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Kickstart Your New Year Health With These 9 Habits

From challenging yourself to cleaning up the diet, learn how to be healthier and happier this New Year with these nine tips!

Kickstart Your New Year Health With These 9 Habits

9 Tips for A Happier, Healthier New Year

1. Do It for You
Ultimately, the most success and gratifying outcomes comes from identifying a goal you personally want to delve into and tackle. That being said, craft a new year's resolution for you rather than hopping on the current bandwagon.

2. Challenge Yourself
"If it does not challenge you, it does not change you," spoke Fred DeVito regarding the value of fitness. But even extending from the fitness industry, embark on a task or goal you have been contemplating but hesitant on following through with. While there will surely be hurdles to overcome, the sense of fulfillment will be nothing short of worth it!

3. Build Support
Support is extremely valuable in the New Year and during anytime for that matter. Whether it be a significant other, close friend, or family member, build your supportive team and trust in them during times of need. Not only can their support boost your mood, but ensure your compliance and motivation to stick to your goals.

4. Disconnect with Media, Reconnect with Others
Social media outlets can glamorize actual reality, even showing to compromise self-esteem and optimism in those who actively scroll through the websites or phone apps. This new year, gift yourself with a digital detox and reconnect with others in real time. These interactions and relationships have shown to lead to happier, healthier, longer, and richer lives.

5. Clean Up the Diet
Though certain foods may taste good in the moment, we must also eat to nourish our bodies. The short and long-term ramifications of innutritious foods can be highly detrimental to health, including drastic fluctuations in blood sugars, obesity, heart disease, and cancer. Use this New Year to not only turn over a new leaf, but eat them! Leafy greens and other fruits and veggies burst with nutrients your body utilizes to optimize efficiently and sustain life. While a cookie here and there is not detrimental, focus most of your diet attention on whole foods devoid of copious volumes of sugar, fat, and sodium. And as a general rule of thumb, comprise at least half of your meal plate with colorful veggies and complement with a lean protein, healthy fat, and piece of fruit as desired.

6. Increase Physical Activity
Increasing physical activity can be extremely impactful for your physical and mental health this year. Aim to include at least 30 active minutes in your day, along with strength training at least twice a week. Keeping active can promote healthy weight loss and maintenance, reduce the risk of chronic disease, reduce stress and anxiety, increase productivity, and boost confidence.

7. Practice Coping Techniques
Life is filled with highs and lows and how you respond to negative feelings and situations can truly dictate both your healthiness and happiness. So rather than turning to alcohol or food as a coping mechanism, confide in your support group, go for a walk, practice yoga or meditation, or any other positive technique that is advantageous for you.

8. Catch More Zzzz's
Does sleep deprivation have you agitated and hungry? It's time to catch more Zzzz's in the new year for a healthier and happier you! Inadequate sleep has a large impact on food choices by deregulating hunger hormones and heightening cravings, along with slowing down metabolism. Sleeping the recommended seven to nine hours each night not only subsides such physical health risks, but can increase energy and mood.

9. Enjoy the Ride
Stop focusing on the anticipated outcome, live in the moment, and enjoy the ride! Individuals who focus on the process tend to remain more motivated and apt to conquer any sort of speed bumps or forks in the road, ultimately fueling the drive to make it to the finish line.

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Written By Sydney Lappe, MS, RDN. Published on January 14, 2018. Updated on October 22, 2019.


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