Every year Americans will make New Years Resolutions to better themselves. Did you know that by June, only 46% are still going strong? This year, try choosing one main lifestyle change you’d like to see a difference in a stick with it. Here are ten healthy resolution ideas to get your year started on the right track:
1. Lose Weight- This is by far one of the most popular and difficult resolutions to keep. One common reason for failure is expecting overnight success. A good way lose weight over time is to track your eating habits by keeping a food journal.
2. Stay in Touch- In this technology-fixated age, it’s never been easier to stay in touch with old friends or family that have fallen by the wayside. Research suggests people with strong social ties live longer than those who don’t. In fact, a lack of social bonds can damage your health as much as alcohol abuse and smoking.
3. Quit Smoking for Good- Most smokers who have tried to quit before feel as if this resolution is setting them up for failure. However, if you talk to any ex-smoker you’d see that most go through multiple attempts. Try different methods and find out what works best for you. Then think of all the health benefits you’ll gain and all the money you’ll save!
4. Save Money- An easy way to save money this year is to make healthy lifestyle changes. Try walking or riding your bike to work, or explore carpooling. Also, take stock of what you have in the fridge and make a grocery list instead of aimlessly grocery shopping.
5. Cut Down Stress- A little stress now and then won’t kill us. But if stress is chronic, it can increase your risk of or worsen insomnia, depression, obesity, heart disease and more. Take time this year to slow down and relax. Spend more time doing the things you love!
6. Volunteer- Happiness increases when we help others - it’s a fact! And it has been proven that people with positive emotions were about 20% less likely than their gloomier peers to have a heart attack or develop heart disease.
7. Go Back to School- A recent study found that middle-age adults who had gone back to school had stronger memories and verbal skills than those who did not. Several studies have even linked higher education to a decreased risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
8. Cut Back on Alcohol- Drinking alcohol in excess effects the brain’s neurotransmitters and can also increase the risk of depression, memory loss, or even seizures. If you do choose to drink alcohol, remember that moderation is key.
9. Get More Sleep- You probably already know that a good night’s rest can do wonders for your mood, appearance and memory. But did you know a lack of sleep has been linked to a greater risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes?
10. Travel- The joys and rewards of a vacation can last long after the suitcase is put away. Taking a vacation makes you feel rejuvenated and replenished. It’s another form of new discovery and learning, and is great for the body and the soul.