Throughout the year we make many personal goals and promises to ourselves. This may include getting fit, eating healthy, growing a business, spending more time outdoors and less on social media, to be more positive or to simply save money. So why is it that we set these new goals and expectations and are unable to follow through with them?
Although our goals may have the best intentions, it’s challenging to make a change to our everyday habitual routine. We have become so familiar and comfortable with what we do daily, doing something different would feel abnormal. Change can be tough and that is why many of us wait until the New Year to start something new. We have come up with 10 attainable, easy and achievable New Year’s resolutions that you can do to create a healthier, happier and positive YOU.
Here are 10 Attainable New Years Resolutions!
We can’t say enough good things about practising yoga! If you are familiar with our City Top 10 Blog you know that we are yoga-obsessed and like to mention it whenever humanly possible. Yoga has a ton of health benefits to improve your over all state of being. It increases your flexibility, creates mental clarity and calmness, relieves chronic pain, increases body awareness, forms better posture and balance, strengthens and tones all of the muscles in your body and promotes a healthy respiratory system through the breath.
2. Drink hot lemon water every morning
Drinking one cup of hot lemon water each morning is so beneficial! It’s like a refreshing wake up call for your gut, muscles and organs. It has been well known that drinking lemon water first thing in the morning on an empty stomach flushes the body’s internal system and cleanses the colon. This allows the body to be able to absorb much more nutrients from food. Bring on the nutritional breakfast!
Read more about the healthy benefits of lemon water on our blog post: Top 10 Benefits of Drinking Lemon Water.
3. Random act of kindness: compliments
Who doesn’t love a nice compliment? Have you ever been on the receiving end of a compliment or act of kindness before? Remember how it made you feel? The world needs more of that.
I remember when I was pregnant with our first daughter, I had a customer approach me at work that I had only had a few encounters with, he said to me “You are going to make a great mother. She is very lucky to have you”. It was a moment in my life where time stood still and one that I will remember for the rest of my life. Whenever motherhood gets tough – I remember what this stranger said to me and it gives me that extra little bit of strength I need. Something so simple, yet so profound.
It is scientifically known that the health benefits associated to acts of kindness increases productivity, decreased stress, pain and insomnia,as well as, beneficial effects to the immune system and production of serotonin. Best of all? Smiling burns calories!
Spread a little more love and kindness this year.
Meditation encompasses techniques that induce relaxation, cultivate internal energy, develop compassion and encourage forgiveness. It clears the mind and promotes awareness.Meditation helps lower blood pressure, eases tension-induced pain, boost serotonin production and increases energy levels. It helps ease anxiety, builds emotional stability, boosts creativity and induces a sense of happiness
Check out our blog post on 10 Reasons Why You Should Meditate Daily for more health benefits!
5. Say no to processed foods and sugar
Say YES to healthy, nutritious alternatives! Sugar is a sneaky little ingredient that likes to find it’s way into almost ALL processed foods to make it, well, taste better. Food should be able to taste great using natural sugars and wholefoods.
If eliminating processed foods and sugar from your diet is something you feel would benefit you, check out our blog post on the Top 10 Benefits of Quitting Sugar for Good for more health benefits!
6. Meal plan/prep
What is meal prepping? Whether it is lunch for work or dinner for the family, meal planning and prepping is to set aside the time to prepare all or most of your meals for the week and store them. We believe you can save time, money and be incredibly good for your health!
It’s been a long day at work, you’ve picked up the kids from school and its time to make dinner. Most of the time its easier to throw in a frozen pizza that we all know gives everyone unmentionable heartburn. Or your lunch break has finally arrived (thank goodness!) and you didn’t pack anything because you were savoring every minute of sleep in the morning.
This is where we believe doing a simple meal prep for the week can be a timeless healthy option for lunch and/or dinner throughout the week. Sunday afternoon, commit the time to researching recipes that you can make several portions with that will last you the week.
Here are a few favourite recipes that we love and are super tasty!
- Chickpea Tuna Sandwich – A Vegan Tuna Sandwich You’ll Love by Jannine at Happy Stylish & Fit (a local blogger from Victoria, BC). It’s easy to make, requires simple ingredients, is vegan friendly and we feel, would make an excellent lunch!
- How to Prep – Salmon by Lacey at A Sweet Pea Chef (a local blogger from Austin, Texas). An easy salmon recipe for just $6 per meal! Save money and eat healthy!
- 18 Mason Jar Salads That Make Perfect Healthy Lunches by Carolyn Kylstra at BuzzFeed. These make excellent and delicious light, healthy lunches for the week.
7. Read a new book each month
Reading everyday is over all fantastic for your brain health. The benefits of reading include: mental stimulation, reduces stress, increases knowledge and vocabulary, improves memory, creates strong analytical thinking skills, improves focus and concentration and aids in better writing skills.
Plus, how awesome it is to say “Yup, I have read all those books on my book case” Pretty awesome.
8. Start a new fitness membership
Many of us can lose focus and motivation at the gym after weeks and weeks of the stair climber and elliptical. Our advice? Try signing up at a gym that offers classes like yoga, Zumba, Pilates, spin, boxing and/or weight lifting. Another option would be to sign up for a fitness program like a dance class, boxing or martial arts studio. This way you will have something to look forward too each week, it will give you the opportunity to have fun while working out and meet people within your community.
9. Monthly DIY Projects
Exploring the internet or Pinterest for do it yourself projects is a great way to spark some creativity, ideas and use your imagination. Make a goal of making a DIY project once a month 🙂
10. Sunday Walks
Did you know a simple walk around the neighborhood can increase your mood? Fresh air is everything! Walking is known to increase cardiovascular and pulmonary (heart and lung) fitness, reduce the risk of chronic disease, creates stronger bones and improves balance.
Why not make a pack with yourself or a loved one to go on a walk or hike every Sunday. This way, no matter what kind of week you’ve had, come Sunday you’ll get some fresh air, exercise and spend some quality time with a spouse or friend.
Have you tried any of the above New Years Resolutions before? What do you have planned for 2019? Are there any considerably easy resolutions we may have forgot? Let us know in the comment section below!