Healthy New Year Resolutions

by Garreth Myers

It is very common for people to welcome each New Year with a list of Healthy New Year Resolutions and follow them religiously for all of a few weeks, before giving up. Most people are aware of the fact that some of their habits are very unhealthy and should be changed and they resolve to live a healthier life at the beginning of the year. One of the main reasons that people give up too soon, is that they try to make some drastic changes in their lives, which are very difficult to implement. Studies indicate that most people find it difficult to accept changes very easily. Therefore, the key to achieving healthy New Year resolutions is by making resolutions that are not too difficult to keep. Moreover, many people compile a list of resolutions, which make things all the more complicated. Hence, it is best to start off with one resolution and actually achieve that goal, before making another one. It is a natural human tendency to feel motivated with success.

There are some healthy New Year resolutions that are more common than the others; however, some of the uncommon ones are just as important. Given below are a few healthy New Year resolution ideas that are useful for most people:

  • Drink more water each day, by replacing either a cup of coffee, a glass of soda or an alcoholic beverage for a glass of water.
  • Waking up around half an hour earlier on week days and spending that time to either meditate, prepare and eat a healthy breakfast or take a walk.
  • Avoiding the vending machine, the cafeteria or a fast food joint at least once a week, by carrying lunch to work.
  • Getting into the habit of parking around a mile away from work or home and walking the distance, at least once a week.
  • Adding more vitamins to your diet, either in the form of fruits and vegetables or multivitamin supplements.
  • Walking about, while talking on the phone.
  • Adding a bowl of salad (without dressing) to every meal.
  • Eating whole grain bread instead of white bread at least twice a week.
  • Drinking half-decaf coffee at least once in the day and gradually switching over to full decaf coffee.
  • Eating dinner without watching TV or reading, one night a week.
  • Getting some physical exercise every day, by paying for training sessions if necessary.
  • Exercising while watching your favorite TV show, at least twice a week.
  • Spending time in the outdoors or engaging in a sport for at least an hour, during the weekends.
  • Replacing rich dessert with fresh fruits, at least twice a week.
  • Leaving work on time, at least once a week.
  • People who want to quit smoking should choose smoke-free days or zones, like no smoking on the weekend or no smoking at home or work and gradually increase the number of days a week or the number of smoke-free places.
  • Going for at least one doctor's checkup in a year.

While most of the Healthy New Year Resolutions mentioned above are relatively safe for most people, it is best to check with a doctor, before implementing some of them.

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