While the holidays are full of celebrating the moment and spending quality time with friends and family, many people embrace the opportunity that comes with the new year: A chance to set goals to accomplish throughout the year.
Not sure which goals to set in 2019? The best New Year’s resolutions are those that really speak to you and are achievable. Here are some great ideas you'll feel good about all year long!
Make walking a part of your daily routine.
One of the top New Year’s resolutions is to exercise more, which means gyms are typically packed for the first few months of the year. You can start your “move more” resolution by walking more each day. Whether it’s around the block with your family, a hike during the weekend or turning your work break into a lap around your building, you can work exercise into your schedule without worrying about the crowds.
Don't delay your goals.
This applies to so many things: work, errands, getting together with a friend, cleaning out the garage—the list can seem endless sometimes (we get it)! While it can be easy to get caught up in scrolling through social media or watching your favorite television show, putting off your goals could actually be causing you more stress. Take a few moments to write out your plans for the day or week, then commit to accomplishing your tasks.
Show yourself some love.
When someone says they want to “get healthy,” it typically focuses on physical health. Don't forget about your mental and emotional health! It’s important to remember that your overall health is impacted by your emotions and mentality. When you have a positive mindset, it helps keep you motivated in all areas of your life.
Take some time to do something for you! Whether it's reading a book or taking a relaxing bath after a long day at work, do something that makes you happy—you deserve it!
Invest in your hobby.
Investing in something doesn’t always mean monetarily—time is an investment, too! If you love to read, set aside a specific time to read or find a day to join a book club. If you want to learn how to meal prep, look up an exciting new recipe or take a cooking class. The possibilities are endless once you decide to focus more attention on what you already love to do.
Get more sleep.
This is one New Year’s resolution idea that your body and mind will thank you for committing to. Your body needs to rest in order to recharge and recover from the day’s events, and denying yourself moments of rest can add to your stress levels. One way to potentially improve your sleep is to make your room a place where you can rest—try to avoid watching TV, hopping on your computer or scrolling through your phone before bedtime.
Focus on healthy weight loss.
Weight loss might be the most common goal on everyone’s New Year’s resolutions list. There are a number of ways to work toward healthy weight loss, including setting realistic goals, getting the nutrition your body needs, and incorporating more exercise into your week. Remember, the number you see on the scale isn't everything. By making a healthy lifestyle a priority, the rest of the pieces, including weight loss, will fall into place.
The new year is an opportunity to rethink your habits and decide which ones are not serving your health. By making small changes, such as focusing on eating more nutritious foods or finding activities you love, you can begin your weight loss journey. Having a support system is so important: your friends, family and your weight loss consultant can help you stay motivated, keep you accountable and help you strategize if you hit a plateau.
We hope our list of New Year’s resolution ideas helps you come up with a few of your own!