Live Healthier in 2017: Five New Year’s Resolutions You Can Keep
Did you know the top New Year’s resolutions include losing weight and staying fit and healthy? Did you also know that only 8% of people who set goals for the new year succeed in reaching them?
Creating New Year’s resolutions are easier than sticking to them. So what is the best way to achieve your goals in the new year? Keep them simple. Make small changes that are easy to follow and can still make a difference.
Here are five simple suggestions for a healthier 2017:
1. Say no to something unhealthy once a week.
Take baby steps to reduce unhealthy food and drinks from your regular routines. Quit or cut back on smoking, chewing or alcohol.
2. Sleep more.
A lack of sleep can lead to health problems like heart disease, a heart attack, obesity and diabetes. It is recommended you get 7 ½ to 8 hours of sleep every night.
There is no doubt about it – stress is unhealthy. Exercise is a good way to de-stress. Another great way to release steam is to close your eyes, take a few deep breaths and let them out slowly.
There is a strong correlation between physical exercise and good health. Make a routine and stick to it, even if it is a five-minute walk. If you have any health conditions that make exercising difficult, talk with your doctor about what options are right for you. Don’t forget to exercise your mind as well. Crossword puzzles, reading or trying new recipes are good ways to flex your brain’s muscles.
5. Eat healthier.
The age-old phrase “you are what you eat” isn’t just a saying. Proper nutrition is directly tied to your overall health. A healthy diet will help maintain a balanced weight and can reduce health problems.
Share your goals with your spouse, family or friends, or consider joining a social network for support. Facebook has hundreds of online support groups. Start small with your changes and remember that every change will add up.