New year, new you! All of those things you said you were going to do last year that you never got around to? All of the times you said, “It’s the holidays, it doesn’t count!” Well, New Years is a great time to start fresh and set some healthy New Year’s resolutions.
If you are looking to make 2018 a year of health and happiness, look no further! Here are 5 easy and healthy New Year’s resolutions to make this new year.
You’ve heard it before and you’re sure to hear it again: don’t skip breakfast. It’s nicknamed “the most important meal of the day” for a reason! Studies have shown that eating a breakfast high in protein can actually help you eat less throughout the day. (Not to mention all of the energy it provides you with to brave the day.) So crack some eggs, grab a cup of Greek yogurt, and say hello to breakfast!
If you’re on the go, here are 8 healthy snack ideas.
Being able to apologize authentically makes it easier to get back into a positive mood after going through a difficult situation. A positive attitude is rewarding for focus, social connection, and even your mental health. So next time you get in a tiff with your brother, friend, or colleague, forget the grudge and do what you can to reconcile… and mean it! A little apology goes a long way!
Whether you’re in a rush or not, we all have caught ourselves opting to take the easy way up now and then. This year, skip the elevator and take the stairs! They are a quick and simple way to get your heart rate up – no gym membership required!
Walking up a few flights of stairs might not have the same effect as running that marathon you’ve always dreamed of, but it can help you get in the habit of moving more, which encourages you to be active in other areas of your life, as well.
Your body is your temple. Doctors recommend drinking six to eight 8-ounce glasses of water daily. Challenge yourself to meet that amount! Have a glass when you wake up, before and during meals, before and during exercise, and right before bed! Aside from staying hydrated, drinking more water can actually help you control your caloric intake! Drinking water before a meal can help you feel fuller, and you’ll be less likely to eat more.
Pop, soda, soft drinks… whatever you call it, sugar-sweetened drinks have been proven time and time again to have many negative health effects. This year, try sipping on a sparkling water infused with fruit! Sugar-rich beverages increase risk of diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and sometimes even early death. So skip the Coke, and save a few bucks while you’re at it!
A little bit goes a long way! Challenge yourself to meet these five easy goals, and you’ll feel healthier and happier in no time. What a great way to kick off the new year!