Healthy New Year's Resolutions
The start of a new year is a great opportunity to assess the past and focus on making changes that will positively impact the future.
Keeping in mind that old habits die hard, especially for adults as we get older, it’s important to take a moment to set some realistic new goals that will inspire you to escape the routine and embark on a path to a healthier, happier you.
Check out these healthy New Year’s resolutions suited for active adults.
How Are You?
To genuinely improve your overall fitness requires an accurate understanding of your current health status and the habits that are impeding your wellness objectives. For example, you may already be fairly active, but need an outlet that reduces anxiety and stress. Yoga and meditation may be what your workout strategy is missing. Or maybe it’s blood sugar that is your issue, so begin by researching low sugar dessert and cooking options. Know thyself to improve thyself.
Put One Foot in Front of the Other Every Day
Experts recommend at least 30 minutes of daily physical activity. So, even if you are not fond of the gym, set a goal to get up and walk regularly. If 30 minutes is too strenuous, start with 10 and work your way up. Join a walking club and socialize your way to better health.
Get Out the Bucket List
There is no time like the present to cross an item off the old bucket list. Whether it’s planning a trip, signing up for a class you’ve always wanted to take, or starting that memoir, bringing aspirations to fruition is both mentally and spiritually uplifting.
Staying in touch with friends and loved ones is critical to health and happiness, and has never been easier. The technology is user friendly and available. If you’re not tech savvy, ask a friend—or grandchild—for a quick tutorial and see what a difference it makes in your life to reconnect with old friends and make new memories with new ones.
Explore New Volunteer Opportunities
As a healthy New Year’s resolution, nothing checks off the boxes like volunteering. Find a new way to give back to the community and you will increase your sense of accomplishment, enhance self-confidence, and engage with like-minded individuals, all while using your time in a meaningful way and helping others.
Enjoy the Grandkids
Stop saving the grandkids for holidays and special occasions. Now that you have the time, make it a point to reach out to them more often and strengthen that special bond. They will benefit from the contact as much as you will.
Challenge Your Brain
Keeping your brain active is every bit as critical to your health as moving your body. This year commit to sharpening your cognitive skills with new information and mental exercises. Take a class to learn a new subject, maybe even a foreign language. If crosswords are your thing, make sure to continually increase the level of difficulty to keep your brain working harder.
The pursuit of health and happiness is about enjoying life to the fullest. As you set about accomplishing your healthy New Year’s resolutions, remember to have fun!
Happy, Healthy 2018!