We’re sharing eight New Year’s resolutions for better health!
The New Year can be an exciting time, filled with the promise of fresh starts and new beginnings. It’s also an opportunity to recommit to your health and well-being. Eat better. Exercise three times each week. Drink more water. Creating these resolutions is easy enough. Sticking to them beyond the month of January; however, is another story.
Whether the New Year has you feeling totally inspired or a tad overwhelmed, we have some advice to help you make – and keep – your healthy resolutions for 2019.
Here are eight tips for accomplishing healthy goals when New Year’s resolutions seem too intimidating. Instead of common New Year’s resolutions, try these alternatives.
- Set A Daily Intention
If you feel like you’re living on auto-pilot, starting your day by setting a daily intention can help you feel more in control of your life and your actions. It can be as simple as deciding not to overreact if another family member gets on your nerves — or taking a walk over your lunch hour instead of staying at your desk. Intentions can serve as a small step towards big changes.
- Schedule Wellness Visits For You and Your Family.
Annual wellness visits are a great time to learn about your current health status and the best ways to improve your wellbeing. Be sure to schedule eye exams, annual physicals, dentist appointments, women’s and men’s wellness exams, pediatric visits for the children, and vaccinations. It’s important to stay up to date on your individual health needs.
- Do a Kitchen Cleanse.
Toss unhealthy products (chips, sugary granolas, sodas) from your pantry, fridge, car and office. Then restock with good-for-you options, like carrots sticks and air-popped popcorn. Make sure they are accessible and you don't have to dig deep to find them.
- Drink 16 Ounces More Water Per Day
Getting more H2O into your body is one of the easiest, most beneficial things you can do for your health. Water helps to remove toxins from your body, prevents bloating, increases your energy, protects joints and cartilage, improves your skin’s appearance, and reduces hunger. Start with 16 ounces more than you already drink, then continue to increase until you’re drinking up to one gallon per day!
Stretching is very important for flexibility, range of motion, and injury prevention. The easiest way to make sure you keep up is to do it as soon as you wake up. Be sure to talk to your doctor about how you can adjust your movements if you struggle with health conditions
- Eat Breakfast Every Day.
Why limit your food intake as a resolution when you can increase it in a healthy way? This resolution can get you back on track to healthy eating by starting with the most important meal of the day, breakfast. Potential benefits of eating breakfast include improved memory, reduced irritability, healthier weight, and enhanced nutrition.
Sleep is essential for your body to function properly. Lack of sleep can negatively impact your mood, cognitive abilities, and response to stress. Adults should aim for seven to nine hours of sleep per night. Something as simple as making sure you get a good night's sleep on a daily basis can help you stay on track!
- Nurture Your Relationships.
Our relationships contribute so much to our overall health and well-being! You can add a weekly lunch with a friend to your schedule. Plan a monthly date night with your partner. Eat meals at the dinner table with your family more often. Make Saturday a family day without distractions.
In the end, there’s really no such thing as an unsuccessful New Year’s resolution. Every time you try to better your body, mind or spirit, it’s a good thing – and it can happen any time of year.
The best way to form a healthy habit is to choose something you like to do or have been meaning to do for years, and just start doing it. The better you can seamlessly add your goal to your everyday life, the more likely you are to succeed.
What are you committing to in 2019?