Perhaps you’re failing to keep up with your resolutions because you’re taking on too much. If you want to see a vast improvement in your health this year, skip the demanding resolutions and take baby steps instead. Use these seven simple health resolutions to help you choose this year’s goals.
1. Change Your Diet
Eating a little healthier doesn’t mean you need to stop eating ice cream altogether or go on a restrictive diet. When you set your resolutions this year, opt to make a small, but extremely healthy change to your regular diet. You might make an effort to eat at least one fruit serving and one vegetable serving each day. These foods are loaded with vitamins and antioxidants which will keep you feeling good all year round. You could also make a resolution to eat less sodium, which will help keep your heart healthy. Making just a little change can make a huge difference in the way you feel.
2. Activate Your Lifestyle
Hitting the gym every day is a bit of a lofty goal, especially if you’ve never been one to work out much before. Instead, find little ways to add activity to your daily routine. Resolve to take the stairs instead of the elevator to your office, walk or bike to work on nice days, park in the farthest parking spot instead of the closest, and play outside with your kids every day. Also, find ways to exercise more as you go about your daily routine. Do squats while you brush your teeth and sit ups while you watch the news.
3. Floss Your Teeth
Though the dentist delivers ample warnings about tooth decay and gingivitis, most people don’t floss their teeth like they should. Resolve to add that one-minute chore to your daily routine. Flossing is very important for your oral health, since it stops cavities and reduces the risk of gum disease. This simple habit will help keep your teeth healthy all year round.
4. Drink More Water
With a large focus today on the importance of eating the right food, the importance of drinking enough water is often overlooked. But water is essential for your overall health. It boosts your immune system, keeps your skin healthy, and helps you lose weight. Failure to drink enough water is also one of the major contributors of kidney stones and a condition known as chronic kidney disease as explained here. So for current and future health, resolve to drink enough water daily.
5. Wear Sunscreen
With current trends demanding that you have a constant tan comes a rise in cases of skin cancer. People choose to go without sunscreen for fear that the UV protectant will also block their tan. However, this is a big mistake, and if you care about your life and your skin, you should wear sunscreen. Besides the risk of cancer, the sun will cause your skin to dry out and wrinkle when you’re older. Making a resolution to wear sunscreen daily will be, perhaps, the most important decision you make all year.
6. Reach Out
Don’t forget to focus on your mental health as you’re making your health resolutions this year by reaching out to others. Socializing and service are both key contributors to life-long contentment. Instead of trying to be friends with everyone you meet, start small. Perhaps you could aim to get in contact with one person you haven’t seen in ages. Or limit your use of electronic devices to an hourly limit per day so that you can spend more time with family and friends. For a significant increase in mental health, resolve to do one really meaningful act of service per month. These small acts will relieve stress and help you to be happier in the long run.
7. Eat at Home
For both your physical health and your budget’s sake, make a real effort to eat at home more than you eat out. You’ll be able to enjoy the benefits of healthier, home cooked meals while saving money. Keep the goal concrete by setting a certain dollar amount designated for dining out each month, or by limiting the number of times you eat away from home in a given week.
Even if you have the best of intentions, keeping your goals won’t be easy. It’s important to remember that just because you stopped doing your resolution for a little while, that doesn’t mean you should give up on it for the rest of the year. Just start again from where you left off, and enjoy a healthier, happier you.
Author: Amber Brubaker