50 Brilliantly Simple Ways to Make 2015 Your Best Year Ever
For me, the past few weeks have been all over the place. Birthdays. Holiday feasts. Snowboarding trips. Celebrations. Cottages. A bit of alcoholic beveraging. Hmm. Not a bad way to end the year, I must admit.
But while it feels good to be getting back to my usual routine, there’s still a lot that I’m looking forward to.
One of the things that I really want to do more of this year is write. Not just for this blog, but in general. I want to get as many words out into the world as possible. It should be an interesting journey. I hope.
Anyway, I’m going to start it off with this (ironically) short post.
2015 is all about opportunity. You have the opportunity right now to make decisions that will set the tone for the rest of the year. It’s always tough at the beginning, but things get easier as you do them more.
Some will power and discipline will be required. That’s just part of the recipe. But the best way to make things happen is to take small steps. I talked a lot about that in my post on the power of small wins.
What I want to do here is give you a little bit of a head start.
I’m going to outline 50 simple and somewhat unconventional things you can start doing right now to ensure that 2015 will be the healthiest, fittest, sexiest, most productive, and most fulfilling year of your life.
Here they are, in no particular order. Enjoy!
- Walk a little bit every day. Even if it’s just for 15-20 minutes.
- Don’t just set goals, set consequences. Set the stakes high. And set them high. Put something on the line, whether it be your money or your pride. The loss should feel bad enough that you wouldn’t think twice about failing.
- Snack less. Focus on eating three or four full meals over the course of the day and give your body ample time to digest properly in between.
- Drink more water. Feel free to add a bit of sea salt to each glass to ensure proper water absorption.
- Drink your coffee black. Or don’t drink it at all.
- Learn how to use the kettlebell. If you want to become a kettlebell ninja, my kettlebell crash course can help you get started.
- Eat a clove of raw garlic with your dinner every day. Yes, I said raw.
- Take part in a Bloom to Fit challenge. There is one coming next week!
- Find a new means of transportation to work. Bike. Rollerblade. Skate. Walk. Whatever. Leave the car at home if you can.
- Don’t eat bread and pasta for one month. See how you feel. If you decide to bring it back to the plate, that first bite will tell you everything.
- Start playing chess. It will make you sharp like a thumb tack.
- Start eating organic, free run eggs. Best would be from a farm. Sure, itt’s a tad bit more expensive. But if you can afford a $5 latte, you can get yourself some good eggs.
- Start drinking kefir. Your digestive system will love you for it.
- Pick up a book. If you’re already a reader, then pick up a genre you’ve never explored before.
- Stop drinking juice for breakfast. Instead, have a glass of water with fresh lime and sea salt.
- Take 5 minutes to stretch every single day. Particularly after a workout.
- Spend 2-5 minutes every single day doing absolutely nothing. Just breathe and relax.
- Drink more tea. Feel free to be creative with your concoctions.
- Add a spoon of chia seeds to your smoothie (or glass of kefir).
- Focus on mastering the pull-up. You will strengthen your back and improve your posture.
- Have a teaspoon of raw cocoa powder every day, whether in a smoothie or stirred into a glass of water. Can you say antioxidant overload?
- When preparing your meals, make sure that half of your plate is taken up by colourful vegetables.
- Add a spoon of maca powder to your smoothie (or glass of kefir).
- Use coconut oil wherever you can. Particularly when cooking.
- If you’re going to eat chocolate, make it dark. At least 80% cocoa. If you’re weak and can’t take the bitterness, add a bit of sea salt to neutralize the bitter taste.
- Buy your vegetables and fruits at the farmer’s market instead of the grocery store. Everybody wins.
- Try rock climbing. You will hurt for a week after your first go at it. Then you will fall in love with it.
- Ask your boss for a standing desk. Tell him/her that your productivity will skyrocket. Because it will.
- Start a journal. Writing is a liberating experience. Give it a try.
- Track your training progress. Write down every single rep and set you do.
- Keep a nutrition journal. It will help you gain a better understanding of what you’re putting inside your body.
- Focus on strengthening your core. Planks and hanging leg raises work best.
- Learn how to use the jump rope. My jump rope crash course can help.
- Use the McKenzie press every single day. Particularly if you spend most of your day sitting. Your lower back will thank you.
- Get a foam roller and use it for 5 minutes every day.
- Travel to a place you’ve never been before. It’s January. You have all year to plan for it.
- Get rid of cable TV. Just pick up the phone right now and tell them you no longer need their services. Now use that money for something that isn’t so soul crushing.
- Start preparing your own lunch the night before. No more buying lunch at work. I’m serious.
- Learn to prepare three simple, nutritious meals. Cooking will open up doors you never knew existed.
- Never use the vending machine again. Please. I beg you.
- If you’re going to eat out, only do so once a month. And make sure it’s at a decent restaurant.
- Eliminate three things from your diet: fried foods, soft drinks (pop), neatly packaged sugary treats.
- Solve at least one Sudoku each week. You will become a Jedi.
- Disconnect from everything at least one day every two weeks. No Internet. No TV. No smartphones. No technology. Nothing. Spend that time how you wish.
- Start walking barefoot as much as you can. If you’re adventurous, walk barefoot outdoors (or get yourself a pair of Vibrams).
- Get really good with your bodyweight squat. This is a natural movement pattern. You should be able to do it with ease.
- Cut down on fruit consumption. If you’re worried about all those vitamins and minerals, go ahead and relax. Vegetables are packed with the same vitamins and minerals, but lack the natural sugars.
- Instead of gum, chew on a tiny piece of raw ginger. It’s no easy task (mouth will be on fire), but oh man talk about a burst of nutrients.
- Stretch your hip flexors and chest often throughout the day. Sitting makes them both extremely tight.
- Practice getting uncomfortable. You will eventually become comfortable.
There you go, my friend. You now have 50 simple (and somewhat random) things you can do to make 2015 your best year ever.
A quick word of caution is required: do not try to put all of these into action at the same time. That would be a recipe for disaster.
Instead, choose three or four from the list that you think would benefit you the most and focus on implementing them into your lifestyle. Only once you achieve your selected few should you consider taking on more.
Now before I sign off, here’s what I would like you to do for me: choose your favorite item from the list and leave a comment below telling me how you’re going to achieve it. Let’s get a little discussion going.
Sound good? Excellent. I’ll see you in the comment section.
PS – if you’re wondering when #8 will happen, the answer is, well, next week 🙂