5 New Year’s Resolutions You Can Actually Stick To This Year
It’s that time of year again. Time to shed the worries and woes of 2016 and start off the new year with a clean slate. Resolutions can be hard to stick to, especially when it comes to living a healthier lifestyle. We set such large goals for ourselves which sometimes don’t get achieved because we get discouraged. The secret to staying consistent with your New Year's resolutions is to set small goals that are easily achievable. These small steps will add up and make a huge difference over time. Follow these tips and you’ll be on your way to a healthier you!
A resolution that actually has you eat more? Seems easy, right? For some, yes, but according to a recent study by the NPD Group, 31 million Americans skip breakfast every day. That’s 10% of the American population! Not eating breakfast can actually make you gain weight because it affects your body’s metabolism. It also leads to low blood sugar levels, affecting your energy throughout the day. If you tend to have a busy schedule try breakfast options that include zero prep time. It can be as simple as adding fruit, buckwheat, flax or chia seeds to some yogurt!
Prep Your Lunches
Do you find yourself ordering take out for lunch almost everyday? Not only does that limit your options for healthy choices but it also takes its toll on your wallet! Start prepping your lunches the night before or make a little extra dinner for lunch the next day! It’s an easy resolution that will save you money and save your diet!
Drink More Water
This resolution is probably the easiest one! Drink more water! How many glasses of water do you drink per day? Two, maybe three? That’s about a third of the recommended amount. If you find it hard to drink water because it’s “boring” try adding some fresh strawberries or sliced cucumber to it!
Before you go spend a pretty penny on a gym membership, start off by simply just walking more. It’s a great first step to introducing your body to fitness again, no year contract needed! It’s best to create small manageable goals for yourself that are easy to achieve. Walking more is as simple as taking the stairs at work or going on a quick walk with your dog. Little by little, all of these things add up and are much more enjoyable than 30 minutes on the treadmill.
Give Yourself a Break
As a society that feeds off of instant gratification, it can be easy to get discouraged with resolutions. They are not achieved in a day! They take time because it’s not just a goal, it’s a lifestyle change. True resolutions have no end, they should eventually become part of your daily routine. So cut yourself some slack and keep doing your best! Take each day at a time and be conscious about your choices to lead a healthier lifestyle.