A new year brings forth new challenges, new goals. It’s a chance to start fresh. However, do you always find yourself writing New Year’s resolutions and breaking them halfway through the year? Perhaps it’s time to set simple and realistic goals for yourself. Here are five simple resolutions that are easy to keep.
Ditch Facebook; reconnect with your friends in the real world. Studies have revealed that constant computer use is linked to weight gain. An Australian study involving 2,650 adults revealed that people who spend more than 5 hours on the computer are 2.5 times more likely to be obese. Try to go offline for 10 hours or a full day—no computer, cell phone, or video games. Meet your friends for a day at the park, or spend a day at the beach.
Drink more water. Simply replacing one or two bottles of soda a day with water can help detox your system. Aim to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. Water helps clear your skin and flush harmful toxins from your body. Did you know that diet soda, even without the calories, could cause bloating? Load up on H2O instead.
Relax. Beat stress by meditating, going on a vacation, or simply getting more sleep. Stress has been linked to depression, heart disease, and obesity. Not getting enough shuteye, for instance, increases the risks of obesity and type 2 diabetes. Strive to balance work and relaxation.
Eat clean. Cut your junk food and fast food intake by half. Eating clean means avoiding processed foods and sticking to healthier alternatives. Say no to fad diets—they simply don’t work. Start preparing your own meals. That way, you can pick the freshest ingredients and control how much salt and fat you put into your meals.
Get moving. There are so many ways to stay active. Whether it’s taking the stairs instead of the elevator at work, or simply playing sports outdoors, your body will reap the many benefits of exercising. It not only helps you burn more calories, but it also boosts your mood. Exercise releases endorphins that give you the feeling of happiness.
These are easy and attainable goals for the new year. The key to sticking to your New Year’s resolutions is simple: you need the willingness to change. At the end of the day, you shape your own future.