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10 Better-for-You New Year’s Resolutions

Article from Women's Day.

10 Better-for-You New Year’s Resolutions

Make meaningful health commitments that you can actually keep from Women's Day.

Making a New Year’s resolution this year? If it’s to lose those pesky 10 pounds—for the sixth year in a row—why not consider making a new, more doable resolution with equally big health payoffs? Take your pick of these 10 attainable resolutions that you can actually tackle this year.

1. Get More Sleep

Getting adequate sleep can help you feel more energized during the day, improve your mood and even help you lose weight. It's the best way to help your mind and body function at its best. 

2. Eat a Veggie or Fruit with Every Meal

The more vegetables and fruit you consume, the higher your intake of fiber, which helps fill you up, making you less likely to eat foods that are less healthy. Fruits and vegetables are also packed with vitamins and antioxidants, which your body needs for a strong immune system.

3. Find a Form of Exercise That You Love

Don't care for jogging or aerobics? That doesn't mean you should give up on exercise! It can take some trial and error to find a form of exercise that is enjoyable for you, but the key is to find something you are most likely to stick with. Start by making a list of activity's you haven't tried and give each a try for two weeks. Then, pick the one that gives you the most joy, or mix it up with your top two. 

4. Make More Social Dates with Friends

“Research shows that a healthy social life can help you stick to your healthy habits, fight disease and depression, reduce stress, enhance your sense of purpose in life, promote greater happiness and even live longer,” notes Dr. Lombardo. Balance is key—so keep time for yourself, too—but one social event per week (book club, dinner with the girls, a jogging date with your best friend) may go a long way in keeping you healthier—and happier—this year.

5. Extract Yourself from a Toxic Relationship

Weather it's from a romance gone bad or a friendship that leaves you feeling depleted and unhappy, 2015 is the year to set yourself free. To rid yourself of a toxic person, be assertive. Establish the limits that are best for you, communicate them to the other person and then stick to them. 

6. End the Negative Self-Talk

We all berate ourselves from time to time, but too much negative self-talk can create a self-fulfilling prophecy. The more you tell yourself you’re not worthy, the more you feel that way, and you may even act accordingly.Every time you notice yourself feeling bad, ask ‘What am I saying to myself right now?’” Then turn things around with positive thoughts like, “I can learn from the past. I am ready to transform my health. I know I can do this!”

7. Stop Sweating the Small Stuff

See if you can resolve to let the annoying but insignificant stuff go this year. Psychological stress, even in small doses, can cause physical stress in our bodies. When we are emotionally overwhelmed, angry or frustrated, our bodies release cortisol, also known as ‘the stress hormone which can have damaging effects on your heath. When something begins to ruffle your feathers, take a deep breath, and ask yourself, "Am I really going to let this mess with my health?" The answer, of course, is no!

8. Cook More at Home

The problem with a lot of restaurant food is that the portions can be larger, more caloric, and higher in fat and sodium than a home-cooked meal. Instead, broil a piece of fish, simply marinated in lemon, olive oil and spices. Then microwave a small baked potato and open a bag of lettuce topped with grape tomatoes. Planning your meals for the week can also ensure that you don’t fall victim to pizza—again.

9. Cut Back on Sugar

Don't worry, you don't have to give up your favorite indulgences to make this resolution work. Simply take a look at the added sugar in foods, and try to eat as little of the sweet stuff as possible. Too much sugar is too many calories with no nutritional benefit for your body. Try preventing cravings before they even start by making sure you're eating regularly throughout the day. A midday snack of plain yogurt with berries can help give you the sweet taste you're longing for. 

10. Come Up With a Healthy Living Mantra

No, you don’t have to be into yoga or check yourself into a Zen meditation center to embrace the benefits of having a healthy living mantra. Having a positive mantra can counter any negative thoughts you may be having while helping you stay hopeful and motivated to live a happy and healthy life. To find your mantra, designate a calming, motivating phrase that rings true to you, and think about it or whisper it to yourself when you need encouragement.

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