8 Foolproof New Year’s Resolution
Goodbye, 2017. Hello, 2018! 👋
If you’re reading this: give yourself a pat in the back. You’ve managed through all the goods and the bads that 2017 has thrown at you 👏
Now that the New Year is just right around the corner, it’s time to think about the good things that happened this year and jumpstart your 2018 for success! We usually take the time to reflect what we’ve accomplished so far and make some goals to make ourselves better for the upcoming year.
New Year symbolizes a new beginning, a step towards a better self.
Are you are tired of making the same New Year’s Resolution every single year, and could never be able to actually cross any single one off your list? Yeah, we’ve been there too. But fret not, we created a realistic and manageable goals to set you up for success this coming year!
1. Eat more fruits and vegetables
According to MyPlate, eating an overall healthy diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables may reduce risk of heart disease, certain type of cancers, obesity, and type 2 diabetes. As fruits and vegetables tend to be low in calories, it can lower calorie intake. Furthermore, eating fruits and vegetables that are high in fibers keep you full for longer — perfect to lose some of that holiday weight!
2. Drink more water
Did you know that two-third of our body consists of water? Thus, it seems like a no-brainer that getting enough water everyday is essential for our bodily function. CDC mentions that water aids in balancing body temperature, lubricates joints, protects spinal cords and other sensitive tissues, and get rid of wastes.
Set aside a few minutes of your day to de-stress and clear your mind. Studies suggest that meditation improves emotional health, helps to develop stronger understanding of oneself, increases attention-span, fights insomnia and pain, and decreases blood pressure.
4. Get moving 🏃
Be it going up the stairs instead of taking the elevator, parking in the farthest lot when you go grocery shopping, or a full on workout — every little step you take (pun intended) counts. Some of the health benefits of physical activity includes weight management, reduced risk of some cancers, heart diseases, type 2 diabetes, and improvement of mood and mental health, CDC mentioned.
Tip: The Physical Activity Guidelines for adults is 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity (think brisk walking) or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic exercise (like jogging or swimming laps) per week.
5. Try out 1 new (healthy) recipe each week
Get out of your dinner rut by challenging yourself to try venturing out from your typical ‘chicken & broccoli’ recipe. By choosing a different variety of food across different food groups, you are more likely to obtain different nutrients and have a well-balanced diet. And who knows if you end up discovering your new favorite recipe?
6. Meal plan + prep
A study conducted by USDA found that foods that are prepared outside of home are higher in saturated fat, sodium, and cholesterol and lower in dietary fiber than food prepared at home. Meal planning also helps you to stay within your budget, save time, and decrease food waste.
7. Get enough sleep
How many hours of sleep are you getting each day? According to National Sleep Foundation, younger adults & adults (age 18–64) should be getting 7–9 hours of sleep daily. And no, you can’t save it all for the weekends!
8. Be kind to yourself
Give yourself some recognition when you hit your new plank record or crush you weekly work goal. But also remember to not beat yourself up too much when you’re feeling stressed out and forgive yourself when something did not go as you planned.