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A Healthy Start Could Be in Your Cards

By Stephen R. Farris

Did you make resolutions each year? Maybe it's to become more healthier, or losing weight and exercising more. The only problem with setting resolutions -- while intentions were good -- is that we sometimes set our goals so high they become unobtainable. 

Here's a few things that can help you with your New Year's resolutions for the upcoming year and help you keep them.

More Quality Sleep

If you've had trouble sleeping at night, you know more than others how less sleep affects your everyday life and your health. You can get better sleep at night by practicing a set schedule. In other words, go to bed at the same time each night, and get up at the same time each morning. Another way to achieve better sleep is to keep your room cold, block out as much light as possible, and put away your electronic devices at least an hour before going to bed.

Be Picky With Your Activities

A lot of folks choose to get healthier by exercising more. For some, they dive right into some of the most strenuous exercises programs, or they don't enjoy the type of exercise they're doing. This can lead to quick failure. Instead, pick an activity that you enjoy doing, like walking, swimming, or playing basketball, softball, or any activity that works out your muscles. 

Mental Resolutions

Maybe you feel the weight of the world coming down on your shoulders, and for the upcoming year you want to change that. Now would be a good time to focus more on you. Vow to make yourself less available and concentrate on doing more things you enjoy, whether it's taking in a movie, going for long walks, taking up yoga or tai chi, reading more books, or being more creative (painting, drawing, building things). This resolution can be easily kept, and could be a real game changer for your life. 

Regardless of what your resolution is for the upcoming year, you could always implement these on top of the ones you choose. For the most part, remember to start off small when it comes to accomplishing your goals. Finish one small step before taking another. 

If your goal is to lose weight and exercise more, always check with your primary physician or local chiropractor to make sure you're healthy enough before starting. 

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Sugar Hill, Ga.

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