If you must make a resolution, it should be a resolution to live healthy. Form a healthy habit and you will love long enough to fulfil your other resolutions.
Below is a 12-month guide to help you be on your way to a healthy 2016.
JANUARY- Drink more water
It sounds so simple, but it works. Drinking water helps you lose weight because it helps you feel full so you eat less. Plus it flushes out toxins. Drink a minimum of 8 glasses of water per day and if you’re still thirsty, drink more.
FEBRUARY- Make breakfast a priority
A study of people who lost 30 pounds or more and kept it off for more than a year showed 78% ate breakfast. Keep breakfast simple with a bowl of whole grain cereal with nonfat milk and fruit or whole wheat toast with low fat cheese and yogurt
MARCH- Get more sleep
Research have shown that most adults don’t get enough sleep. Getting adequate sleep helps your body fight off illnesses like cold or flu and may lower your risk of beast disease and diabetes. For a better, healthier you, aim for 7-8 hours of sleep each night.
APRIL- Keep a food journal
Writing down what you eat may double your weight loss according to researchers. Keeping track if your intake may make you aware of what you’re eating. It also helps you the note of specific food habits and where you can make healthy change.
MAY- Go for a walk
When it comes to exercise, walking is free. It requires no special equipment and can be done anywhere. You require 30 minutes of brisk walk 5 days a week. If timing is the problem, break your walks into 10-15 minutes intervals 2-3 times a day.
JUNE- Eat your fruits and vegetables
Low in calories and full of fibre, you can’t go wrong eating more if fruits and vegetables. You’ll have an easier time maintaining a healthy weight and also lower risk of heart disease, diabetes and certain types of cancer. Fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables.
JULY- Downsize your portion
Your eyes can sometimes be too big for your stomach. Trade your large dinner plate for a small lunch plate to cut portions and save calories. Your plate will look full and satisfying but you’ll eat less.
AUGUST- Go meatless
You do not have to give up meat altogether but make a plan to eat one or two meatless meals a week for better health. One study showed that eating less meat particularly red meat may lower your risk of cancer and heart disease.
SEPTEMBER- Find a workout partner
Working out with a friend may increase your motivation to exercise. It makes workout more fun when you add a social element to them. Plus an accountability system makes you more consistent.
OCTOBER- Savour your meals
Perfect the art of slow eating. It takes your brain 20 minutes to send out signal of fullness. Taming your time while eating helps you eat fewer calories and also gives you an early feeling of fullness.
NOVEMBER- Unplug and unwind
The constant buzz of emails and test messages makes it hard to relax. Research have shown that heavy technology use may lead to an increase risk of depression, stress and sleep disorders. Make time to put the technology away and connect with yourself and loved ones.
DECEMBER- Don’t skip meals
Don’t let your social calendar thwart all your efforts. You maybe tempted to skip lunch or dinner in order to save room for party food but it may backfire. Skipping meals lead to extreme hunger and you may end up eating more than you intended.