The beginning of the new year is the perfect time to improve your health and get back into shape. After the mass levels of holiday cheer and consumption that come with the month of December subside, you’re probably looking to improve your habits. But immediately starting a restrictive crash diet and intensive workout regime is sure to bring frustration and failure, especially if you don’t have access to a gym. Here are some fun, safe ways to stay healthy. 

Set Up a Home Gym

You don’t need a fancy Peleton or expensive equipment to get a great workout in at home. Push-ups, planks, and burpees are all fantastic bodyweight exercises that could be done from anywhere. If you want to work on your upper-body strength, one set of dumbbells or a kettlebell will be perfect. Just make sure you have a dedicated space in your home with plenty of natural light and the ability to play music and you’re all set. 

Start a Healthy Cooking Club

If your household is like most others, you probably cycle through a small list of convenient recipes every week. This sort of tedium might look even bleaker when accompanied with a desire to eat healthier. But try starting a cooking club where you pick a different healthy recipe each time, either with your friends through Zoom or within your own family, with alternating who does the cooking. You’ll learn quickly that a healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to involve bland chicken breast or sad salads! 

Take Care of Your Mental Health

Staying positive and emotionally healthy is a key ingredient to any fitness or self-improvement journey. Feelings of stress or sadness might cause you to overeat to compensate, which is sure to set your process back significantly. Take the time to treat yourself every day, whether that means calling a friend or relative, taking a bubble bath, or doing a yoga video. 

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