Here are the healthy resolutions for the New Year you should make instead to make it a happier healthier 2015!
1. Do a plank every day, and add five seconds to your time each week.
Abs of steel, y’all. Start at 30 seconds on week one and let it build. Seriously, you will be so impressed with how strong you feel after a few weeks of doing this. Here are some different ways you can do planks, in case you want to mix it up a bit.
Other types of fitness resolutions you can make: Do 10 pushups every day. Or 10 squats. Add a few reps to your routine with each successive week. See how many you end up able to do by the end of the year!
2. Prepare a week’s worth of healthy snacks for yourself every Sunday, so that you’re munching on healthy foods when you get hungry throughout the week.
Bring them to work with you. Put them in your fridge and in your desk. Stash them in your purse, if you carry one.
The key to a healthy snack is that it has some combination of fat and protein and fiber (and some carbs) so that it gives you energy but also doesn’t digest quickly, which keeps you feeling more satisfied and less starving by mealtime. Here’s a super easy idea: almonds!
Other good ones: Hard boiled eggs — prep ‘em on Sunday, and grab one each morning on your way out the door for a hearty mid-morning snack. Apple slices with peanut butter. String cheese. A banana. Tuna salad on some crackers. And more!
3. Build yourself a standing desk.
4. Meditate/Pray for 5 to 10 minutes a day.
If the thought of meditation is too heady for you, here’s another idea: Focus on your breathing for 5 or 10 minutes a day instead. The point is to focus on being mindful and present for a set amount of time every day.
5. Eat less added sugar each day.
6. Walk for at least half an hour every day.
7. Or, if you’re ambitious, aim for 10,000 steps per day
Download a pedometer app on your phone to get a rough estimate of your steps for absolutely no money. Or if you wanna shell out, go for an entry-level Fitbit, which you can attach to your bra, shoelaces, belt loops… you name it.
8. Get seven to nine hours of good sleep every night.
This is so important! Not getting enough sleep it associated with a whole host of chronic diseases, like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and depression, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
9. Cut out all fizzy drinks. Cut it out!
Regular for sure, and diet if you can manage it. Nothing good comes from drinking it. One way to help train yourself is to drink green tea instead (for the caffeine), and to drink sparkling water (which kiiiind of tastes similar). Just as good if not better: Invest in a nifty water bottle and always carry it around with you.
10. Pack a healthy salad for lunch at least three or four days a week.
11. Or if you’re up for it, try to eat some form of veggies in every meal. For lunch and dinner, see if the veggies can take up at least half of your plate!
Veggies for breakfast, you ask? Why yes! Think of all the fun veggies you can chop up and put into omelets and frittatas: spinach, kale, peppers, onions, mushrooms, you name it.
As far as other veggies to eat throughout the day, check out 27 of the most delicious things you can do to vegetables.
12. Cut alcohol
13. Eat less salt
Extra salt in your diet can be really bad for people who already have high blood pressure. Do yourself a major favor and cut it out as much as possible. Big culprits include frozen meals, packaged foods, lots of sauces (soy sauce, for instance), and many chain restaurant meals. Before eating at a chain restaurant, actually, do yourself a favor and look up their nutrition facts online to get a sense of what’s a smarter, heart-healthier order.
14. Do an exercise that makes your heart pump at least three times a week.
15. Eat a healthy breakfast every morning.
A healthy breakfast means some combination of protein, healthy fats, fibre, and carbs. Egg sandwiches on English muffins are a great choice. Avocado toast. Hearty steel-cut oatmeal with berries. A veggie omelet. Things to avoid: anything that’s overwhelmingly carbohydrate-based without any fibre or protein or fat to help slow down the digestion. That means steer clear of muffins, pastries, breakfast bread, extra-big bowls of cereal.
16. Learn to cook a few healthy meals that you love, and make sure that you cook them at least three nights a week.
The more you cook at home, the more control you have over what goes into your body — you can make sure you’re eating as many fresh, whole foods as possible, and that you’re not overloading your meals with extra salt or butter or other stuff you might not want to eat too much of.
17. Seriously, stop smoking cigarettes.
As with many addictions, one of the most helpful tips you can learn is that avoiding temptation is easier than resisting it. So toss the cigarettes in the trash in a public garbage can. Don’t hang out in places where you might be likely to be offered a cigarette. And learn your triggers — the behaviors that make you crave cigarettes in a psychological way, like when you’re waiting in line or talking to people at a party. Figure out something to do with your hands or your mouth during that time that doesn’t involve a cigarette — like sipping some water or tea, chewing gum, or fiddling with some stress balls.
18. Become a morning person!
It’s totally doable, it just requires a bit of work at first. There are things you can do to make getting up early easier:
• Set a very specific bedtime, and make sure you are in bed and reading a book at that time, no exceptions.
• Don’t look at any computer or cell phone screens for at least an hour before bed, so that you can fall asleep easier.
• Invest in any of these incredibly weird and cool alarm clocks. Or just get a regular one. The point is, don’t use your phone as an alarm clock because then you’ll just spend all night reading Twitter and not going to bed.
• Put your new alarm clock across the room from you, so that you have to get out of bed in order to turn it off (no more slapping the snooze button a million and a half times).
• Lay out the clothes that you’re going to wear the night before, to make getting up and at ‘em easier for yourself.
• Sleep with your blinds cracked or partially drawn, so that you have some sunlight (maybe, depending on when you get up) streaming in when your alarm goes off. Makes it easier to wake up when your body can tell the sun is up or rising.
And some other great tips and tricks here.
19. Take at least one yoga class each week.
If you’re short on cash and time, you can also vow to do 10 stretches each morning when you get out of bed. The point is to make your yoga practice part of your lifestyle.
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