New Year's resolutions are a lot like conceiving a baby. The creation of them is the fun part but the maintenance of them can be challenging. About 1 in 3 United States citizens make some kind of New Year's resolution for them to have better health. About 75% of these people will keep the goal for a week but under 50% of them will hold onto their resolution six months into the following year. Each one of these resolutions will help you stay healthy, stress free, and happier.
Here are ten new year's resolutions that benefit your health:
1. Lose some weight. This is the most typical resolution that people make, but the one that the majority of people do not keep up with after a couple weeks. It is not something that works right away so you must persevere, even when the flags flags a bit. Try not to be desperate and you will do better. Make sure you plan for it to be a bumpy road. Try using a food journal to keep track of your eating and make use of a good social support group. By the fourth to sixth week into a diet plan, most people have already found excuses not to follow through. That is why it is a good idea to have a weight loss buddy to get through the difficult times. Stop thinking of dieting as temporary, instead work on making substantial eating habit changes for the better, and get some exercise often.
2. Stay in touch with old friends and collections. If you stick with it, this is a resolution that will lower your stress level. People who have strong ties socially will live longer than those people who keep to themselvesselves. Having no social bonds can be as damaging to your health as smoking, obesity, lack of exercise, and alcohol abuse, according to one study. It is easy to stay in touch with friends now that there is the technology to do so. This means getting a Facebook page or Twitter account and keeping your old friends together.
3. Stop smoking. Even if you have failed many times before, this is no excuse not to give it a go again. The more times you attempt to quit smoking, the more successful your efforts at quitting will be. There are many different methods of quitting smoking. You can use just one plan or clump several plans together in order to quit the bad habit.
4. Save your money. Instead of taking the car to work, do things that save money like walking to work, working at home, carpooling to work, or taking your bike to work. This not only saves funds but it helps the environment. You can also save money by getting rid of the membership to the gym and exercising in your own home. There are many fitness programs available for home use and they do not cost as much money as a gym membership will. Check out the at home workouts from Beachbody . Shop with a grocery list and this will cut down on mindless grocery shopping that only adds to the overall grocery bill while adding pounds to your waistline.
5. Decrease your stress. While it is okay to have a bit of pressure in your life a little bit, too much of extreme stress can really hurt your health. Chronic stress can lead to things like heart disease, insomnia, depression, and obesity, among other things. Things that contribute to excess stress are poor exercise, not hanging out with friends and family, and working too much at your job.
6. Volunteer somewhere. You will not only see that others have it much worse than you do but you can learn to appreciate what you have if you volunteer somewhere. This can less your stress levels and can help you feel better about your life. This type of happiness is healthy for you. People who have positive thoughts, based on one study, are twenty percent less likely than gloomy people to suffer from heart disease or stroke. You will be happier in the long-run and this will add to your health if you choose to stick and volunteer to it.
7. Attend School. It does not matter how old you are. Going back to school can help not only your career but can challenge your mind and establish new friendships. One study on the middle aged showed that those who went back to school had stronger verbal skills, and better memories than those who did not go back to school. The higher you go in your education, the less is your risk of getting Alzheimer's disease.
8. Slow down on alcohol use. Drinking excess can be bad for your health. This is especially true of binge drinking, which seems to be increasing as an activity among young people. Drinking in excess can affect the neurotransmitters of the brain so that you suffer more from memory loss, seizures, and depression. Heavy drinking over long periods of time can increase your risk of heart disease, mental deterioration, liver disease, breast cancer, stroke, high blood pressure, liver cancer, mouth cancer, and throat cancer.
9. Sleep more. A good night's sleep can be good for your appearance as well as your mood. On the contrary, a lack of sleep is associated with type 2 diabetes and obesity. You need your sleep to strengthen memory through the functioning of the hippocampus.
10. Travel More. You can get a lot out of traveling even after you have gotten home and put your suitcases away. Without travel, it is too easy to get stuck in a rut and it can increase your stress levels. Traveling can help you feel replenished and rejuvenated so you see the world with a great admiration. This is healthy not only for your body but it is good for the soul.