8 Healthy Resolutions You Can Actually Achieve
How many times (and years) have you set out with the same set of healthy resolutions, only to give up mid-way or never start at all? Or maybe you’ve given up making the same health goals that you never actually get around to doing.
Tweak your resolutions in a way that will have you enjoying your new activities, or at least tackling your health goals in a more tangible way. Consider these resolutions for starters:
1. Enroll in a fitness class or sport.
Instead of saying “Be more active,” or “move more,” take steps to actually commit to an activity that will get you moving. If you’ve had trouble keeping up a gym membership out of boredom, lack of motivation, or a proper fitness program, enroll in a fitness class or sport instead. There’s a reason workouts like indoor cycling, HIIT classes, studio boxing, and even CrossFit have gained such a cult following—there’s something about joining a community of people with similar goals and working up a sweat with other people. Don’t blame us if you get addicted to your new fitness habit.
2. Take a packed lunch to work.
Let’s face it. The fast food meals, instant noodles, processed food, and value meals that come with soda are just not doing you any good. If you’re lucky enough to have someone cook at home (or cook yourself), take the time to pack your lunch for the day. Pack yesterday’s dinner in advance, and include a snack you can eat midday. Your wallet and gut will thank you.
3. Learn how to cook the basics.
Even the noobiest kitchen noobs can whip a few tasty meals, thanks to the internet and basic ingredients. Start out with the basics, and think simple—steak, for example, can be much easier to cook than you realize. Meals don’t have to be complicated, and the healthiest meals are often the most simple to prepare. Check out some basic recipes here.
4. Stay hydrated.
It’s not just about drinking eight glasses of water a day, but staying hydrated and making sure your body has the nutrients it needs. At worst, dehydration can cause your blood pressure to drop, kidney problems, confusion and seizures, and even heatstroke. Check out this guide so you can be aware of when your body needs more fluids. And while you're at it...
5. Trade in soda and juice for plain old H20.
Soda, even the diet kinds, are really just bad for your body. Regular soda is loaded with sugar and chemicals, and diet soda might actually be wreaking havoc on your body as we speak. Processed juices aren’t doing you any favors either—they’re loaded with sugar, artificial flavoring, and preservatives, too. If you’re not a fan of water, consider sparkling water to help wean yourself from soda, or trade juices for infused water (water with slices of citrus fruits).
.6. Say no to that invitation for “one more beer.”
Excessive alcohol intake leads to weight gain, especially for men—but how much is too much? According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) in the US, ”low-risk” drinking means a maximum of 14 drinks per week and 4 drinks in a day. Experts also say that the more alcohol you drink, the worse your diet is likely to become. Say no to that “one for the road” drink that almost never becomes just one more drink.
7. Use your legs more
If you can’t seem to find time to exercise, get yourself to move more. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, or park in an area that will require a bit of a walk to your office—a fifteen minute walk to your office from your parking slot would already get you 30 minutes of light physical activity every day.
8. Do a daily digital detox
How often are you glued to your phone, idly scrolling through social media every spare minute? You don’t always have to stay so updated on social media and the latest trending news. Give yourself an hour before bedtime to just unplug, relax, and plan out the day ahead. If the industry you’re in permits you to spend a whole day away from the digital sphere, keep a weekend free from anything digital.