5 New “New Year” Resolutions for a Healthier You
It’s the beginning of the new year, and as always, the gyms are packed; vows to give up sweets are made, and all other kinds of resolutions are being posted on social media with high hopes and good intentions. This is the year! The year we intend to actually keep doing (or giving up) what we set our minds to. But not many of us will be able to stick to our goals in the long term, or even for a few months, before giving up. Why does that happen?
While “Googling” top new year resolutions, I’ve come across five that pertain to health and wellness that are most likely doomed to fail. I wanted to share with you some tips on how to tweak your resolutions to make them easier to stick to, and eventually lead you to improve your health.
Old Resolution: Lose Weight
The problem with this resolution is that it is too broad of a goal; doesn’t give you a clear action plan; and is not quantifiable. I’ve talked about how to set proper goals in my article on focus and visualization at HHBLife.com, and the most important thing for any goal is to make it as specific as possible. How much weight do you want to lose? What barriers do you currently have and need to cross in order to make that weight loss happen? What changes can you make in your daily/weekly/monthly routine in order to succeed? Tweak this resolution to be more action specific to help you control your eating habits.
Cook more healthy food at home instead of eating at restaurants
Cook with less fat or sugar
Cut portions down by 1/4
Do weekly grocery shopping and cook more veggies
Do not eat sweets after 6 pm
Old Resolution: Join a Gym
A gym schedule is often hard to maintain, that’s why you see more people dropping out the further we get into the year. It takes time and effort to get to and from the gym, and if you want to make a commitment to fitness you have to make it as easy and hassle-free as possible to work out. Memberships can also be expensive, so why spend that money for something you probably won’t even be using in a few more weeks, and just find creative and fun ways to get fit. Tweak this resolution by being specific once again and soon you won’t even have to think about staying on track.
Join a team sport
Organize a sports group with friends
Train outdoor on weekends and holidays
Do 20 minutes of home video workout before/after the work
Do 7 minutes of yoga/stretching first thing in the morning
Old Resolution: Quit Smoking
If you are a smoker, quitting smoking is probably one of the hardest things you will do in your whole life, but it’s not impossible. Making this resolution can be a daunting task as it is a long hard road up ahead. Cutting it out “cold-turkey” is not something everyone can do, so it may take time to cut down on the cigarettes. What you will need are constant reminders for why you wanted to quit in the first place. You know that smoking is bad for you, you’ve read the health reports, and your family reminded you countless times. So why don’t you set your resolution to keep daily reminders of the dangers of smoking to your health?
Watch a documentary or read articles online about dangers of smoking every week
Look at a photo of your loved ones daily to remind you what you will be giving up when your health suffers
Old Resolution: Get Organized
This is a popular new year resolution but is also very broad and generalized. Bringing order and discipline to your life can do wonders for your overall health and wellbeing. So if you want to organize your life, you have to be identify areas of your life that need cleaning up. Write down everything you want to organize in order to keep track of it. Then take out your calendar and start to schedule things in. Plan your year, month, and week ahead of time. Schedule your workouts, grocery shopping, wellness retreats, meditation, cleaning, etc.
Make a list of all the things I want to organize in my life
Schedule my workouts for a month in advance
Plan my holidays and vacations for the year ahead
Clean up my closet/desk/car/kitchen/computer on the weekend
Old Resolution: Live Life to the Fullest
This is a great resolution to make and is my personal favorite. Living life to the fullest can mean different things to different people. Decide what it is that makes your life worth living and write it down. There are so many ways to live it up. Here are a few of mine:
Say Yes more to things you normally don’t do
Take yourself out of your comfort zone by trying new things
Find something you’re passionate about and do a little bit of that every day
Share your time and moments with people you care about more
Stay present and enjoy each moment. Try to turn off your electronics more often
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