Would you like to take a guess as to what was the top New Year’s resolution for 2015? According to a Nielson survey taken of 580 United States respondents, the top resolution for 2015 was to stay fit and healthy (37%). So, if you guessed fitness, you’ve guessed right! And the Zensorium team feels that this year would be no different. As we enter 2016, let’s take a look at five other healthy New Year resolutions you can consider.
1. Lose weight
If you want quick results and choose to cut out certain food groups entirely out of your meals, such as carbohydrates or desserts, you’re most likely to fail. For starts, you can consider cutting back the intake of these specific foods. However, it’s more important to listen to your body while selecting more of what is good for your body and reducing food items that have lesser nutritional values. Also, you can consider the fiber diet to help you lose weight healthily. Eat in moderation, choose a pattern you can live with and build a sustainable healthy eating regime to help you lose weight effectively in the long run.
2. Reduce stress
Stress can be beneficial when it motivates you to strive for more, but backfires when it inhabits you to perform regular everyday tasks, debilitating should you experience high blood pressure or heart attacks and worse should these effects become life-threatening. If you’re trying to reduce stress in your life, you can first find out and understand the causes of your stress. With that knowledge, you would be able to find ways to better manage the situation and thereby reduce the stress it causes to you. You can also reduce the feeling of stress by drinking green tea and going for short walks.
3. Sleep more
If you’re constantly feeling tired, lacking sleep and looking to catch more zzz’s this year, this could possibly be one of the best decisions you can make for yourself. The lack of sleep, of less than 6 hours for adults, can increase your risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes. Getting sufficient sleep every day, of about 8 hours, helps you be more alert and productive, while helping you consolidate your memories and enabling you to make better decisions when you’re awake. If you find it difficult to sleep earlier, to clock in the required 8 hours of sleep, start by trying to sleep half an hour earlier and not push forward your sleeping time by two hours immediately. Also, yoga or meditation can help improve your sleep.
4. Reduce alcohol intake
Drinking alcohol in moderation can be beneficial to health, as it can lower your risk of cardiovascular disease. However, excessive drinking creates more problems to your body than you realise. Excessive drinking affects the brain’s neurotransmitters and can increase the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and cancer. Set a limit to the amount of alcohol you can consume each day and work downwards towards the healthy amount. It’s still possible to indulge yourself in drinking a bit more alcohol during special events; however, do try not to have a special occasion every day.
5. Quit smoking
Quitting smoking definitely isn’t a habit that you can simply change overnight. However, think about how much money you save and of the health of your loved ones! When children breathe in second hand smoke, they tend to have respiratory issues and when adults breathe in second hand smoke, the chances of them getting heart disease and lung cancer is higher. Limit yourself to a specific number of sticks a day and gradually work the number down. Before you know it, you’ll be counting the number of days when you’ve been smoke free.
Keeping to your New Year resolutions is much like keeping a promise to yourself. Make a reasonable one so you’ll be more likely to stick to it. If your company has corporate wellness programmes, you can also consider reaching out to like-minded colleagues enrolled in the programme and motivate each other to reach your fitness and health goals together. Either that or spur yourself with these motivational quotes we have prepared for you. Share with us your New Year resolutions over Facebook or Twitter, we would love to hear from you!
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