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5 New Year's Resolutions for Your Health

By Brandi Goodman

New Year's resolutions are common to make, yet so few people actually stick with them. That's in part because many individuals give themselves too-restrictive resolutions that are hard to stick with for long. Saying you're going to lose 30 pounds in one month, for example, is not usually an achievable goal. Set some resolutions for your health that are actually manageable and you may be able to accomplish them.

I Will Try a New, Healthy Meal Each Month

Vow to try a new, healthy meal at least once per month. You could make this resolution a little better by saying once per week, but that may not be achievable with your schedule. You can of course shoot for more frequent recipe additions to your menu, but at least trying it once per month can help you start on the path to learning how to make healthier meals to add to your regular rotation.

I Will Read One New Book Per Month

Reading provides many benefits to your mind. It can help with memory, empathy, and even boost your positivity. Reading is also beneficial when you're in the need of some alone time to relax. Sitting down and reading a good book that you can immerse yourself in can be very satisfying. Try to set a goal of one book each month.

I Will Take the Stairs Instead of the Elevator

Setting difficult exercise goals can put you off of actually exercising. Starting with something small, such as taking the stairs anytime you're at the mall compared to the elevator, can make a huge difference in itself. Each and every time you're somewhere with stairs, vow to take them and get that extra exercise into your day.

I Will Volunteer

Making a resolution to volunteer in the new year can bring more benefits than you know. Volunteering is a great way to give back to the community. It can also boost your mental health as you realize there are people who have it much worse than you. You may also find some new people to bond with and create memories, which is great for your mental well-being and self-esteem.

I Will Sanitize My Phone Weekly

Too many people keep their phones in their hands most hours of the day. They then set it down on a counter or public surface before picking it up again. Then, these devices do not get cleaned as they should. You should vow to sanitize your phone at least every week to help eliminate germs and prevent their spread. This process really should be done daily -- or even several times per day -- but a regularly scheduled cleaning each week is beneficial compared to never doing it.

A healthy new year should be the resolution for everyone. Just be sure you're setting attainable goals that can actually be reached. Choose easy-to-manage resolutions that will help you on your path toward better health and wellness.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Cape Coral, Fla.

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