Try These New Year’s Resolutions to Improve Your Health

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Try These New Year’s Resolutions to Improve Your Health

It’s that time of the year again. We’re all scrambling to get ready for the holidays and preparing for the new year at the same time. And with that preparation often comes a New Year’s resolution. New Year’s resolutions have long been a popular topic when reflecting on the past year and looking forward to new beginnings. Here we will discuss some of the most popular resolutions that people have planned for the new year, along with some tips and tricks on how to execute them effectively and efficiently so that we can all have a successful 2020.

America’s Most Popular Resolutions

Based on a nationwide survey, the top five resolutions for 2019 were:

  1. Exercise to get in shape
  2. Diet to lose weight
  3. Save money
  4. Eat healthier in general
  5. Something with self care

It is not a large surprise that these are the top five resolutions, as people often want to feel better, look better and live better. In fact, when thinking of what your resolutions have been in the past, you have most likely had one of these on your list! The same survey that concluded these results also declared the following:

  • The easiest resolution to keep: personal development
  • The hardest resolution to keep: healthy eating/diet changes
  • Iowa is the 5th best state to keep their resolution coming in at 28.6%

The Secret to Success

Seeing that the hardest resolution to keep revolves around improving your health, it is to no surprise that it’s also hard to change your lifestyle to incorporate exercise and balance into your routine. We find that the secret to success is not just one secret, but many things aligning to keep you pushing forward. Here are some tips on how to successfully improve your lifestyle this new year.

  • Exercise daily: Having a routine helps hold you accountable and stay on track. You are more likely not to skip one day if you are doing something every day rather than every other day - where you skip one day, have the next off and then fall off track.
  • Eat a balanced diet: Rather than joining any fad diets like the Paleo or Keto diet that show results and failures fast, opt for a lifestyle change. Do this by eating a balanced diet and portioning the foods that are not so good for you. This way you’re eating healthy, but not depriving yourself from all treats so you don’t have to resist the temptation and fall off the train.
  • Get your rest: Getting a sufficient amount of sleep will keep you on your routine and will give your body plenty of rest to be ready for the next day. You don’t want to wear yourself out too much in the beginning to where you want to quit because you’re exhausted.
  • Set small goals to stay motivated: Setting multiple small goals will help keep you reaching them in shorter periods of time which will keep you wanting to work towards your ultimate goal. We often find ourselves reaching for the stars and setting unrealistic goals that we can’t reach resulting in us failing sooner than later.
  • Be consistent: Sticking to a routine will help keep you consistent. You don’t need to start out aiming to be the best of the best, but the longer you can stick to something, the better your results will be. Aim to start small and work your way towards a goal by increasing the level of difficulty over time and to keep you hitting goals until you’re where you want to be.

At Core Physical Therapy, we find that the ultimate secret to success is consistency and making your goals achievable. The more likely you are to do this, the more likely you are to see long term success. We wish you the best 2020 and a lifetime of good health and happiness. With that, we leave you with this quote. “Repetition is the mother of learning, the father of action, which makes it the architect of accomplishment.” - Zig Ziglar

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