Happy New Year: 5 healthy resolutions worth keeping
Today is pretty monumental. Not only are we about to put 2012 to rest and say “hello” to 2013, but we also survived the end of the world! I think that says a lot about us. Basically, we are awesome. Pat yourself on the back and head into the New Year knowing that you’ve accomplished a lot.
But I know you guys. You guys aren’t going to let that little achievement keep you from making some wicked-awesome New Year’s Resolutions, right? I personally love to make resolutions. In fact, you can read through my childhood journal and see a consistent entry for every Jan. 1st… which is saying something, because there weren’t many other entries most years.
Old goal: Be perfect.
My New Year’s Resolutions used to always have things like “eat healthy,” “no more junk food EVER,” or “lose 10 lbs” at the top of my (unusually long) list. Then somewhere in my mid-twenties I began to realize that I wasn’t very good about seeing my goals through to the end.
I wasn’t alone, of course. Most Americans who choose to make resolutions give up… and fairly quickly. In fact, apparently only 8% are actually successful in their goals. But rather than feel like losers, maybe we just need to shift our perspective a bit.
New goal: Be better.
Unlike those hanging-over-your-head resolutions of “lose weight” or “run 10 miles a day,” resolving to be healthier is a great goal… as long as you keep a proper mindset of what that actually means. You don’t have to beat yourself up in the gym or deprive yourself to be healthier. And size is a bad indication of health, so let’s just skip that whole “be a size 6″ goal, okay?
Here are five goals to help you keep the right perspective while moving forward.
5 healthy resolutions worth keeping.
1. Move every day.
Remember: Our bodies were designed to move. In fact, the human body is the only machine that breaks down when it isn’t used. And while I’m a strong advocate of healthy exercise, you do not have to run a marathon, lift cars over your head, or wear a certain size to be healthy. Take the stairs, go on a long walk, do some yoga, get up a dance, play on the playground… there are plenty of ways to move every day no matter your fitness level or schedule.
2. Enjoy good food.
This may seem like an over simplistic resolution, but it’s all in the details. The word “food” means just that. Eat real food. Not processed food-like substances. Eat what has been on the earth for thousands of years. Eat food in it’s most natural form as possible.
Eat good food. I’m not just talking about “good for you” (although that’s always good), but good food is food that you enjoy eating. Which brings us to other word in this little goal: Enjoy. I want you to sit down and enjoy your food. Taste it. Sense it. Chew it.
You’ll be amazed at how this simple resolution can change your life.
3. Meditate daily.
Life is stressful. Bad things happen. And that stress can do some major damage to our health. Take a few minutes (or more) each day to meditate, breathe, pray, or do something to bring you to a place of calmness. It’s not just a nice thing to do, it’s imperative to good health.
4. Improve relationships.
Our friends and family are so important to our health. Not only do they give us support, but they provide a way for our body to release, relax, and connect. Making time for real connections is not only good for your body, but it’s ultimately what makes life meaningful. Don’t miss out on this important resolution.
5. Ditch toxic chemicals.
There are some scary statistics showing up on just how dangerous our environmental toxins are to our health. But there are simple ways to make our homes safer and our bodies’ cleaner. Not sure where to start? Learn more here.
And don’t forget: It’s about progress, not perfection. Being healthy isn’t about not dying… it’s about enjoying life.
So… what are some of your New Year’s Resolutions? And how to you go about keeping yourself on track?