It is a common practice for individuals to set resolutions for the New Year. Typically, health-related goals are chief among these aspirations. Typically, they involve going to the gym more, eating better or quitting some degree of bad habit. It can be quite easy to fall off the wagon with resolutions once the shimmer of the New Year has worn off, but 2016 can be the year where you finally stick to your pledges and improve your quality of life. To help, here are resolutions for 2016 that you should strive to achieve.
Cut down on cigarettes
If you are a smoker, then you probably know the difficulty in trying to quit for good. It is not an easy task to try and quit cold turkey, so perhaps the best approach is to slowly wean yourself from the need to smoke. One method is quantifying how much you smoke. If you are a pack-a-day smoker, then you are smoking around 20 cigarettes a day and spending anywhere between $6 and $10 on your habit. Making a conscious effort to cut that number will not only help you better see the financial advantages of quitting for good, but it could also help your body adjust to a point where quitting becomes a possibility.
Increase your exercise at home
If you work 40 hours a week (or more), then trying to carve out an hour or more every day to go to the gym can become a chore. However, you can save yourself a lot of climbing over mental hurdles by performing simple and effective bodyweight exercises in your own home. Spending between 15 ï¿½ 30 minutes doing burpees, crunches, push-ups or resistance band routines will not only have you feeling fitter, but it will also help you create a rhythm should you decide to spring for a gym membership down the line.
Planning and portioning your meals
One of the reasons that fad diets tend not to work is because they are temporary solutions to a long-term problem. In order to lose weight, you should understand that you have to change your lifestyle as opposed to adopting a diet for a handful of weeks or even months. One of the best ways to change your lifestyle is to create good habits, and there are no better habits than preparing your own meals and portioning out your food correctly, according to Health.com. By preparing food at home, you can determine your caloric intake down to the gram, and you will manage to save yourself a ton of money in the process. Rather than spring for lunch out at the office, consider spending a few hours on the weekend preparing your meals for the week to come; this habit will better attune you to your dietary needs and it will teach you the dedication necessary to stick to dietary changes for the long-term.
Be mindful of your fluids
You can easily lose some excess weight by simply giving up carbonated colas, especially if you drink one or more cans of soda a day. If you demand something flavorful, there are countless flavored water products that should satiate your sweet tooth without the exorbitant sugar. Alternatively, green tea is a great means to get antioxidants into your system, and black coffee ï¿½ both caffeinated and non-caffeinated ï¿½ keeps you alert during the day without the added risk of tooth decay. The greatest alternative to soda, however, is water. WebMD recommends consuming roughly eight 8-ounce glasses of water every day (although much of this water comes from the food you eat). Being mindful of your water intake and keeping track of it promotes better hydration and more energy.
The saying goes that it takes three weeks to form a new habit or break an old one. If you want to look better, feel better and be better, try one or all of these easy resolutions in 2016.