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As the new year rolls around, we try to make New Year’s resolutions to improve our health and overall well-being. Here are 10 of the healthiest resolutions we can make to start our healthy habits for the new year.
Don’t worry, these resolutions are attainable plus we’ll give you tips on how you can stick to them so you don’t have to break your goals again!
1.) Lose Weight
Probably the #1 on the list of many yet the most difficult to commit to. Don’t expect to lose weight overnight and never go on a crash diet. Healthy weight loss takes time and effort. So if you want to drop excess pounds, you should:
- Control portions – use smaller plates and bowls to reduce weight as they help avoid overeating
- Keep a food journal – so you know what you’re eating and how much you’re eating
- Have a support system – you’ll be tempted and you’ll give in to cravings so it’s important that you have someone to encourage and motivate you during these times
2.) Be Active
This is one of the most important healthy New Year’s resolutions everyone has to make. Do more activities every day (for about 30 minutes/day). Exercise. Run. Go for a walk. Strength train. Enroll in a yoga class. Do crunches at home.
3.) Catch Up
Spend more time with your family and friends. Reach out to your colleagues. Studies show that those with strong social bonds are healthier and live longer than those who don’t. Use technology to your advantage and make plans to get together.
4.) Stop Smoking
A New Year’s resolution that’s hard to do for smokers, yet very gratifying when done. Think of all the benefits you’ll get when you quit this bad habit – you’ll smell better, save more money, have healthier lungs, better skin, etc. Don’t give up even if you’ve failed. Try different methods until you find one that works for you. This is the secret to every smoker’s success!
5.) Save Money
Make subtle lifestyle changes. Carpool with your officemates. Ride a bike to work instead of using your car. Exercise at home rather than at the gym. Cook your own food so you don’t have to buy from restaurants (plus it’s healthier as you know what really goes into your food). Make a grocery list and stick to it when you go to the supermarket.
Use the money you’ve saved up to explore the world. Traveling will enrich you – mind, body and soul.
6.) Reduce Your Stress
Pressure is inevitable and it’s good but too much of it can make you sick (anxiety attacks, depression, insomnia, obesity and heart disease). Don’t sweat the small stuff. Take a breather every day whether it’s turning your phone off for an hour, taking a warm bath before bedtime or reading a good book.
7.) Lessen Your Alcohol
Alcohol only contains “empty calories” which causes weight gain and other health problems. Quit drinking. If you can’t, limit your intake.
8.) Help Others
Think of others too. Organize a fund raising event. Do charity work. Volunteer at a home for the aged center. Offering a helping hand will make you happy and this emotion is always good for staying healthy.
9.) Get Plenty of Sleep
Take power naps during the day. Catch 6-8 hours of sleep every night. A good night’s rest will improve not just your health but your mood and appearance as well.
10.) Expect Good Things
Be an optimist. Look for the silver lining in every sad situation. Its okay to mope around during a bad day but don’t let it ruin your outlook. Turn those negative thoughts into positive ones and watch your life do a 360 degree turn.
Choose which of these healthy habits for the new year you would like to make and make a commitment to stick to it. It will be worth it!
Rooting for you,
~ The HSO Team ~