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40 Healthy New Year’s Resolution Ideas

With the new year quickly approaching, we decided to compile a list of potential New Year’s resolutions to give you some inspiration for your own goals for 2017:

  1. Lose those extra Lbs (if you have them) for your health
  2. Take the stairs all year
  3. Try to pass on unhealthy snacks
  4. Do 50 daily squats, push-ups or sit-ups
  5. Cut out chips for a year
  6. Floss every day
  7. Eat more omega-3 fatty acids (in fish, nuts and seeds)
  8. Have a salad lunch 3 times every week
  9. Replace your negative thoughts with positive ones
  10. Stop complaining and take action
  11. Reduce take-out meals to once monthly
  12. Spend more time with your family
  13. Spend less time looking at screens
  14. Spend more time outdoors
  15. Limit (non-work) screen time to 1 or 2 hours daily
  16. Cook with and snack on produce as much as possible
  17. Try to nix snap judgements
  18. Take at least 45 minutes out for yourself each day
  19. Bring that stress level down
  20. Organize your whole house one room at a time
  21. Find ways to laugh more
  22. Get out for a short daily walk with your partner or friend
  23. Eat more fiber
  24. Drink more water (try it with lemon for a zing)
  25. Keep alcoholic beverages down to 1 daily
  26. Quit smoking if you do it – your whole body will thank you
  27. Try something new that challenges you
  28. Try to better manage your time
  29. Learn deep breathing exercises and do them
  30. Start doing Kegels (they are good for men too)
  31. Carve out a designated exercise space in your home
  32. Take up a new hobby or learn a new skill
  33. Try to stop procrastinating
  34. Quit biting your nails (if you do)
  35. Take better care of your skin (moisturize!)
  36. Take initiative of your healthcare and do what needs to be done
  37. Smile more
  38. Try to eat healthy 6 days a week (cheat days will be even sweeter then)
  39. Try a new fitness activity or class every week or month
  40. Aim for at least 150 minutes of exercise weekly

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20 Mini Health Goals

We can all improve in some areas of life and sometimes it only takes little tweaks to do so. Not all of these will apply to everyone, but if even if you pick out a few to work on, you’ll already be a little closer to better health.

For Your Mental Health

  • Work on your mind as much as you work on your body – research has linked active minds (puzzles, games, reading for pleasure) to Alzheimer’s and dementia prevention.
  • Give a laugh to someone who needs it – making others giggle can lift your spirits as well, laughing is contagious and you’ll feel good for helping perk someone up.
  • Defy Complacency – Give yourself a new kind of challenge. Add to your hobbies, learn a new language or start a new course or a new community activity.
  • Change Your Inner Conversation:
    A) if you tend to be self centered, try to be more self aware and see how your behaviour impacts others.
    B) If you tend to self-depreciate, be kinder to yourself. Don’t compare yourself to others as this can chip away at self esteem. Focus on building yourself up.
  • Set a daily limit on technology in your household – try to use this time to enjoy different types of activities with others
  • Try to curb your worries and replace them with more hopeful inner dialogue. Studies show that actively replacing negative thoughts with positive ones can have all kinds of benefits.

For Your Physical Health

  • If you are carrying it, lose that extra 10 pounds sooner rather than later – your health will surely thank you. Extra weight negatively impacts such existing illnesses as: gastrointestinal esophageal reflux disorder (GERD), asthma and arthritis to name a few. Obesity is directly linked to heart disease, diabetes and some cancers.
  • Do little bursts of jumping jacks or sit ups during the commercials.
  • Rest when your body is begging you to. When possible, try not to push on through clear signals that you need to rest such as unusual fatigue or headaches.
  • Hydrate more and add more fibre to your diet.
  • The verdict is still out on cell phones increasing cancer risks but if you are concerned, limit using your cellphone close to your face. Instead, try using the speaker function.
  • Try a different fruit or veggie every week. Who knows, you may find several new favourites!
  • If you suspect you drink too much, start to cut it down for your health. Check out our article on Binge Drinking to read about moderate versus dangerous drinking.
  • Try to buy fresh ingredients and cook healthy everyday – nutritious meals can be just as quick as unhealthy ones.

For Your Emotional Health

  • Allow yourself to do what you’ve been wanting to do for a long time. Did you always want to take up guitar? Do it. Make the time instead of waiting to find the time that may never show up.
  • If you’re not happy with your life story, change the narrative. Go back to school if you dislike your job, make greater efforts in the romance department if you’re not happy with your love life. It is easier said than done, but you’re the only one capable of making those changes.
  • Show others appreciation – tell them or show them with a gesture of love such as a homemade card.
  • Push yourself to diversify your socializing. Add a new friend into the mix, go out a little more, let more people into your world.
  • Evaluate your relationships – work on those that need saving, and allow yourself to close the book on those that cannot be saved.
  • Hug a pet or someone close to you everyday. Enjoyable physical contact releases ‘feel good’ hormones and can literally lift your mood.

We hope you enjoyed our mini health goals! Thanks for visiting DocChat, we hope to see you again soon!