Every year, many of us set New Year’s Resolutions to work towards. Some of the most common resolutions are to drop a dress size or to lose a certain amount of weight. But how about this year you set yourself a health goal with a slightly different approach? Being healthy isn’t just about the way you look; it’s also about how you feel, both mentally and physically. So here are a few suggestions to inspire you to create a healthy New Year’s Resolutions with a difference.
5 Healthy New Year’s Resolutions
1. Develop a Healthy Relationship with Food
Believe it or not, this is one of the hardest things to do. We’ve all spent years basically being told we should feel guilty when we have anything other than a salad and breaking that hardwiring is difficult. But once you learn that everything in moderation really is fine, you’ll feel truly empowered! You’ll finally have a genuinely healthy relationship with food; one that doesn’t involve guilt.
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2. Stop Obsessing Over a Number
It’s likely that at some point in your life, at least one of your goals has been to get to a certain dress size or weight on the scales, but health is about so much more than just a number. So this resolution involves adopting a new outlook where you track your progress on how you feel instead. You could monitor your progress based on how much strength or power you’ve gained, or even how much faster you can run.
3. Learn to Love Your Body
This is a tough one, but it’s so important. Most of us battle with this every day and we seem to take our bodies for granted when it comes to just how incredible they really are. Instead of focusing on the parts of your body you feel insecure about, celebrate what your body can do and how truly marvelous it is! Learn to love your body for everything it is and everything it can do.
4. Stretch Every Day
If you can honestly say you stretch regularly then that’s brilliant, but most of us don’t. It’s just not considered a priority for some reason. Yet stretching, particularly in the morning, is a great way to energize your body! Stretching is also a great thing to do to look after your muscles. If you can fit in a yoga class occasionally then that’s even better because you’ll be taking care of your mind and body!
5. Have Some ‘Me’ Time Every Day
Sadly I’m not talking about going for a spa day every day. If only! But even just spending ten minutes doing something you love every day is brilliant for keeping your spirits high. Just turning off your phone/laptop/TV for ten minutes every day and spending some time chilling out allowing your mind to wander is great for you! Taking time out for yourself isn’t selfish, it’s essential for your mental and emotional wellbeing.