There are a number of New Year’s resolutions to make that can help you improve your health and wellness. Many people have a goal for 2013 to either lose weight, get into better shape or just become healthier over all. There were many different fitness fads that popped up throughout 2012, some good and some bad. The focus of 2013 for many should be to get back to basics when it comes to your physical health and wellness. There are a few new years resolutions you can make in order to improve your health without making drastic changes to your current lifestyle. The following are health and wellness resolutions that are worth keeping in 2013.
Stop sipping the soda: Overwhelming evidence has come out over the past year about how terrible soda is for our health. In 2013, make a resolution to stop drinking the high calorie drink and reach for a healthier choice. Soda is a carbonated sugary drink that is totally devoid of nutrients, and full of empty calories. To avoid excess sugar and calories, drop the six pack of soda and drink water instead. If you want more flavor, add fresh fruit or a zero calorie packet of flavoring to your water. Switching out a soda a day for water can instantly improve your health.
Cook more often: Eating out at restaurants and fast food chains isn’t just expensive, it can seriously harm your health. You could make the exact same dish you had at a restaurant with about half the calories, just by cooking at home. Make a new years resolution to get reacquainted with your kitchen and your health will surely benefit. Add more fresh produce to your grocery list as a great way to look and feel better. Instead of packaged, processed foods, load up on fresh, healthy fruits, vegetables and low fat meat. Focusing on whole nutrition rather than convenience is definitely a new years resolution worth keeping.
Walk anywhere you can: You don’t need a personal trainer or gym membership to get into shape in the new year. There are little things you can do every day to burn calories and improve your fitness. A new years resolution worth keeping is to try walking more. Parking farther away at the store or taking the stairs can help, but walking at a brisk pace for just 40 minutes a day can make a world of difference in your health. Make a fitness resolution this new year to take your dog for longer walks, walk to work or to meet friends instead of driving or implement a post-dinner family walk at least three nights a week.
Pay no attention to the scale: Numbers don’t really matter when it comes to health and well-being. How you feel and your energy levels is the only gauge you need to pay attention to. If your only concern is getting the number on the scale to budge, you will have a short term goal in mind and won’t be focused on long-term health and fitness. Instead of basing your new years resolutions on being a certain size or weighing a certain number, just make a promise to yourself to make healthy choices and to do something active every day.
Explore the outdoors: Another easy way to ensure you get moving every day to stay healthy is to make a resolution to get some fresh air. It might be cold where you live, but that’s no excuse to stay indoors all day. Take up an outdoor activity like cross country skiing, snowboarding or take your workout outdoors. In a warmer climate you might enjoy hiking, golfing, gardening, or riding a bike. Fresh air is great for your mental health as well as your physical health, no matter the season.