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9 New Year’s Resolutions You Can Actually Keep

New Year’s can signify a fresh start. For some, this means setting health goals, such as losing weight, following a healthier diet, and starting an exercise routine.

However, more often than not, the resolutions we choose are highly restrictive and unsustainable, leading most people to break their resolutions within a few weeks. This is why many people make the same resolutions year after year.

To break that cycle, it’s important to make resolutions that can not only improve health but also be followed for life (or at least for longer than two weeks!).

Here are 9 New Year’s resolutions you can actually keep.

Sit less and move more

Whether it’s due to having a sedentary job or simply being inactive, many people sit more than they should. Sitting too much can have negative effects on health. In fact, it may be linked to an increased risk of overall mortality.

Making a resolution to sit less is an easy and attainable resolution that can be tailored to fit your lifestyle. For example, if you have a desk job that requires long periods of sitting, make a resolution to go for a 15-minute walk at lunch or to get up and walk for 5 minutes every hour. Improving your posture at work can also help!

Cut back on sweetened beverages

Considering that sugary drinks are linked to an increased risk of obesity, fatty liver, heart disease, insulin resistance, and cavities in both children and adults, cutting back on sweetened beverages is a smart idea.

Though quitting sweetened beverages cold turkey is always an option, gradually minimizing your intake may help you kick your sugary drink habit for good. Check out our guide on how to detox from sugar and feel better than ever!

Get more quality sleep

Sleep is an essential part of overall health, and sleep deprivation can lead to serious consequences. For instance, lack of sleep may increase your risk of weight gain, heart disease, and depression.

There are many reasons why people don’t get enough sleep, so it’s important to focus on your schedule and lifestyle to determine the best ways to improve sleep quantity and quality.

Decreasing screen time before bed, reducing light pollution in your bedroom, cutting back on caffeine, and getting to bed at a reasonable hour are some simple ways to improve sleep hygiene.

Find a physical activity that you enjoy

Every New Year, people purchase expensive memberships to gyms, workout studios, and online fitness programs in hopes of shedding excess body fat in the year to come. Though most people start strong, the majority don’t make their new routine into a lasting habit.

Still, you can increase the chances of making your fitness resolutions stick. To get started, choose an activity based on enjoyment and whether it fits into your schedule.

For example, taking a half-hour walk, jog, or bike ride before work, or swimming at a gym that’s on your way home, are simple and sustainable exercise resolutions.

Then, set an attainable goal, such as planning to walk a few specific days per week instead of aiming for every day.

Making a more realistic goal can enhance the chances of making your new routine last, especially if you’re new to working out.

Cook more meals at home

Research shows that people who cook more meals at home have better diet quality and less body fat than people who eat more meals on the go.

In fact, a study in 11,396 adults found that those who ate 5 or more home-cooked meals per week were 28 percent less likely to be overweight, compared with those who ate fewer than 3 home-cooked meals per week.

Start by making one meal a day, then increase the frequency over time until you’re making the majority of your meals and snacks at home.

Limit screen time

Many people depend on their phones and computers for work and entertainment. However, spending too much time on electronic devices — particularly on social media — has been linked to depression, anxiety, and loneliness in some studies.

Setting a resolution to cut back on the time you spend scrolling through social media, watching TV, or playing computer games may help boost your mood and enhance productivity.

Rely less on convenience foods

Many people rely on convenience foods, such as packaged chips, cookies, frozen dinners, and fast food, for a quick meal or snack. Though these items may be tasty and readily available, they can have detrimental effects on your health if eaten too often.

For example, frequent fast food intake is associated with poor overall diet quality, obesity, and an increased risk of numerous conditions, including heart disease and diabetes.

To cut back on your consumption of convenience foods, make a resolution to prepare more meals at home using healthy ingredients.

Go grocery shopping regularly

Having a well-stocked pantry and fridge is necessary to prepare healthy, home-cooked meals.

If you’re not used to going grocery shopping, make a New Year’s resolution to go to the supermarket or farmer’s market more regularly to stock up on nutritious ingredients.

Depending on your schedule, it may be helpful to designate one day each week as your day to shop. Ensuring that you have time to buy the groceries you need to make tasty, nourishing meals is a savvy way to improve your diet quality.

Stop negative body talk

Talking negatively about your body can lead to feelings of body shame. In fact, research shows that engaging in and hearing negative body talk is associated with higher levels of body dissatisfaction and decreased self-esteem in both women and men.

Make a healthy New Year’s resolution to engage in positive self-talk regularly and reduce negative body talk. This may not only help improve your relationship with your own body but also encourage others to stop talking negatively about themselves.

  • mary aurelio
    Posted at 19:15h, 16 January

    Thank you

  • Anthony Miosi
    Posted at 16:43h, 15 January

    I always speak to my body in a positive fashion . .It listens some of the time . .

  • Rathjen Dennis
    Posted at 15:49h, 15 January


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    Posted at 14:47h, 15 January


  • Felicia baxter
    Posted at 11:17h, 15 January

    Great read

  • Cheryl Grose
    Posted at 20:19h, 14 January

    Thanks for the info

  • Leroinash
    Posted at 18:44h, 14 January

    I stay busy all the time just to keep up and going

  • michael. Elliott
    Posted at 18:21h, 14 January

    Great advise

  • Jennifer Kokta
    Posted at 17:54h, 14 January

    They are all sensible ideas and simple. I enjoyed these recommendations and plan to implement them into my lifestyle, to improve my health.

  • Kasheen hutson
    Posted at 17:53h, 14 January

    Great info

  • Mike Bouldin
    Posted at 16:45h, 14 January

    good information

  • Graciela Esquivel
    Posted at 00:43h, 12 January

    well done

  • Graciela Esquivel
    Posted at 00:42h, 12 January

    Fantastic information

  • Joseph custis
    Posted at 18:17h, 10 January

    Good info

  • RogerMoore
    Posted at 00:24h, 10 January

    Working hard loosing those pounds thanks for the tip.

  • Jill Zeigler
    Posted at 18:21h, 09 January

    We recently got a dog to help us sit less and move more!

  • Daphne Mayfield
    Posted at 05:30h, 09 January

    Great advice

  • Ramon elorde
    Posted at 05:14h, 09 January

    Thank you

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