Most New Year’s resolutions tend to be about getting fit and losing weight. People generally limit their resolutions to joining a gym, or vaguely saying they’re going to eat better. Hello! Get with 2015 – think OVERALL health! Here are ten varieties to the typical New Year’s resolutions, and remember, being more specific in your goals will help you to achieve them.
Eat more fruits and vegetables – Simple yet effective. One easy way to do this is to have a fruit each day for breakfast, and to make sure a vegetable is included with all other meals.
Stretch more – You’d be amazed how stretching daily can help minimize aches and pains and even reduce stress. When you get home from work, or right before bed, try doing 10-15 minutes of light stretching and you’ll notice a huge difference in how you feel. Remember to hold the stretch until you feel the muscle loosen.
Cut down on salt – High salt consumption can cause a variety of health problems including raised blood pressure, heart disease, kidney disease and arthritis. One main way to reduce your salt intake is to stop eating processed foods.
Spend more time with family – Let’s face it, western society puts more importance on work than on family time. Cut time out of your busy schedule for quality time with loved ones: have board-game night, teach the kids how to bake, plan a day trip. Things like this go far in establishing your own optimal well-being and connections with loved ones.
Take a fitness class – Want to get in shape but hate the gym? Why not join your local hockey team, take a karate class, or even a tango class? There are so many fun ways to get moving and learn something new at the same time!
Workout your brain – Knowledge is power. Why limit your workouts to your body? How about a resolution to read more or take a continuing education class? How about learning a language or how to play an instrument?
Get massages regularly – Now this resolution I can get on board with! Massages are great for stress relief and in preventing injury after exercise.
Set up a home gym – What better way to make sure you’ll exercise than by setting up a home gym. It’s easier than you think. All you need is a few key pieces of equipment. This stuff doesn’t even have to be expensive or take up tons of room anymore. Check out The Human Trainer.
Get enough sleep and rest – We know you have a lot to do, but don’t skimp on sleep to get it done. Make sure you are getting 7-8hrs of sleep at night. Plus, take time to yourself to unwind. Don’t feel guilty for a day of doing nothing. We all need some time to recharge the batteries.
See your doctor – If you haven’t been to see your family doctor in a while, schedule an appointment: have blood tests done, and try to get a complete physical. Getting checked regularly can help catch little problems before they become big ones.
Do one, some, or all these resolutions, and aim to have a happy and healthy year.
Now go out there and conquer 2015. Happy New Year!
Resources: athomefitness.com, realbuzz.com