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Healthy New Year’s Resolutions You Can Actually Stick To

New Year! 2019 has officially arrived and with it, so have millions of
resolutions. People everywhere are using the new year as an opportunity to
commit themselves to new habits, rid themselves of old habits and embark on
hopeful adventures during the next 12 months. In fact, according to
Marist Poll, 44% of Americans plan on
making a resolution for 2019. Of these individuals, 13% vow to exercise more,
12% want to quit smoking and 10% resolve to lose weight.

a whopping 35% of respondents whose sole focus for their resolution is a
healthy habit. Needless to say, we care about our health. However, there is
more to health than simply losing weight. If you want to create a healthy New
Year’s resolution you can actually stick to in 2019, here are some ideas to get

1. Get better sleep.

of the simplest ways you can start the new year off on a healthy note is by
getting better sleep. Dr. Nathan Samras, a primary care physician at UCLA
says, “Insufficient sleep can
decrease the immune system’s ability to be as strong as it should to fight
common illnesses such as head colds and other viruses. It can also increase the
risk and severity of various mood problems including anxiety and depression.”
This means, if you want to live a healthier and happier lifestyle in 2019, then
the first step is going bed—for longer, deeper, better sleep.

2. Watch what you consume.

one seems obvious, right? If you want to be healthier, then you must lose
weight, which means dieting. Well, not exactly. In fact, diets
don’t work more often than they do.
According to
UCLA, the vast majority of people
who go on diets will regain the weight shortly after, or more. Instead, this
year, resolve to watch what you consume. Take note of your eating and drinking
habits, and then slowly take intentional steps toward healthier alternatives.
For instance, instead of drinking a beer every evening, consider a water, fruit
juice or alcohol-free drink. When you watch what you consume, rather than
simply dieting, you will have a stronger chance for a healthier lifestyle.

3. Practice mindful eating.

way to watch what you consume is to practice mindful eating. Nowadays, it’s
common practice to chow down on a meal with our eyes glued to a screen. But,
eating while distracted can actually lead to overeating, which results in
unhealthy weight gain. Johns Hopkins dietitian and research nutritionist Diane
says, “When you eat mindfully,
it’s easier to notice when you feel full, plus you’re more likely to enjoy the
foods you eat.” Make a resolution this year to slow down and pay attention to
your food by pausing between bites.

4. Meditate often.

there’s more to health than simply physical wellbeing. This might be
surprising, but meditation can actually have a huge impact on your overall
health. According to one study published in
JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers discovered that
just 30 minutes of meditation every day improved symptoms of depression and
anxiety in participants after eight weeks. When your mind is healthy, your
emotions are healthy and even your physical health can improve. If you want to
live a healthier lifestyle, consider adding meditation to your daily routine in

5. Take more steps.

are if you own a smartwatch, steps might already be on your mind. And even if
you don’t, taking more steps every day is still a helpful way to lead a
healthier life. Shannon Fable, the Director of Exercise Programming at Anytime
says, “Instead of worrying about
working out during the week, I want my clients to turn their focus to
accumulating more steps during their day-to-day activities. Even 500 extra
steps for five days will lead to significant changes.” Instead of stressing
about working out and losing weight, simply start by scheduling more time in
your day for steps.

6. Remember gratitude.

remember how we said mental and emotional health can impact the physical? Here
comes the important resolution of remembering gratitude. Make a resolution in
2019 to journal every day about the the things in life which bring you joy, the
people who have a positive impact and the moments you want to remember. Daily
gratitude journaling helps develop a better sense of balance and perspective,
which can enhance your wellbeing. Give it a try this upcoming year and see how
your health improves.

more to health than simply losing weight and quitting smoking. Health involves
all of the mental, emotional
and physical
attributes which influence your wellbeing. As you develop your healthy 2019
resolutions, keep these tips in mind, so you can feel healthier and happier
throughout the new year.