Easy New Years Resolution

Easy New Years Resolution

If you're like most people, you've broken your New Year's resolutions before the first week of the year ends. You really can commit to better health, though, and doing so doesn't have to be endlessly challenging. Simply try a handful of these resolutions to make this your best year ever.

 

Drink More Smoothies

Maybe you're not ready to commit to healthy eating or don't have the energy to cook each night. Don't worry. You can still get some incredible nutrition from smoothies. Just make sure to blend your fruits and veggies with water, rather than milk, for a lower-calorie snack. Try some of these recipes for a drink that soothes even the toughest cravings:

  • Avocado, lemon juice, and banana
  • Orange, pineapple, banana, and kale
  • Tomato, carrot, bell pepper, and celery with a dash of cayenne pepper
  • Avocado, strawberries, blueberries, and bananas

 

Ditch the Soda

Soda is just about the worst thing you can do for your health, but it's relatively easy to give up. Try replacing your daily soda fix with sparkling water instead. You'll still get some carbonation and a tasty drink, but you won't waste empty calories on a sugary drink that's been implicated in everything from obesity to cancer. Can't give up soda entirely? Try cutting back to one a day, week, or month instead.

 

Drink More Water

Maybe you're not yet ready to give up soda or embark on a challenging diet. You can still boost your health by drinking more water. Carry a water bottle with you, and replenish it everywhere you go. Simply drinking more water can help flush toxins from your body, boost your weight-loss, and give rise to healthier skin, hair, and nails.

 

Get Moving (at Least a Little)

Getting to the gym is hard, but you don't have to break a sweat to get some quality exercise. Focus on moving more. Take a break every hour when you're working, or commit to walking your dogs or playing tag with your kids once a day. When you have the option to do so, park away from your destination, and walk as frequently as possible. These small boosts in activity can help you lose weight over time, while preventing muscle aches and the health problems that tend to coincide with a sedentary lifestyle.

 

Say 'Yes' More Often

We live in a world full of overwhelming stimulation and near-constant sources of exhaustion. It's no wonder, then, that you probably say no when your friends invite you out, your mom encourages you to join her at yoga, or your brother asks if you want to go for a run. Saying “yes” to these social invitations, however, gets you out, gets you moving, and can help boost your overall happiness. Happy people are healthier, and of course, the real goal of any health plan is a better life filled with more joy.