The end of the year is almost here, which means that roughly one in three Americans will be resolving to better themselves in some fashion. While 75% of these people will stick to their goals for at least a week next year, less than half will remain on target come June.
While it might be hard to keep up the enthusiasm for your goals long after you’ve welcomed in the New Year, it isn’t impossible! Start 2015 off right by resolving to better your body (and life) with these 7 healthy resolutions below:
Lose Weight – You might be tired of seeing this resolution being mentioned in every single list you read, but it’s listed for good reason. Not only does losing weight help you feel better, but it also decreases your risk of getting several diseases and ailments. Just remember that losing isn’t an easy task. When you take up this resolution, don’t expect overnight success or lean on quick fixes. Plan for bumps in the road, use a food journal to keep track of what you eat, and have a strong support system in place.
Cut Back on Stress – While a little bit of stress here and there isn’t bad for you, chronic stress can take a big hit on your health by increasing your risk or worsening insomnia, obesity, depression, heart disease and more. Long hours at the office coupled with little sleep, a poor diet, no exercise, and a lack of a social life can also contribute to stress. While stress is inevitable, cut it down by relaxing, sleeping, socializing, and taking vacations when you can.
Be Active – We know you don’t want to tear yourself from the comforts of the couch, but staying active for 30 to 60 minutes a day most days of the week helps keep your weight in check, strengthen your muscles and joints, and keeps your heart healthy. Choose some physical activities that you enjoy such as swimming, running, speed walking, or playing tennis, and work to get at least 30 minutes of activity in your life most days.
Quit Smoking – If you’re currently a smoker and have tried quitting in the past, you might feel as if you’ll never be able to quit. Talk to an ex-smoker – you’ll see that multiple attempts at quitting often pave the path to success. Talk to your doctor and try different methods to find out what works. While giving up smoking is one of the harder habits to quit, keep in mind all the money you’ll save and all of the huge health benefits you’ll experience when you quit.
Control Your Portions – If you’re looking to downsize your figure some, it begins with downsizing the amount of food you put on your plate. Use smaller plates and bowls to help promote weight loss and curb overeating. Additionally, make sure that half of your plate is filled with fruits and vegetables to help you lose weight healthily and get the vitamins and minerals your body needs.
Sleep More – You may already know that getting enough sleep can give you more energy and improve your mood and appearance, but you might not know that sleep is so much more beneficial to your health than you might give it credit for. A lack of sleep has been linked to a greater risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes, but getting enough sleep will help you retain memories better, keep you sharp and focused for the impending day, and cut down your stress. Be sure to get between 7 and 9 hours or sleep a night!
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