5 Easy, Healthy New Year's Resolution Ideas

| 1/15/2015 10:21:00 AM

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5 Easy, Healthy New Year Resolution Ideas&

Forget to make a New Year resolution? Already having trouble sticking to the one you already made? It’s not to late to make a resolution – one that you will actually keep. Here is a tip: start small. Some resolutions, such as training for a marathon or going 100 percent sugar-free, can be daunting. This often means you’ll get overwhelmed and not make it to your goal. Instead, try making manageable changes to your lifestyle this year. These five New Year's resolution ideas are easy and simple, and they will help you take small, but significant, steps toward better health.

1. Drink more water. Staying hydrated is one of the best things you can do for your health. While severe dehydration is dangerous and symptoms will be obvious, chronic, mild dehydration often goes unnoticed – but the effects on your body are significant. Insufficient water intake can impact physical performance, reduce cognitive functioning, alter mood, cause constipation, and more. Good hydration is associated with a reduction in hypertension, coronary artery disease, and urinary tract infections, and might even be important for preventing some cancers.[1]

You should drink at least 1.5 liters of water each day, or more if you are physically active. Keep track of how much water you are drinking with a water bottle or cup placed in a place you will see it throughout the day, such as your countertop or desk. Set a goal for how much water to drink every hour, and set an alarm to remind you to check on your progress. Straws or other convenient lids make it easier to reach for a sip, as well

2. Cook more at home. Cooking your meals at home has substantial health benefits; people who cook at home consume fewer total carbohydrates, fats, and sugar.[2] Home-cooked meals are more nutritious, and allow you to avoid preservatives, dyes, artificial ingredients, as well as excessive fat, sodium and sugar. The time you spend preparing food at home will be well worth it, and your body (and taste buds) will thank you.

Cooking at home can be easy, delicious, and fun. For tips on how to save time cooking at home, read more from the Natural Health Advisory.

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