Nothing brings about a sense of promise and hope quite like the coming of a brand new year. If you have yet to begin your New Year’s Resolutions (or to make them in the first place), it is still possible to achieve a healthier, happier you in 2014.
The key isn’t to make huge, drastic changes but to slowly work small changes into your lifestyle. Eventually, those small changes will lead to larger changes, allowing you to gradually embark upon a brand new lifestyle.
Add More Vegetables to Your Diet
We encourage health-conscious individuals, or those who simply want to be more health-conscious, to set a goal of getting in those five servings of vegetables per day.
Not only are vegetables delicious and nutritious, but they also tend to be very filling and low in calories. This means that you can lose weight without having to go hungry.
As an added bonus, those who get plenty of veggies have a lower risk of developing diseases like diabetes or cardiovascular disease. Rouse’s suggestion is to choose boldly colored vegetables like broccoli and tomatoes.
Skip the Soda Pop
The folks over at RN Central caution against drinking too many sugary beverages, with sodas being the main offender. Soda has little to no nutritional value and is often high in calories, which causes weight gain.
Diet sodas do not act as a healthy alternative as many contain artificial sweeteners. Both variety of carbonated beverages are known to promote tooth decay and obesity.
Other sugar-laden beverages, like real fruit juices, are okay in moderation, but in most cases, you’re much better off sticking to water. If your reason for sticking to sodas is a daily caffeine fix, get your jolt of energy from unsweetened tea or black coffee instead.
Hit the Hay
By adding just one hour of sleep per night could help you to drop as much as 14 pounds in a year. Whether or not this bold statement proves true for you, you do need to make sure you’re getting an adequate amount of shut eye, preferably at least eight hours per night!
When you get adequate sleep, your body functions better all around. You have more energy, are more alert, and are less likely to experience stress.
Even if you can’t get in a consecutive eight hours, try adding in power naps to your day where possible, and, if you’re having any serious sleep problems like insomnia or sleep apnea, be sure to visit with a doctor.
Exercise is just as important as diet when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle. Aim to get at least thirty minutes of exercise daily, or longer increments a few times per week.
Not only will you shed unwanted pounds and tone up, but you’ll also be helping your heart and your overall health. Exercise can also help to reduce stress and make you feel happier in general.
The best way to stick to a regimen is to keep it fun and vary your routines. Why run on a treadmill every day when there are all kinds of fun activities like dance lessons or walking the family dog to keep you active?