach teenagers the difference between "there" and "their". Being 50+ has not significantly changed Eleanor's life, although she finds it a handy excuse when she wants to avoid anything too energetic.