It happens every year. The clock ticks to January 1 – a new year, a new slate, a new YOU. The proverbial resolution sparks a spike in gym memberships across the world and happy faces within the athletic apparel industry. Exercise and/or losing weight is the top new year’s resolution made by people worldwide and sadly only 8% of people achieve their new year’s resolutions according to Forbes.com
The reason resolutions fail is because they are often too broad and too unattainable. Saying you’re going to lose weight is very broad and doesn’t give you a clear game-plan. How much weight? How are you going to lose the weight? What’s one very small step you can take toward this goal? How do you even begin? The flurry of questions such a broad resolution brings fourth makes even answering the questions a daunting task.
Research shows that if you set goals that are small and specific it is much easier to enact change in your life. So here are a few health resolutions I propose that could easily fit into your current routine right now!
1. Eat More Fruits & Vegetables
Perhaps even more important than working out is nourishing your body correctly and healthily. While saying you are simply going to eat more fruits and veggies is still a little too broad, set a specific goal. For example, last year I vowed I would eat one serving of vegetables every time I had dinner. This was a very small and specific goal, and something I could be very conscious and intentional about. Now, it’s practically second nature to me that my dinner plate has a lot of color to it each night and something feels out of place when there aren’t vegetables in front of me! Your own version of this could be to start adding fruit to your breakfast, change your afternoon snack from nibbling on potato chips to nibbling on some carrots, or only eating fruit after your last meal of the day. Be creative and most importantly, be realistic!
2. Get More Sleep
Sleep is incredibly important for your overall health. Healthy sleeping habits help improve your memory, is associated with a longer lifespan, helps with weight regulation, can reduce stress, and more. But again saying “I’ll get more sleep” is too broad. Some realistic resolutions could be to get one more hour of sleep each night, setting a specific bedtime, or even improving your sleep by vowing to turn off screens an hour before your set bedtime.
3. Add More Spirituality To Your Life
Whether you follow a specific religion or not, spirituality has many health benefits as well. Spirituality is linked to optimism, reduced stress, and improved overall health due to a healthy mind and attitude. This resolution can include everything from diving into your own specific religion more (perhaps making 15 extra minutes in your day to pray, read your religious text, and etc.), taking 15 minutes a day to meditate or journal and reflect, reading a new inspirational book, taking a walk in nature each week, or volunteering.
So there you have it! Comment below to share other health resolution ideas and what your resolution is this year!