The first month of each new year sparks all sorts of unmanageable and eventually failed attempts to better one’s life. What if it didn’t have to be so complicated? We have compiled a short list of very simple ways to become a healthier, more energized person in the new year.
Drink more water. This one is totally dependent on your habit now. If you traditionally drink a soda with each meal, switch one of those out with water. If you go entire days without downing a glass, make it a point to drink water first thing in the morning. Don’t make your goals more complicated than they have to be, and you’ll be well on your way to healthier skin and more energy in no time.
Up your vegetable intake. You don’t need to resolve to become vegan in the new year to get more greens in your diet. Add vegetables and fruits to your shopping list that you don’t mind eating raw. Cut them up at the beginning of the week and store them in your fridge at both home and work. When the mid-morning hunger pangs set in, you’ll have a healthy snack all ready to go. (And your pizza rolls will still be waiting for you in the freezer at meal time!)
Set a bedtime. All of those morning routine goals you plan to implement in the new year will require a good night’s sleep. Nobody expects you to do it all, so set yourself a bedtime. Even if all you want is an extra 30 minutes each morning to get ready without rushing, more sleep will help you feel more energetic each day. Our bodies are structured to crave routine, so make sure it’s the same time each night, and you’ll start feeling more rested in no time!
Follow the 10-minute rule. To jump from a stagnant lifestyle to a crossfit trainer overnight is unfeasible for any of us. If you resolve to become more active in the new year, begin with 10-minute intervals of activity–any activity at all. Whether it’s a quick break during your working hours, a commercial break for those of us who still have cable, or the time it takes your meat to defrost for dinner, use those spare minutes to squeeze in some jumping jacks or challenge a family member to a plank-off. Any activity is better than none, so don’t overthink it and rope yourself into a gym membership you’ll never use!
Get some plants. Aside from the visual appeal of filling your work space and home with nature, plants have been proven to lower stress levels and blood pressure for those who own and tend to them. Those who work with plants also report greater levels of concentration and satisfaction.