It’s that “festive” time of year when people try putting their New Year’s resolutions to the test. But while many of these declarations are meant to be health-focused, some are actually not good for your health at all. In fact, the most popular resolutions out there can actually end up being hazardous. Here’s a look at some New Year’s resolutions that we stand by, that won’t affect your health negatively!
1. SIT LESS AND MOVE MORE
Whether it’s due to having a desk job or simply being inactive, many people sit more than they should. Sitting too much can have negative effects on health. In fact, it may be linked to an increased risk of overall mortality. According to the Mayo Clinic, analysis of 13 studies concluded that “sitting time and activity levels found in those who sat for more than 8 hours a day with no physical activity had a risk of dying similar to the risks of dying posed by obesity and smoking.” Making a resolution to sit less is an easy and attainable resolution that can be tailored to fit your lifestyle. For example, you can make a resolution to go for a 15-minute walk at lunch or to get up and walk for 5 minutes every hour if you’re stuck at a desk most of the day!
2. GET MORE QUALITY SLEEP
It’s only natural to grasp at all the sleep you can get, especially if you feel unnaturally tired. What you can do to feel more rested in 2020 is not to sleep MORE, but to create a space where you feel you’re getting the best quality sleep you can get. Decreasing screen time before bed, reducing light pollution in your bedroom, cutting back on caffeine, and getting to bed at a reasonable hour are some simple ways to improve sleep hygiene. It’s also important to create a space where you feel at peace – whether that be clean, warm sheets, an oil diffuser with your favorite scent, or a self-care regimen before bed. Whatever it is, make sure it’s quality!
3. RELY LESS ON CONVENIENCE FOODS
Convenience foods are… well, convenient. That’s why we buy them in the first place. Though these items may readily available, they can have detrimental effects on your health if eaten too often. Frequent fast food intake is associated with poor overall diet quality, obesity, and an increased risk of numerous conditions. To cut back on your consumption of convenience foods, make a resolution to prepare more meals at home using healthier ingredients. Start by making one meal a day, then increase the frequency over time until you’re making the majority of your meals and snacks at home.
4. FIND A PHYSICAL ACTIVITY THAT YOU ENJOY
Every New Year, people purchase expensive memberships to gyms, workout studios, and online fitness programs in hopes of shedding excess body fat in the year to come. Though most people start strong, the majority don’t make their new routine into a lasting habit. Still, you can increase the chances of making your fitness resolutions stick. To get started, choose an activity based on enjoyment and whether it fits into your schedule such as walking, biking, or jogging for a half-hour after work. Making a more realistic goal can enhance the chances of making your new routine last, especially if you’re new to working out.
5. SEE YOUR DOCTOR
Getting examined regularly by your healthcare practitioner is important for many reasons. Having regular blood work and necessary screenings can help spot potential problems before they turn into something more serious. You should also visit your chiropractor, especially if you have a history of pain or have been in an accident. Our doors are always open, give us a visit and start your year right!