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The Healthiest New Year's Resolutions You Can Make

January 3rd, 2017

by Michael Ryan

Health & Nutrition

The New Year is upon us. Perhaps this year hasn’t been that fabulous for you. You took up some bad habits that you now regret at the end of the year. Whatever it is, you are presented with a fresh new opportunity to change yourself. Make 2017 the year you will accomplish your goals without giving in. The key to succeed in accomplishing goals is to set realistic targets. Only then, you would be able to achieve greater things in the long run. Here are some of the healthiest New Year resolutions you can make for transforming your life:

Achieve Your Weight Loss Goal

If you have always been on the larger side, now is the time to get slimmer. Eat healthy. We all know this is easier said than done. Hang your dream dress in your cupboard on near your dresser so you are motivated to shed unwanted pounds. If you dream of playing your favorite sport, post picture of an athlete whose body you want to attain. Re-vamp your grocery list and replace cookies, sugary products and juices with healthier alternatives.

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Include more vegetables in your diet and find a gym partner to do your workouts. Consume plenty of fluids and don’t go out to shop without eating a healthy snack at home. Little measures like these play an important role in your weight loss journey.

Get More Sleep

It’s not rocket science. Getting enough sleep means staying more alert and enhancing your problem-solving capabilities. Studies and researches have indicated that people who are deprived of sleep are prone to gain weight and develop type-2 diabetes. Limit your screen-time as much as possible before going to bed.

Establish a good bedtime routine that comprises of reading, meditating or talking to a buddy before retiring to bed. You will observe how refreshing your mornings become when you get a good 7 to 8 hours of shuteye time. A good sleep routine offers several benefits, such as improved memory and good cognitive function, making this one of the healthiest New Year resolutions you can make.

Avoid Stress

The hustle and bustle of the modern life has a few downsides as well. Owing to the pressure of meeting deadlines, preparing for important meetings or unexpected life events, you are prone to a little bit of stress, every now and then. However, when it gets too overwhelming, there must be some ways to calm your nerves. Take up yoga or hit the gym. Exercise and meditation have known to boost the production of feel-good hormones that will help you to combat negative emotions, the natural way. In 2017, focus on the things you enjoy and remove all negative energy from your system. 

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Volunteer for a Cause

Nothing makes you feel better than contributing towards making other people’s lives better. If you have never done it before, volunteer for a local community cause or donate generously to a trust. This is good form of therapy to forgive yourself for the things you have done in the past. It’s time to move on and give more to people to make them feel happy. This will ultimately bring more happiness to nobody but you.

Say No to Binge Drinking

Listen up, ladies and men. If women consume above three alcoholic drinks in one sitting and guys drink above four, they are categorized as heavy drinkers. Stop believing that alcohol is good for you. It is just something you can do while hanging out with friends or at parties. The next year should be alcohol free for the rest of the days. Gradually curb the urge to drink by initially replacing your alcoholic beverages with lower-strength substitutes. This is without doubt among the healthiest New Year resolutions.  

Quit or Cut Down on Smoking

We all know how hard it is to give up smoking. But the facts and figures are enough to open your eyes. Not only smoking gives rise to several types of cancers, it is bad for you lungs and causes great harm to your teeth as well. Emotional support and counseling can help you combat your addiction. Joining a support group can also help you give up smoking in the coming year. 

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Save Money

If you were in financial troubles during 2016, the New Year brings a great chance to start all over again. Take a look at the areas of life where you can save money. Switch banks or get rid of your mortgage by moving into a new house. Sell old stuff you no longer use. Avoid impulse buying and maintain a list of things you need to buy, keeping high priority things on the top. Start with little steps and you will see how much money you are able to save every month.

Final Thoughts

If you think setting these healthiest New Year resolutions is a bad idea, remember about Nola Ochs from Illinois. At 95 years old she set a Guinness world record by becoming the world’s oldest college graduate. Before she died at the age of 98, she also achieved a Master's Degree in Liberal Arts. It’s never too late to start again and achieve the dreams you couldn’t in 2016. 

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