It’s that special time of year where we all decide to be better human beings once the clock strikes midnight on December 31st, but how many of these promises do you end up keeping? Here’s five healthy New Year’s resolutions you can actually stick to.
What have you promised yourself is going to happen in 2015?
Are you going to land your dream job? Write a bestselling novel? Travel the world? Perfect the art of selfies? Whatever your goals might be, you won’t be able to achieve them without a healthy body and mind.
Promising yourself that you’ll hit the gym every day, banish sugar from your diet or cultivate an impressive six-pack may all seem like great ideas at the start of the year, but we all know from experience that these goals can quickly fall by the wayside. So, instead of setting yourself up for failure, why not make some small, healthy life changes you can actually stick to? Here’s how to make 2015 the year of feeling great.
Banish your phone from the bedroom
We’re not naive enough to think you’ll completely rid your life of your phone or give up social media for good, but it’s definitely beneficial to your health to cut back a little.An easy way to lessen your phone use is to ensure that you don’t use it before you go to bed, which is a smart move on your part because research has shown that using your phone before you close your eyes can have disastrous effects on your sleep patterns.
Checking email, watching your favorite late-night comedian, or responding to a text message in bed may seem harmless enough, but the sleep disruption caused by these light emitting devices is significant and potentially harmful to your health. Research has demonstrated that nighttime light exposure suppresses the production of melatonin, the major hormone secreted by the pineal gland that controls sleep and wake cycles.
Don’t forget to floss
It may seem a little too mundane for a New Year’s resolution we know, but hear us out. Keeping some floss on your bathroom shelf and devoting a few extra moments to dental hygiene throughout the week is not going to waste your time or break the bank. Instead, it will dramatically improve you appearance and health. If you don’t floss, you’re more likely to have plaque build-up, which can lead to cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease. If left untreated, gum disease can be a risk factor for heart disease, diabetes, and a high body mass index. In addition, bacteria can cause bad breath and having food or debris between your teeth can make them look less clean or white.
Now, don’t you feel like adding floss to your resolutions list?
Hunt down a healthy take-away alternative
Maintaining a healthy diet is all about being prepared. While we all start out the year meaning to bake our own organic bread and wake-up early to prepare healthy green smoothies and egg white omelets, we know from experience that life gets in the way.
So, instead whipping up a healthy breakfast that would put Miranda Kerr to shame, we end up swinging by the local coffee shop for a doughnut and hitting up McDonalds on the way home. Realistically, life is not going to slow down so a trick of the healthy trade is to find nearby take-way options that won’t cause your waste line to expand. Take the time to hunt down some places that serve fresh juices, healthy sandwich options and other filling yet delicious foods so you know where to head when you need a low fat pit-stop before or after the work day.
Wear sunscreen..all year
Living in Queensland we’re all a bit sick of the warning to ‘slip, slop, slap’, but that doesn’t mean it’s not vital to our health. Making the resolution to wear sun screen everyday doesn’t seem as life changing as vowing to run a marathon, but it’s just as important to your health.
According to the National Cancer Institute most skin cancer develops after age 50, though sun damage starts at an early age. The sun’s rays are also behind brown spots, and can make wrinkles appear before their time. Wear a broad spectrum sunscreen, even in the winter, anywhere that your skin is exposed to the sun to avoid damage.
Eat more chocolate
A New Year’s resolution that asks you to eat MORE chocolate? I think we all like where this is going. The only catch, however, is that the chocolate you need to consume has to be dark. Researchers from the University of Copenhagen found that dark chocolate is far more filling, offering more of a feeling of satiety than its lighter-colored sibling. That is, dark chocolate lessens cravings for sweet, salty, and fatty foods. Dark chocolate is also good for your heart, can improve your mood and lower your stress levels.
Lets just say a dark chocolate a day keeps the doctor away.
What are your New Year’s resolutions? Let us know in the comments.