December 23, 2015
Healthy New Year’s resolutions
With 2016 just around the corner, you may have started to think about your plans for the year ahead. Whether you’ve saved up to place a deposit on a new home or are looking for a change in career, you might want to make some resolutions that will see you through 2016 in the right way.
While many people vouch to make more time for their friends and family, others make resolutions that will change their lifestyle for the better, incorporating healthy and well-informed choices into their routines.
If you want to begin making some better health choices from the new year onwards, here are a few to get you started:
Try something new
If you’re used to following the same routine each day, make 2016 the time to step out of your comfort zone and try something new.
While it’s good to have structure in your lifestyle, it’s equally important to have a bit of variety. A lifestyle that’s too rigid will become boring and repetitive, so be more open to change. A great way to get started is by trying a new activity each month, such as acrobatics, tennis or lacrosse.
This will give you something exciting to look forward to throughout the year, not to mention keep your fitness levels up.
Eat more fruit and vegetables
Make a pact with yourself to introduce more fruit and vegetables into your diet. If you get bored easily, mix things up by making fruit salads, smoothies and swapping vegetables as the seasons change.
This way, you’ll be getting all of the right, healthy nutrients, just in a variety of ways.
Quit bad habits
A new year is the perfect time to leave bad habits behind. This could involve unhealthy habits such as smoking, binging on junk food, a lack of exercise and drinking lots of alcohol.
Many health centres offer free advice for stopping smoking, with tools such as nicotine patches and gum helping addicts to kick the habit. What’s more, getting up and active, rather than sitting on the sofa eating a takeaway will encourage you to make better choices when it comes to food.
Health and lifestyle apps like dacadoo can help you stay on the right track, keeping you motivated to go on and achieve your goals.
Get more sleep
A lack of sleep is known to hinder productivity levels, leaving you feeling lethargic and more susceptible to illness.
Therefore, be strict with yourself by setting a bedtime each evening. While it might be tempting to stay awake and watch another episode of your favourite television series, this will only make you more tired and less productive the following day.
Setting small goals will lead to great results in the long-run and your body will thank you for it.