Every year, we all aim to be better, eat better, exercise better, etc. And no matter how sincere our intentions are, the majority of us fail.
Make this the year you succeed!
Here are five resolutions that can help you feel better in 2018:
Many of us don’t get the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep a night. Sleep deprivation over the long term can raise risks for health problems including obesity, heart disease, hypertension, diabetes and depression. Here’s how to get a better night’s sleep: Get on a regular sleep schedule and your body will adjust, increasing the chances you’ll rest more soundly or longer. Go to bed and wake up around the same time each day.
Walking 10,000 steps a day, or about 5 miles, is a low-impact way to improve your health. Here are tips to get you moving: Use a free app such as Pacer and Stepz to help you keep track of steps. Take the stairs, not the elevator. Park in the back of the lot when you go to the supermarket. To keep it interesting, find new places to walk each week and take photos along the way.
So many New Year’s resolutions are centered on diet and exercise but we fail to remember dental health. Flossing is an important tool in preventing gum disease and decay. But only four out of 10 Americans floss at least once a day, and 20 percent never floss. Develop a morning and evening flossing routine.
Many of us are guilty of letting phones run our lives. Make a decision to turn off or put your phone into “do not disturb mode” an hour before bed this year. Read or listen to quiet music to allow your brain to turn off and promote relaxation. Turn your phone face down on a table so you aren’t tempted to see text messages or alerts.
Many have vowed to eat healthier and lose weight. But we set unrealistic goals and ultimately give up. One way to improve our diets is to eat “clean.” Shift your diet to focusing on whole foods such as vegetables, fruits and whole grains and healthy proteins and fats. Clean eating also means avoiding processed foods, refined sugar, preservatives and artificial additives.
We hope these tips help you get on and stay on the right track for 2018!