Every January 1 in 3 Americans resolves to live healthier in the New Year. Within 6 months, less than half of those people are still on target with their resolutions. The easiest way to keep up with your resolutions is to pick the most worthy one and stick with it. It’s easier to make one change or several small changes than it is to make huge life changes.
Here are 5 resolutions to keep in mind this New Year:
- Weight Loss – Among the most popular resolutions, it can also be one of the most difficult to commit to. Make one small dietary change at a time; eat fewer calories, eat fewer carbohydrates, or add 15-30 minutes of walking to your daily routine. Keeping track of daily routines can also make a big difference. Having a food journal can help track what (and how much) you eat each day. Adding a wearable device, such as the popular Fitbit, can help get you moving and track of your daily steps.
- Keep in Touch – It’s good for your health to reconnect with family and friends. The lack of social bonds can damage your health as much as alcohol and smoking.
- Quit Smoking – Smoking is one of the hardest habits to quit. Fortunately, the fight against smoking has provided many smoking cessation resources. CVS Health pulled tobacco from their shelves last year and the results have been exceptional. They are also leading the pack in smoking cessation programs.
- Save Money – Healthy lifestyle changes (such as quitting smoking!) can also save you money. Also think about walking to work, carpooling, and cutting back on gym membership charges by exercising at home. Many video game systems have fitness programs, such as Wii Fit and Microsoft’s Xbox Kinect.
- Cut Your Stress – Chronic stress can cause insomnia, depression, obesity, heart disease, and more. Long work hours, little sleep, no exercise, poor diet, and not enough time with family can contribute to stress. Relaxation & meditation techniques, yoga, socializing, and vacationing are all great stress relievers.
What small changes will you be making this year for a happier, healthier you?