Resolutions for the New Year . . . And Sticking to Them

The following article contains excerpts from the CommonHealth’s Wellnote and Rodale Wellness’s article 50 Healthy New Year’s Resolutions You Won’t Regret Making

President Abraham Lincoln said, “Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.”

When thinking about a New Year’s resolution, it is helpful to choose an objective that can be successfully reached. These goals may be short- or long-term, simple or complex, individual or shared. Some of the most common New Year’s resolutions for Americans include:

• Focusing on health by losing weight, exercising, and eating healthier foods

• Becoming more financially savvy by lowering debts and saving moneyindoor-workout-yoga-1000

• Quitting a bad habit, like drinking too much alcohol or smoking

• Improving professionally by finding a better job or pursuing higher education

• Traveling more by planning a trip

• Being more environmentally responsible by reducing, reusing, and recycling

• Serving others by volunteering more

Here are a few ways to help you keep your New Year’s resolutions:

  • Find ways to get a better night’s sleep. There is simply not an aspect of healthy living that is not affected by sleep. From your productivity to your daily happiness, the quality of your sleep largely determines how your entire day will go.
  • Losing weight and working out more are on just about everyone’s New Year’s resolutions list, but this year, aim to simply do more workouts right in your own living room. Redesign your favorite workout class  for your living room. Get your fitness on with items you already have stashed away throughout your home.
  • Take a break from technology every once in a while. Unplugging from your cell phone, social media, etc. can help you regain control and focus of your day-to-day life.
  • Just breathe. Breathe with purpose, that is. Being aware of your breath — breathing in joy and breathing out stress — can reshape your whole world, so try a simple 15-minute breathing break to center yourself for a powerful mental reboot.
  • Eat more fat. Bet you didn’t expect that. Just reach for the healthy kind of fats. “Adding the right quantities of healthy fat to your diet actually helps you lose fat,” says Dr. Kellyann Petrucci, author of Dr. Kellyann’s Bone Broth Diet.
  • Eat more protein. Protein fills you up, keeps you satisfied, and crushes cravings by stymieing your neuronal reward system. When you’re low in protein, cravings take over and your best attempts to bypass your coworker’s brownies feels like a losing battle.

unplugging-1000For more tips to help you stick to your New Year’s resolutions, visit the Rodale Wellness newsletter at http://www.rodalewellness.com/health/50-healthy-new-years-resolutions. The CommonHealth’s Wellnote series can be found at www.commonhealth.virginia.gov. May the force be with you all as you continue your journey to better health and a happier life.

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