Four Tips to Achieve Your Healthy New Year’s Resolutions
Nearly half of Americans resolved to lose weight or to get healthy in 2018, making it the second most popular New Year’s resolution (the first was to save money).
All indications point to this year being similar in terms of what people are resolving to change about themselves, which means that if you’re not resolving to get healthy yourself, chances are someone in your household or circle of friends is! Since most people drop their resolutions by February, it might be helpful to read some tips for succeeding…
Check out this list of ways you might be able to stick to your healthy New Year’s resolutions for 2019.
1) Focus on Baby Steps
It is common to want to wake up on January 1, put on running shoes, run 5 miles, come home to a breakfast of oatmeal and grapefruit, eat a salad for lunch, lift weights after work, and have a low-carb dinner.
If this is close to your current lifestyle, then that’s excellent. But if you are striving to achieve a number of healthy New Year’s resolutions for 2019 that are completely different from your current diet and fitness regimen, this transformation will be harder to sustain long term.
Instead, pick 1 or 2 small steps you can take toward healthier living.
- If you are currently sedentary or minimally active, running for miles is unrealistic and counterproductive. Choose to get in a daily 30-minute walk with the goal of building up from there.
- If you usually eat bacon, eggs, and waffles for breakfast, you aren’t going to be satisfied with a sudden switch to oatmeal or bran cereal. Instead, try cutting back your portion sizes and maybe substituting fruit for refined carbs.
2) Consider Taking Supplements
Whether you already follow a healthy diet or not, certain supplements added to your diet can improve your immune response, reduce inflammation in your body, and provide various other health benefits.
Dead Sea Moringa is a supplement that contains 92 nutrients and 46 antioxidants. Even if you didn’t make any other changes to your lifestyle, taking moringa may help reduce the free radicals in your body, making it less likely for you to develop illnesses.
Moringa would increase your intake of vitamin C and calcium, improving your bone health and immune system. The niacin found in the product could also lower your blood pressure.
We don’t suggest that you only take a supplement, of course. When added to simple lifestyle choices such as adding in a bit of exercise and cutting down on refined sugars, you are likely to see a big change in your overall health.
3) Build Habit Upon Habit
The way a habit is formed is by reacting to a cue in the same way every time the cue occurs. You already have some habits that you are largely unaware of.
For example, the order in which you wash your hair and body in the shower is a habit. Maybe you start with your hair and end with your feet (or vice versa). You’ve been doing it so long that you don’t consciously think, “Now I need to wash my arms.” You simply do it.
Another is where you put your phone, keys, purse, or briefcase when you walk in the door. You don’t have to think of a spot each time; you already have it established.
Building a habit on top of another habit is one way to make your healthy New Year’s resolutions stick. So think of something you already do…
Maybe every morning, you fix a cup of coffee immediately after getting dressed. In that case, make the effort to add your moringa supplement to this part of your routine.
Before you pour the coffee, take the supplement. You might have to remind yourself for the first week or two; set a reminder on your phone or put a sticky note in the cabinet where you keep your coffee mug.
Within a month (probably less), however, this will be part of your routine. You will not have to think about it anymore.
You can do this with any habit, from exercising to going to bed earlier to remembering to have fresh vegetables with your lunch. Simply choose another habit that you have already established and piggyback the desired habit onto it.
4) Identify Your Why
When you feel your willpower flagging, it can help to go back to why you wanted to get healthier in the first place.
Did you want to have more energy to play with your children or grandchildren? Maybe you’ve been feeling bad about the way you look and want to lose some weight to improve your appearance.
Perhaps one of your parents developed diabetes and you want to do everything you can to avoid it by implementing healthy habits.
Writing down your “why” in a journal will give you something to look back on later when you are not feeling up to sticking to your 2019 resolutions. Most of the time, an established habit will keep you on track, but sometimes you will need that extra motivation.
Keep your list of “whys” at hand to help you through the times when you don’t feel like sticking to your healthy New Year’s resolutions.
Do you already have your healthy New Year’s resolutions in place? If not, it’s not too late to get started on your journey toward a healthier lifestyle. You don’t have to wait until the next Monday, the first of the month, or the first of the year to change your life.
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