Lose weight. Exercise more. Reduce stress. Are you thinking about how you can transform your lifestyle for a healthier you in 2024? New Year’s resolutions can be powerful. You are promising yourself that you will make positive changes. But they can also be hard to keep. In fact, according to U.S. News and World Report, 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail. Make this the year you succeed by adopting lifestyle changes that will enhance both your physical and mental well-being.
5 Resolutions That Will Transform Your Lifestyle
One of the main reasons many resolutions fail is that they are too broad. Everyone wants to “get healthy” — but there are many ways to adopt a more healthy lifestyle. Here are five specific resolutions that can help put you on a path to a healthier you.
- Get regular exercise: Incorporate at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise most days of the week, whether it’s brisk walking, jogging, cycling, or engaging in a favorite sport.
- Eat a nutrient-rich diet: Prioritize whole foods like fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains in your diet. Also, minimize processed foods, sugary snacks, and excessive alcohol intake.
- Get adequate sleep: Ensure you get 7-9 hours of quality sleep per night to support physical recovery, cognitive function, and overall well-being.
- Manage stress: Practice stress-reducing techniques such as mindfulness, meditation, or yoga to promote mental resilience and maintain a positive mindset.
- Drink more water: Replace sugary beverages with water and herbal teas to stay adequately hydrated, supporting various bodily functions and promoting overall health.
More Tips for Keeping Those Resolutions
Being specific helps make resolutions more tangible. But there are additional tips that can help you change your habits for the better, including:
- Setting smaller goals. Avoid putting too much pressure on yourself with lofty goals. It’s easy to get overwhelmed if your goal is to lose 30 pounds. But if you pick a smaller, more realistic goal of losing 10 pounds, it feels more achievable. Then, after you reach that goal, you can set another one.
- Getting an accountability partner. It’s important to have someone to lean on when making lifestyle changes. Find a friend to go to the gym with, or involve your spouse in healthy meal planning. You can also reach out to the team at Maragal Medical. Many of our clients see us as the partner they need to stay on track.
- Being patient. Making big changes takes time. In fact, it can take on average 66 days to form a new habit. If you have a setback, don’t beat yourself up. Forgive yourself and start again.
Weight Loss: A New Approach to a Common Resolution
According to a report by Statistica, losing weight is always one of the top three New Year’s resolutions. But it’s also one of the resolutions that is the hardest to keep, often because people attempt to start a very strict fad diet and have trouble sticking to it.
As Dr. Gallalger at Margal Medical explains in this video, there is a reason fad diets almost always fail.
There’s a better approach to long-term weight loss. If you’re looking to lose weight or change your eating habits, our popular NutriHealth Weight Loss Program can be life-changing. Also, be sure to check out these practical and sustainable tips for weight loss.
Make Your Resolutions Stick, With Support
You know you want to make positive changes. But doing it alone is hard — and why so many people fail. Let Maragal Medical help. Contact us today, and let’s achieve your resolutions together!