It’s almost time for 2018! If you’re like many people, once you recover from New Year’s Eve, you’re going to set some New Year’s resolutions. New Year’s resolutions can be a great way to set goals—what’s often trickier is sticking to those goals. Often, the resolutions we make don’t stick because they are not specific enough.
Here are some ideas for healthy New Year’s resolutions that are healthy and more specific. By getting specific—and making a commitment to stick with your resolution for at least three weeks—you’ll find it easier to form new habits and make healthy changes.
- Exercise five times a week for at least 30 minutes a day. This is more specific than just saying “I’m going to exercise more.” Five times a week for 30 minutes a day is the
currentaccepted recommendation to maintain good health. If you want to lose weight, you’ll likely have to make a bigger time commitment. However, the good news is you can exercise in chunks throughout the day—for instance, you can take a 10-minute brisk walk after each meal.
- Eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables each day. There are likely other dietary changes you want to make—but increasing your intake of veggies and fruit is a can’t-lose proposition. Also, by adding more veggies and fruit to your meals and for snacks, there’s less room for unhealthy food choices.
- Do at least one thing for yourself each day. With today’s hectic schedules—not to mention the barrage of bad news around the world—it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. One way to combat this is to make time for better self-care. Whether it’s a meditation session, extra yoga class, or even just time for reading before bed, pick something that relaxes you and devote some time to it every day. If you have kids, you’ll send the message that as a parent, you need time to recharge your batteries, even if it’s ever so briefly each day.
- Sleep 7 to 8 hours. Doctors discover more evidence each year about the importance of sleep. Lack of sleep continues to be linked to disease and poor health. If quality sleep is a challenge for you, make 2018 the year of better sleep. There are lots of articles online about how to improve your sleep. If you try the advice from those articles and still find sleep a challenge, talk to your doctor. Make sleep a priority, and it will have positive effects in other parts of your life.
- Join a group. Loneliness is a major health problem—in fact, chronic loneliness can increase your chances of an early death by 14%, according to a Time magazine article. If feeling lonely is a problem for you, commit to trying something new every week to stay socially engaged. Join a group, take a class, connect with a friend in real life, call an old friend who you haven’t talked to in a long time, or organize a social event. These ideas can help you feel more socially and emotionally connected with others.
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