As 2014 draws to a close, you might be thinking about your 2015 New Year’s resolutions. Of course, the best resolutions are the ones you can actually maintain for the next year! If you want to change an old habit or choose a new one to support your weight loss goals, consider these healthy New Year’s resolutions.
Stand more. This sounds like a silly resolution, but sitting all day can actually increase your risk of developing kidney disease and other health problems. Not to mention, for women it increases the appearance of cellulite on the backs of your legs! Consider doing at least some of your activities at a standing desk. At the very least, get up and walk around while talking on the phone.
Get more sleep. Getting your full eight hours of sleep will help you feel more energized and ready for exercise, plus it balances the hormones which control appetite and metabolism. Make a resolution to go to bed and wake up at the same time each day, don’t use your smart phone or tablet in bed, and get some room darkening shades or a white noise machine if necessary.
Get organized. Find smart phone apps that will help you schedule exercise sessions and keep track of your calorie intake. Keep running shoes in your car or office, and pack a healthy lunch the night before every work day. Plan your meals one week in advance, and go grocery shopping for necessary ingredients. It’s easier to stick to a healthy eating plan when you actually have a plan!
Drink more water. If you haven’t already increased your water intake to support your weight loss goals, now is the time to change your habits. Buy a reusable water bottle which measures liquid in ounces, and refill it as needed so that you drink at least 64 ounces of water every day. The best way to do this is to keep your bottle with you and sip it throughout the day.
Try new foods. It’s easier to stick with your weight loss plan when you aren’t bored with it. Promise yourself you’ll try one new healthy food each week. It could be as simple as a piece of fruit, or as complicated as a spicy new Thai recipe. Shake things up regularly and you won’t get bored with healthy eating.