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Healthy and Easy Resolutions for the New Year

Jan 06, 2016 12:00PM ● By Cate Reynolds
It's January, so you know what that means —it’s time for another set of New Year's resolutions.

Did you know that most people give up on their resolutions in no more than ten days? That might be because we're too busy or the goals are not always realistic. What we need to do is make attainable resolutions and make plans on how to accomplish them. And there are no better –or easier in my opinion –resolutions to make than those dedicated to living healthier.

Let's take exercise. Yes, everyone says they want to lose weight and gyms and athletic clubs are packed during the first two weeks of January. But by the end of the month, the numbers start to dwindle. Maybe exercising more is one of your goals, so start by taking small steps toward that goal like walking this week, then next week walking twice, then after a while you can jog and so on. The important thing to remember is to make resolutions that are achievable. Below are three healthy resolutions anyone can accomplish.

Eat Healthy

Yes, this is a common goal but is often hard to stick with. Our bodies were created to eat whole foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, beans, lentils and whole grains. It was not designed to consume overly processed items with ingredients such as MSG, food dyes, artificial flavors and sweeteners and refined sugars. I'm not saying you should never eat processed foods, but an important step to take would be to start reading product labels. Find out if the ingredients have whole foods that are going to nourish your body.

Think Positively

If you are thinking negatively about things, it's not a surprise that you are not living to your fullest. Is your glass half empty or half full? Researchers continue to explore the effects of positive thinking and optimism on health. Health benefits of positive thinking may include:

Increased life span • Lower rates of depression • Lower rates of distress • Greater resistance to the common cold • Better psychological and physical well-being • Lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease • Better coping skills during hardships and times of stress

Follow a Schedule

I know this is one you don’t hear much, if at all, but keeping to a schedule really does work and for those of you who do not, you should give it a try. If you don't make a plan, then you may be losing valuable time.

No schedule should be set in stone but having one that is used as a guideline helps you get more things done and helps bring order to your life, which can reduce stress.

These are three easy tips, or resolutions, you can make in 2016 to live a little bit healthier and easier. Good luck!