With the arrival of a new year (and a new decade), we all want to start afresh. We like to picture our lives as clean slates, waiting to be filled with better things. And just like we do with the passing of an old year and the arrival of a new one, we promise to focus on our health. We decide that we’ll switch to a healthy diet. We promise to hit the gym or get in tons of exercise. But more often than not, we end up letting those promises slide. Something or the other always comes in the way and our precious resolutions are almost always forgotten about.
But, let’s make 2020 a little different, shall we? Let’s not give in this time. Let’s keep at it. Let’s make healthy new year resolutions and stick to them. Are you ready to give it a go? If so, here are eight healthy new year resolutions that we think you can definitely follow.
- Sleep better
Good health and good sleep are related in more ways than one. Poor sleep or lack of enough sleep can lead to various illnesses. It can also mean weight gain as well as increased stress and agitation. You will also find yourself feeling more tired than usual. So, this 2020, focus on getting in a good 7-8 hours of sleep every night. Change your pillow if it’s uncomfortable, make sure that the temperature of the room you sleep in is just right and if required, purchase an eye-mask or earplugs to block out light and sound.
- Cut back on sugar
Don’t worry! You can do this one day at a time, by swapping out a sugary food item from your diet each day. By now, everyone knows that sugar’s not good for the body. But then again, it’s pretty difficult to get your sweet tooth to listen to you. So, try simple things. For instance, if you love chocolate, ditch those chocolate-chip cookies for fruit sprinkled with some cocoa or cinnamon powder, or coated with a thin layer of peanut butter, which is also a good protein source.
- Get in 30 minutes of exercise
Whether it’s early in the morning before heading to work or late in the evening, make it a point to devote at least 30 minutes of your day to get fit. Get in some cardio, go jogging, join a yoga class, take up cycling or maybe just set out on a walk. Swimming is also a great form of exercise that’s also very enjoyable. Make sure to do what you love so that it doesn’t seem like exercise at all!
- Focus on ‘me-time’
We’re all so busy with our jobs and our social lives, that we often tend to overlook the importance of spending time with ourselves. This 2020, resolve to spend time with yourself, doing all the things you like to do. This could be something as huge as planning a solo trip and seeing it through, or little things like booking yourself a spa appointment or catching up on your reading list. Re-discover what makes you happy, because when you’re happy, it’s easier to listen to what your body says and focus on holistic wellness.
- Drink more water
If you’ve been meaning to drink more water since 2019, make 2020 the year in which you do it! Drinking enough water leads to the flushing out of toxins, cleanses your body and keeps you healthy and hydrated. Make sure to drink at least eight glasses of water a day. If you find that difficult, you could always start lower and then build your way up.
- Learn healthy recipes
If your goal is to focus on what you eat in 2020, it’s probably a good idea to learn a couple of healthy recipes. It doesn’t even have to be elaborate. Sometimes, the simplest and the quickest recipes can turn out to be the most delicious ones! So, consider learning a healthy breakfast recipe that you actually think you can execute or experiment with new cuisine and learn all about healthy substitutes for different ingredients. It’s a fun way to learn to eat healthy!
- Take the stairs
Most of us have jobs that see us sitting at a desk for over 8 hours. And that’s definitely not good. So, make sure to move around as much as you can. This could mean taking frequent walks, but another good option would be to take the stairs instead of the elevator, as much as you can.
- Take only what you can eat
Be more mindful of the food you eat. When you’re at the dinner table, ask yourself ‘will I eat this?’ Serve yourself only as much as you think you can eat. Not only does this help you keep from wasting food, but also ensures that you do not overeat.
So, go on! Pick one out of these or choose to follow them all. They’re all relatively easy resolutions to keep and we know that you can do this.
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