The beginning of a new year is a great time to start fresh and accomplish some goals. Setting sights too high and changing too many things at once, however, often sets people up for failure. Start small to make significant changes in life. These healthy New Year’s resolutions will help everyone get the best start to the new year.
Drink More Water
The body is 75 percent water. Even a small amount of dehydration can cause headaches, itchy skin, and loss of mental focus. It’s tempting to reach for a sweet drink at lunchtime, but the amount of sugar in soda, sweetened coffees, and iced tea quickly adds up. Instead, aim to drink at least 64 ounces of water each day. Adding fruit can help flavor water while still keeping the sugar count low.
Get a Better Night’s Rest
Getting six to eight hours of sleep a day can improve every part of a person’s life. Well-rested people perform better at work and school, have an easier time maintaining a healthy weight, and are less likely to be involved in a motor vehicle accident. Turn off electronics two hours before bed, keep them out of the bedroom, and don’t drink any caffeine after 2:00 in the afternoon to help wind down naturally and get better sleep at night.
Eat a Healthy Breakfast Every Day
The most important meal of the day is often skipped by those who need it most. Eating a healthy breakfast helps prevent heart disease, may reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, and keeps energy levels high throughout the day. Try spreading almond butter on whole wheat bread and topping with sliced bananas for a simple, fast way to start the day.
Get active in the new year to prevent heart disease, lose weight, and decrease the risk of osteoporosis. While it can be tempting to go hard and try a difficult workout regimen, doing so may result in injury that can put a pause on fitness goals. Start with a small goal of moving more by aiming for 30 minutes of exercise a day and move up from there. Finding an enjoyable activity, such as swimming, cycling, or hiking, will help make exercise fun.