Millions of Americans will be making (and breaking) their New Year’s resolutions in the next few weeks. By the time February 2018 rolls around, about 80% of them will have failed or given up. This shouldn’t discourage you from making New Year’s resolutions, but rather encourage you to make realistic ones.
Realistic New Year’s resolutions are ones that you can make and easily keep. We have compiled 5 resolutions that are not only easy to keep, but can benefit your overall health as well. For most of these, you’ll start noticing a difference in a few weeks to a few months.
Drink More Water
It’s been said that the average person should drink 8 glasses of water per day. Staying properly hydrated is key to well being and feeling good. Water flushes out toxins in your body, lubricates joints, protects sensitive tissues, and helps your organs function properly.
Every day we lose water through bowel movements, sweating, and even mild exercise such as walking up or down a flight of stairs. Even mild dehydration can cause you to feel tired, listless, and even give you a headache.
If you work in an office and find it hard to drink 8 glasses of water every day, try brining a thermos into work. You can store it under your desk and it won’t take up much space. If cost is an issue, you can buy a filtered water pitcher and filter the tap water at home.
Schedule a Physical
How many years has it been since your last physical? If you’re like most people, “too many” is your likely response. Most physicals are covered under health insurance and if time is an issue, you can find a doctor’s office that’s open after hours or on the weekends.
A physical exam can catch potential issues before they turn into major problem. For example, you could be suffering from high blood pressure and not be aware of it. If left unchecked and untreated, high blood pressure can cause a whole host of health issues, including heart disease and even heart attacks!
Go to Bed 15 Minutes Earlier
We have become a sleep-deprived society. College students, office workers, and even housewives don’t get as much sleep as they should. Lack of sleep can affect your mood, health, sex drive, and even your mental clarity. By going to bed just 15 minutes earlier than you normally would, you’re getting the benefit of extra sleep. Try to aim for at least 8 hours of sleep at night.
A great way to help get your body ready for sleep is to avoid using laptops, tablets, or cell phones before bedtime. They contain a blue colored light that has been proven to keep your body awake as well as messing up your circadian rhythm. Most laptops and cell phones have a “night mode” which reduces the blue light emitted by the screen.
Every January 1st, millions of people sign up for CrossFit and other strenuous exercise programs. Only a few of them actually stick with it due to the intensity and level of commitment that’s required.
A much easier and more attainable exercise program is to commit yourself to walking just 30 minutes a day. This can easily be accomplished during your lunch break at work, and you can even do it with your co-workers. Just 30 minutes of exercise per day can significantly increase your health and lower your risk for many medical conditions.
If you lack motivation, try taking the “30 minutes for 30 days” challenge with friends and family. All you need to do is commit yourself to walking 30 minutes a day for one month. By the end of the challenge you’ll feel great and be well on your way to keeping a healthy exercise program.
Millions of people will make “going on a diet” their #1 resolution for the New Year’s. The problem with diets is that unless you’re under the care of a dietician, it’s hard to keep up with them. Instead of trying to tackle something as massive as going on a diet, simple resolve to eat healthier.
What does eating healthy mean?
It means cutting out the fast food and eating more home-cooked meals. There are plenty of websites that will give you easy-to-prepare recipes that are not only healthy, but will cost a fraction of what you pay for fast food. By eating at home, you’ll also be saving a lot of money. Try adding up what you spent on food last month and you’ll see why eating healthier is an easy resolution to accomplish!
At the Baltimore Center, we care about the health and well-being of our patients. Looking good on the outside is only half the battle. You need to look good on the inside and that can only be accomplished by living a healthy lifestyle. Make 2018 the year you finally commit to living a healthy lifestyle. By accomplishing just one of the above New Year’s resolutions, you’ll not only feel a profound sense of accomplishment, but you’ll be well on your way to looking and feeling better!