As 2017 approaches, it’s time for many people to make resolutions. The holidays are behind them, and they’re committed to making life changes that will see them through the year ahead. While eating less junk food and exercising more often are certainly honorable goals, there are some great healthy lifestyle resolutions you might not have considered.
Resolution #1: Commit to Sleeping More
You might think that sleeping is the last thing you have to make a resolution about. Convincing yourself to head off to bed is hardly a hardship! Many adults, however, aren’t getting the sleep they need. In the United States alone, 40% of people surveyed admit to getting less than the recommended amount of sleep each night. If you aren’t getting your 7-9 hours in bed every night, you’re missing out on some substantial health advantages!
- You’ll be sick less often.
- Your emotional state will level out.
- You’ll have less trouble losing weight.
- Your memory and cognitive abilities will improve.
- You’ll decrease your risks of a heart attack.
- You’ll heal faster and more easily from injury.
Resolution #2: Eat More Fruits and Vegetables
When you make your resolutions for the upcoming year, you’re probably thinking about all the things that you’ve been doing wrong and want to change for the upcoming year. That approach, however, isn’t as likely to succeed as focusing on positive changes you can make. Adding something in is usually easier than taking something away–especially when it comes to your diet! Instead of focusing on all the sweet treats that you don’t want to eat, take a look at all the fruits and vegetables that you do want to make part of your regular eating habits. Resolve to add more fruits and vegetables to your diet. It will:
- Fill you up, making it easier to avoid unhealthy treats and lose weight
- Keep your digestive system moving smoothly
- Add color and texture to your plate, making the meal more appealing
- Reduce your chances of developing Type 2 diabetes
- Offer a convenient snack option that you can grab and go
- Boost your immune system
Resolution #3: Find an Exercise Program You Love
Not everyone was made to be a runner. While someone people get an adrenaline rush just lacing up their running shoes, others find themselves slogging along, step after step, constantly wondering when the workout is going to be over. When you dread every moment of exercise, you’ll find yourself making excuses to skip it instead of looking forward to your daily exercise as a time for yourself. This year, resolve to find a type of exercise that you love.
- Experiment with different free classes offered by your gym. When you find one you love, keep visiting for a few weeks.
- Ask for help learning how to use equipment at the gym.
- Try out a personal training session. Many gyms will offer you one or two free sessions when you sign up for a new membership package.
- Check out YouTube videos or fitness websites for workouts that you can do from the privacy and comfort of your living room.
- Try different forms of cardio: jumping rope, hula hooping, and childhood favorites are excellent ways to burn a ton of calories and tone your body.
- Go for a walk or a run. You might discover that it’s a great way to clear your mind and prepare your body for exercise.
Resolution #4: Try a New Healthy Recipe Every Week
Healthy food doesn’t have to be boring–but if you never experiment, you’ll never learn what foods you really love! Don’t limit yourself to salads if you hate lettuce or feel as though you have to give up your favorite type of food forever. Instead, commit to trying a new healthy alternative or healthy-eating recipe every week. Experiment with a variety of types of dishes. Don’t be afraid to break out of your comfort zone! You can afford to be a little crazy for one meal. If you don’t like it, then next time, you can try something else. If you do, then you might have found a new go-to dish that will find itself appearing frequently on your table.
Resolution #5: Take Time Away From Electronics
You’re living in the middle of the digital disconnect. Many people are spending more time with their electronic devices than they are enjoying the world around them. This has a number of detrimental effects on your health, including:
- More time spent sitting and sedentary
- Eye strain
- Difficulty processing emotions
- Lack of personal connection
This year, commit to spending less time with your devices. Put them down and go for a walk without your favorite app running in the background. Enjoy time with your family. Move from your favorite position on the couch and get out there to see what the world has to offer. The less time you spend with your devices, the more time you’ll have for the things in your life that really matter.
Setting resolutions for a new year is an age-old practice that helps people make positive changes in their lives. If you’re planning to make real changes this year, keep in mind that it’s not about a huge, sweeping change that you give up within a few weeks. Instead, try making a few small changes that you can commit to and keep up with over the course of your year. Looking for more tips on living a healthy lifestyle this year? Contact us today to learn more about how we can help.