It’s that time of year again. Did you make a New Year’s resolution last year and failed at keeping up with it? It’s ok! Whether or not you actually make resolutions or just want a clean slate, it’s never too late to start. It’s a brand new year and the perfect time to release, start fresh and a chance for a new you. Take a look at these 5 small ways to keep your health goals this year and celebrate the new year, new you.
New Year, New You
1. Take the Stairs
This is an easy one. While changing your routine to always take the stairs when available may not help you lose a ton of weight, there are great benefits to making this a routine habit. Going up stairs burns more calories than jogging and when going down the stairs, your body is working different muscles groups. Climbing the stairs makes your body release endorphins. This can help with mental clarity and your overall happiness.
2. Drink Less Alcohol
Ever hear of Dry January? A lot of people participate in this event for several reasons. Some give up drinking in the month of January to reset their bodies or because they made their new year, new you resolutions to become healthier. Some people need a break after excessive drinking during the holidays. Whatever the reason, this may a great way for you detox your body. The benefits of not consuming alcohol are numerous. Your weight, sleep patterns, heart health, liver, metabolism and blood sugar levels are just some of the things that cutting out alcohol can help improve. There is a website where you can sign up, get support from and even download an app to help keep you on track for Dry January. you could even create your own 21 Days Challenge!
3. Make a Resolution that is Just for You
Don’t just go with the generic I’m going to lose weight resolution. Take time to really think of something specific for you. Start small. Picture yourself 12 months from now. What goals can you make to get you there? Maybe it’s paying off debt. Try to figure out reasonable ways that you could do this. Maybe it’s weight loss. What will help you stick with this goal? Try no to burn yourself out by starting an intense workout program. If you made a resolution last year and didn’t follow it through, think about why and how you can tweak it stay on that path for the whole year. If you set a realistic goal and actually get to check it off your list at the end of the year, it can be an amazing feeling.
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4. Clean Up Clutter
Don’t wait for spring to do your heavy cleaning. Look around you, what haven’t you used in awhile? Donate things. Clean out the junk drawer. Go through boxes in your garage or attic. My family sold everything we own to travel. Seriously. I was a self-proclaimed hoarder, so if I can do it, so can you. But this isn’t limited to objects. Take a look at your life and your relationships. Declutter your mental health and your priorities. Fixing your emotional health is just as important as fixing your physical health. Afterall, you can’t have a new year, new you if your mind isn’t in a happy state.
5. Aim for Overall Health
This goes hand-in-hand with #3 and #4. Sometimes we focus so much on either weight loss or mental health, that we forget that they go together. You can’t have one without the other. Take time out for yourself. Go ahead, buy those shoes you’ve been fawning over. Romance yourself. Light candles, diffuse some essential oils and take a bath. Unwind. Remember to laugh. Be kind. Pay it forward. Smile. It’s these little things that can change a bad day into a great one. You only have this one life, so treat your body and mind with respect and affection!