Even though the No. 1 New Year’s resolution for most people is to lose weight, resolving to adopt healthy habits can help you in the long run.
Here are six healthy New Year’s resolutions that aren’t too hard to accomplish and will do your body good.
Cut Down on the Alcohol
Alcohol consumption rates are on the rise, and during the holiday season, a lot of us tend to drink more often. Start the New Year with a new mantra: drink less. Alcohol is a depressant, so cutting down might make you may feel better, help the pounds melt off or even experience a burst of energy. That doesn’t sound so bad, does it?
Drink Green Tea
Green tea is well-known for its nourishing benefits, so make a healthy New Year’s resolution to enjoy a warm cup of the good stuff every day. Green tea helps give you an energy boost and promotes weight loss, which makes it a wonderful alternative to harmful energy drinks.
Eat More Greens
We always hear that dark, leafy greens are one of the most nutritious foods to enjoy. While this is a well-known fact, many of us don’t savor enough greens, so we should make it a healthy New Year’s resolution to do so.
Greens are a great source of fiber, vitamins and minerals and even help boost your metabolism. Plus, this is one of the easiest foods to incorporate in your diet. Have fresh greens in a salad, sandwich, wrap or burger. Toss fresh, chopped greens in a soup, sauté or pasta dish. The possibilities are endless, and the benefits are totally worth it.
Dentists everywhere will be so happy if all of us made a vow to start flossing on a daily basis. Not only does flossing help prevent gum infections and cavities, it can deter more serious diseases, as well. Flossing helps fight gum disease, which is a risk factor for heart disease and diabetes. So, start flossing, but make sure you take your time and do it right to reap the benefits of this hygiene routine.
Munch on an Apple
Apples are a great nutritional treat. These sweet or tart fruits are chock-full of vitamins—like immune-boosting vitamin C—and minerals and can help fight Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. They’re easy to find, are tasty in both savory and sweet dishes and are a healthy alternative to crash-inducing sugary desserts—making them a perfect food to include more in 2014.
Take a Walk
With so many of us juggling hectic work schedules, demanding careers and busy personal lives, it’s important for us to take a break and enjoy the outdoors. Make a healthy New Year’s resolution by promising yourself a 20-minute-minimum outdoor walk or jog. With so many scenic parks to choose from, your daily stroll will help rejuvenate your body and mood in no time.