This year you can focus on some great New Year’s resolutions to improve your health that are easy to include in your daily life. From minor changes to your routine to major improvements that come easily with time, these resolutions can revamp your health in great ways this year.
New Year’s Resolutions To Improve Your Health
Eliminate soft drinks and sugary beverages. Not only does sugar turn to fat causing weight gain, it can create blood sugar issues, sugar highs and crashes as well as additional cravings. Eliminating soft drinks will get rid of the added sugar and calories along with tons of chemicals and dyes that are unhealthy. If you are drinking diet soft drinks, the sugar substitutes in them are even harsher on your system. Remove the sugar drinks from your diet as part of your New Year’s resolutions and include more water and fruit sweetened beverages like teas.
Get enough sleep at night. Skipping sleep is one of the worst things you can do for your health. Not only does your body struggle to fight off infection when it isn’t well rested, it can cause weight gain and increased risk for a disease. Your body needs sleep not just to focus better during waking hours, but to digest food properly, burn calories and heal itself from within. The average adult needs 7-10 hours of sleep per night. Make sure you are regularly getting enough sleep as one of your healthy New Year’s resolutions this year.
Eliminate processed foods from your diet. Processed foods come in the form of not just cakes, cookies and chips, but also the meal kits, and processed canned soups we often eat. Focus on making more food from scratch using organic and non-GMO products when available. Try to include more grass-fed, antibiotic-free and free-range meats in your diet as well to keep your focus on fewer chemicals and more nutrient dense foods your body needs for fuel.
Increase your current exercise level. Even if you have chronic pain, injuries or restrictions, there are always small ways to increase your current exercise level. Check with your physician prior to a new exercise regimen for safety, but focus on adding in things on a gradual basis so as to not overwhelm yourself. Go for a walk. Get up and move around your house. Do a few leg lifts or crunches each day. Even little additions of movement in your life can make a big difference in overall health.
Get rid of negative people in your life. Just as much as your physical health may need improvement, your emotional and mental health is vital. Negativity, abuse and frustration from other people often bring down your own state of mind. Make a list of people who automatically come to mind when you think of the negative people in your life. Choose to keep those in your life who you feel are valuable and perhaps just struggling at the moment, and eliminate any others that are not a vital part of your life. Get rid of the negativity from people around you and see your emotional well-being improve. This may simply mean blocking their social media statuses and keeping them at a distance, or it could mean removing them completely from your life.
These New Year’s resolutions to improve your health are easy for anyone to manage. Some take a bit more determination, and others may require some will power but all are great choices. Making good New Year’s resolution choices is important when it comes time to stick with something long term. Do things you feel you are capable of continuing, and focus on what will benefit your life the most this year.