You’ll be relieved to know that the five health resolutions that we have here has nothing to do with you “Losing weight.” Put your mind to these resolutions this new year and your year will be a success.
“I’m only going to watch one hour of TV a day.”
Winding down in front of a good show is a great way to relax—but can be a problem because of what we are not doing. If you’re planted in front of the TV or computer then you’re not walking, cooking, talking to loved ones, exercising, cleaning, studying, working, or doing any of the other daily activities that contribute to good health and sanity.
You don’t have to cut out entertainment entirely but resolve to limit it to a specific amount of time and you’ll be amazed at how much time you suddenly have to accomplish all your big goals. Pick a couple of shows to watch each week and then you’re done.
“I’m going to plan out my meals for the week every Sunday”
Lots of people resolve to “eat healthy” in the New Year but unless you break the resolution down into an actionable goal, it won’t be achievable. One of the best ways to really change your eating habits for the better is to plan out your meals in advance.
By doing this, you will know exactly what you need to buy at the store and you’ll be less tempted to give in to eating just about anything all day long. Meal planning will help you turn healthy eating into a lifelong habit.
“I will do a ten-minute HIIT workout three times a week.”
Like all health resolutions, simply joining a gym isn’t going to get you in shape. You’ve got to commit to a specific workout and schedule to make it doable. You can engage in a type of exercise called high-intensity interval training, or HIIT for short.
Basically, it involves you doing any activity that will skyrocket your heart rate for short intervals of time (like jumping rope or sprinting), followed by a short period of active recovery (striding in place or walking). A popular method uses 20 seconds of activity followed by 40 seconds rest; the key is to go as hard as you can during the “work” time.
“I will lose 5 percent of my body fat.”
Weight loss resolutions are the number one goal people make every new year but focusing on it can lead to frustration and failure. Instead of focusing on pounds lost, which can be from water or poop or muscle as well as fat, focus on losing body fat.
Working on losing body fat will help you be healthier by preserving muscle and is a more realistic goal, especially if you are over 40 years of age. You’ll still be losing weight but this way you make sure it’s coming from the parts of you that you actually want to get rid of.
“I will try one new healthy food each week.”
Focus on all the foods you can’t or shouldn’t be eating and you’ll feel deprived and frustrated. If you however change your focus to adding new, healthy foods to your diet then it will be easier to ditch the junk food for a fun culinary adventure.