If you’re like most Americans (nearly 65% of the population), you make resolutions at the start of each year, with the hope that you can follow through on them. But in reality, few of us do. Personally, I love the idea of a new and improved me, but I can rarely make it past week two. According to Forbes, only 8% of people actually achieve their New Year’s resolutions, so if you find yourself falling into that 92% of those who fall off the resolution wagon, here are a few helpful tips to get you motivated for the new year.
New Year’s Resolutions & Wellness Tips
- Set goals and come up with a simple plan to measure your success.
- Add more fruits and vegetables at each meal. Get back to basics by eating a variety of colored fruits and veggies which promotes longer life, disease prevention, and an overall sense of well-being. In the office, have a sign-up list for volunteers to bring in a fruit that can be shared with the staff. (i.e. Mondays=apples, Tuesdays=bananas)
- Keep healthy snacks on-hand. Avoid the vending machines and other potentially unhealthy snacks that can tempt you throughout the day and night. At the workplace encourage employees and co-workers to make smart food choices.
- Drink half your body weight in water. Drinking water gives you energy, flushes out toxins, improves skin complexion, and boosts the body’s immunity. In the workplace, carry a water bottle with you throughout the day to fill up regularly. Vernon even has a large selection of water bottles that help remind you to drink more water with handy bottle markings or timers for those who are serious about their daily intake.
- Be more active. Strive for 30 minutes of activity (or 10,000 steps) every day. Start slowly, and progress with a few extra steps each day. You also don’t have to do 30-minutes straight. Shoot for 10 minutes before work, 10 minutes after work, and 10 minutes at home. Park in the furthest spot from the door. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. It all adds up at the end of the day. Also, consider pairing up with a friend who can help motivate you and keep you accountable.
These are just a few ideas. The great thing is that these goals can change and grow over time. To keep them from getting overwhelming or discouraging, think short-term and consider adding a new goal every month. Think homemade juices or smoothies five days a week or don’t eat packaged snacks for a month. It doesn’t seem like such a life overhaul if you add or eliminate a certain food for just 30 days. Plus, if you get in the rhythm of it, you might continue. Or if not, you know you will start something new next month. Remember, these are your goals and you set the pace. It’s a new year and the perfect time for a fresh start for your health and well-being.
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