Make this your best year yet!
Have you made New Year’s resolutions in the past that have gone unfulfilled? Haven’t we all? We always seem to re-evaluate our lives at the beginning of each year, and for good reason. We tend to make unrealistic resolutions to better ourselves, only to end up disappointed when we aren’t successful.
Don’t do that in 2017. Keep it simple this year. Making a few small changes can considerably impact how you feel and lead to a healthier, more peaceful life. Try these New Year’s resolutions for a healthier, happier you!
Get Active. We’re not talking about completing a triathlon…just be reasonable. Integrate activities into your day that keep you moving. Strive for 30 minutes of physical activity each day. You can take a walk, ride your bike, or even join in a game of kickball in the backyard with the family. Take the stairs and dodge the elevator. Park in that one space at the mall that no one else wants-the one farthest from the front door. Mix it up and keep it fun! You’ll feel great doing it, and it won’t be long before you notice the results and feel an extra burst of energy.
You Are What You Eat. We all know that input affects output. What we eat affects our skin, our weight, and energy…and just overall, how we feel each day. Make smart choices.
Small, yet meaningful, changes to your diet can really make a difference in how you look and feel, and whether you are giving your best in 2017.
For starters, reduce sodium intake by opting for low or no-sodium foods. Sodium contributes to high blood pressure and causes that familiar, uncomfortable bloating we have all experienced.
You may also want to add antioxidants to your diet to help fight cancer, inflammation, and heart disease. Potatoes, beans, cherries, apples, plums, and even chocolate contain antioxidants. Yum!
Eliminate white bread and pasta, and switch to whole grain breads, pasta, rice, and cereals. Along with assisting with weight management, whole grains help reduce the risk of stroke, type 2 diabetes, colorectal cancer, and high blood pressure, as well as other health issues.
And, of course, increase your intake of fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables provide us with all those necessary vitamins and minerals our bodies need to function and feel their best.
Find Your Balance. It can be hard to find balance when we continue to bring work home with us on our cell phones and tablets. We are constantly on the go with work and family. Our lives are so busy…it’s easy to become overwhelmed and exhausted. Your most important New Year’s Resolution must be to take care of yourself. Say no to the things that don’t add value to your life. Go ahead and reserve some time to relax and unwind…at the spa, the gym, the beach, or at home with a good book. Commit to treating yourself the way you deserve to be treated.
You don’t have to dread making New Year’s Resolutions in 2017. Commit to these sensible, realistic resolutions, and enjoy a safe, healthy, prosperous New Year!