We’re a few days into the New Year New You cycle and enthusiasm may be waning already. But you don’t have to abandon the idea of a New Year resolution altogether; there’s never a better time to better yourself than the present.
Your New Year resolutions should not only be beneficial, but they should be realistic and possibly even enjoyable. Let’s face it, cutting all sugar from your diet will cause your resolution to crash and burn almost as soon as it began, but if you start by replacing one dessert with something healthier a week and work from there, you can improve your diet on a longer-term basis.
But here are some New Year’s resolutions that you can actually keep.
Get up and moving
Many of us spend hours sitting at an office desk and it could actually do damage to us in the long run. Studies have shown that sitting for extended periods of time could increase the risk of health issues, including heart disease and diabetes. But research from April 2015 indicates that getting up and walking around for just two minutes every hour could help reverse the negative effects of prolonged sitting. That’s as good a reason as any to quick march to the canteen, watercooler, or bathroom every so often.
If you weren’t active at all prior to your New Year’s resolution, 10,000 steps might seem like an awful lot. But it is doable. There are times during the day that you can make small changes to help you reach your goals like hopping off the bus a stop early or taking stairs where possible. A brisk walk in the evening can be a great way to top off the day; it’s a good chance to listen to a favourite album or podcast and you get to take in the world around you. Plus, you’ll feel better for it. An activity tracker is a useful investment as it tracks your steps and keeps you motivated.
Learn something new every day
Have you ever felt that you’ve stopped learning since leaving school? It seems like such a shame considering we’ve never had more or better resources to draw upon. A Google search, a browse of Wikipedia (provided you check that the sources are accurate), and YouTube are just some of the ways to find something interesting to discover. Improve your vocabulary, try your hand at drawing, learn about history; the choices are practically endless.
Go to bed earlier
Many people attempt to embrace a get fit lifestyle or make wholesale changes to their nutrition, but ignore the amount of sleep they get. Sleep gives your body and mind a chance to recover. And we’re experts at it! Going to bed earlier – and leaving the devices aside – will make getting up easier, ensure that you’re well rested, and improve your overall health. And as you’re potentially going to be spending longer in bed, make sure you’re comfortable.
Keep a good times jar
It’s far too easy to focus on the negatives of a particular day. However, writing down even one positive thing that happened, no matter how small, may help you realise that it wasn’t all bad. And if you keep it up for a year and store the notes, you have a trip down memory lane to look forward to at the end of it.