It’s the New Year and some people are still scrambling to find a resolution to stick to for the rest of the year. I’ve been on and off the New Years Resolution wagon for the past four years. Why? I think it’s a little bit more challenging to accomplish. I’ve tried setting some goals at the start because I was so pumped for that saying “New Year, new me.” I realized later that the goals I’ve set were impossible to achieve like getting super fit and healthy, completing ten things from a bucket list that or to travel around the world. There are many reasons to why these may not work out for myself and others with the same goals.
- I’m not ready to change.
- Where do I start?
- I work a lot, so I’m tired. Plus I’m broke; I have bills to pay.
- I’ve lost motivation one month into my resolution.
- I’ve created too many cheat days.
The list goes on and usually, I have to wait until the end of the year to reset my goals or find a new resolution to stick to. I was reading online and realized that a resolution doesn’t have to be a huge thing for it to count. You can choose simple everyday things that you would like to change and stick to it. Now that sounds a bit more encouraging.
Here are 5 Easy Things to Start Applying Each Day
1. Eat more fruits and vegetables.
Each year I have witnessed people set health goals as their resolution. What people don’t realize is that dieting requires a lot of focus and discipline. Whenever I hear the word diet, I imagine eating less, portioning your meals, consuming unfamiliar foods and lots of it. That doesn’t sound like fun at all. Don’t get me wrong; I know that there are plenty of diets out there that allow you to eat the foods you love and most of them require additional physical activity.
I know that the average person does not eat the recommended servings of fruits and vegetables. For a resolution, I feel that “eating more of ” something healthy that you didn’t before would be a good thing throughout the year. This way you are not removing the foods you like from your diet.
2. Reduce your electronic device usage per day.
The current state of the internet revolves around social media. I am guilty of checking my smartphone almost every 5-10 minutes. At night, I’m glued to my electronic device for long periods of time. This may be an unhealthy routine but limiting your usage may take a lot of effort if you are going to implement a healthier schedule. Why not decrease your usage by 15-30 minutes per day? Many studies mention that you need rest your eyes from any computer or any electronic display that emits blue wavelengths at least 30 minutes before sleeping. The study was called the Blue Light Effect in which your body’s biological clock (the circadian rhythm) is put off balance due to the exposure to blue wavelengths at night. Practicing a 30-minute timeout from your device before sleeping is a good idea and most of all is an easy task to accomplish.
3. Add more walking to your daily activities.
Finding time to workout at a gym after a long day at work is sometimes hard to establish, especially when making a New Years Resolution that involves you to increase your daily physical activity. I have noticed that walking every day helps with your motivation to stay active; it’s much easier than running or lifting weights.
According to verywell.com
A rule of thumb for walking is that about 100 calories per mile are burned for a 180-pound person and 65 calories per mile are burned for a 120-pound person.
Most of 2017, I started walking an additional 30 minutes a day and my legs have strengthened along with being a few pounds lighter. Of course, vigorous exercises will help you achieve your physical body goals quicker, but walking is also an essential and natural activity. Start walking more because it’s right for you and once again easy to achieve.
4. Learn something new.
Are you a “know it all” or an “I didn’t know that” type of person? Whichever one you’ve chosen, one likes learning new things and the other has room to learn new things. There are some years where I felt that I’ve been stuck under a rock. Have you had an experience where you engaged in a random conversation with someone and it left you feeling dumb? I bet shortly after; you searched online to verify the new information that was exposed to you. Expanding your knowledge is something that doesn’t require much effort and with today’s technology, we have all the answers at our fingertips. Learn something new today by reading or going out in the world to witness new things. It’s also a fun resolution with many knowledgeable benefits.
5. Find free things to do in your local area each month.
Have you ever had a year where all you did was work and were too tired to attend any events? I think everyone has been in that rut before. There are many free events and activities in your city each month. Part of a healthy social routine is to go out and enjoy the free events in your town. If you have no money, you’re still safe. Free activities are also a part of your cities culture, therefore being out there may open up new opportunities, create inspiration and even relieve some levels of stress.
Let me know what you have on your list.