If you’re serious about making 2020 a healthier year for yourself, there’s a better way than the usual resolutions that often get broken within days. Instead of pledging to lose 20 pounds or never eat fried chicken again, try setting a series of small, realistic goals that you can actually achieve.
For example, everyone can benefit from exercising more. However, the key to success lies in finding an exercise or activity that you actually enjoy. If you don’t like running or working out, try a bunch of different activities – dancing, yoga, hiking, daily walks through the neighborhood, etc. As long as you’re staying active it doesn’t matter how you get it done. The important thing is to get a little more exercise one way or another.
When it comes to food, eating healthier is always important – but it can also be very hard. In fact, if you resolve to NEVER eat certain foods you’ll be more likely to break down eventually and pig out. Instead, try taking small steps. If you absolutely love potato chips, cut your portion in half instead of trying to eliminate it completely. If you drink too many sugary drinks, replace one serving each day with water – then keep trying to cut back even more, only gradually. The same goes for any food or drink that is unhealthy – start by cutting back a little, then see if you can keep reducing your portions.
Another factor that can really harm your health is stress. Try taking more time for yourself. Do whatever relaxes you – read a book, go for a walk, listen to music. Even going to bed an hour earlier than usual can lower your stress level and give you the rest you need to stay healthy.
By taking these simple ideas and setting small goals that you can actually achieve, you really can improve your health.