By: Annie Morgan
With the holiday season upon us, many Americans are already thinking about health resolutions to make for the new year.
And let’s be honest – every year it seems like the same thing – we vow to lose 20lbs or finally start eating healthy – only to fall back into old patterns in a short time.
But by setting simple yet attainable health goals – you can actually take small steps to improve your health one day at a time.
As a result, you’ll rock 2020 with a healthy lifestyle if you work to master these 3 health resolutions.
Give Up Sugar – Really This Time
Americans love sugar.
In fact, according to the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, it’s estimated the average American consumes over 150lbs of sugar in a solid year!
From soda to sugary sweets, and even condiments like ketchup and honey mustard – sugar is everywhere.
Even those eating “gluten-free” snacks are consuming processed junk loaded with sugar.
And as a result, obesity is at an all-time high and type 2 diabetes is on the rise.
Not to mention sugar causes inflammation in the body.
In the new year, consider really giving up sugar – and all its harmful substitutes!
If you are looking for a sweet treat, these fruits are recommended for those looking to reduce sugar.
Reducing your sugar intake is an investment in your future health.
As a bonus, you’ll be amazed at the initial pounds that will melt off your frame – just from stopping your sugar intake!
And don’t worry, your taste buds will adjust.
Find A Workout You Enjoy
Many people make New Year’s Resolutions to finally take their workout routine seriously – only to make it two weeks at the gym before they give up.
But there are more ways to get fit than running on a treadmill!
Consider workouts that incorporate things you enjoy – like swimming or joining an indoor soccer league.
From racquetball to even salsa dancing, there are plenty of physical activities that are fun.
You’ll burn calories without even realizing it!
Stop Pulling All-Nighters
Whether you stay up late on social media or binge-watching the latest online series – not getting enough sleep has serious health consequences.
Your brain is tired the next day and you are unable to think clearly and make decisions.
Not to mention the havoc it puts on the body like obesity and increased heart disease.
Many people pride themselves on not needing to sleep and bragging they’ll “sleep when they’re dead” – but with an attitude like that – the likelihood of a premature death increases.
Johns Hopkins Medicine reported:
“When people don’t get enough sleep, their health risks rise. Symptoms of depression, seizures, high blood pressure and migraines worsen. Immunity is compromised, increasing the likelihood of illness and infection.”
So this new year, start off the year right and commit yourself to these 3 health resolutions.
Not only are they manageable goals, but you’ll feel great knowing you are on your way to a healthy new you!
Do you have some health resolutions you want to make for the new year?
What is the greatest challenge you face in actually keeping your new health resolutions?
Tell us your thoughts in the comments below and be sure to share this article with your friends and family to let them know health resolutions they can make to ring in the new year right!