Top Healthy Resolutions, Here We Come
January 22, 2014

Top Healthy Resolutions, Here We Come

Here we are, well into the New Year, and many people have either just started their resolutions, already given up, or maybe are rocking and rolling with the new them. As a motivator for those in the first two categories, I thought I would write an article about some of the healthiest New Year’s resolutions. It is important to note that most people will not stay committed to their resolutions. In fact, states that less than half will still be on track with their resolutions by the six-month point. I want to help inspire all of us to stay committed, to be disciplined, to stick to our resolutions. listed the top 10 healthiest resolutions, so let’s take a look at some of these in no particular order.

Lose Weight

This is, by far, the most popular New Year’s resolution every year, which should tell us how difficult it is to stick to. Part of the problem is people want immediate results. They want to see the weight gone overnight. However, that is not healthy. Healthy weight loss takes time. In fact, losing two pounds a week is a healthy amount. Any more than that and people risk other health issues.

Furthermore, losing weight requires healthy eating and exercise. People cannot eat pizza and hamburgers with a side of milk shake and pie and expect to lose weight. If people eat balanced diets and exercise daily for at least 30 minutes, then not only will they see the weight drop, but they are also improving their heart health, brain health, emotional health, and overall health. Plus, they will feel better. It is worth the commitment.

Quitting Smoking

This is perhaps one of the hardest things to do for smokers. Not only do they have to deal with the physical addiction of the nicotine, but they also have to overcome the emotional one. Smoking is more than a physical act for many people, so quitting demands much of them. However, quitting smoking is perhaps the best move a smoker can make to a healthier lifestyle. Smoking is so very bad for us in so many ways that quitting improves health exponentially.

Cutting Stress

Sure, this is easier said than done, but it is another resolution that will lead to an overall healthier lifestyle. Stress affects our heart health, emotional health, brain health, and even sleeping patterns, which leads to a whole host of other issues. Taking time to deal with stress is a worthy resolution any time of the year.

Getting More Sleep

It is so easy to forgo sleep in lieu of other activities. We live in a busy, constantly moving world. We find ourselves needing to be in several places at once, which often means that in order to fulfill all of them, we give up on sleep. On top of the busy-ness of the world, we are also online, on TV, or on our phones at all hours of the day and night, so constantly being connected affects sleep patterns as well. However, sleep is worth demanding. Not only will we look healthier, but also our bodies will function better as will our brains. Getting sleep will allow us to be more in tune, more connected, and more capable.

Traveling More

Now, as an avid traveler, I can attest to the benefits travel brings. The adventures of travelling allow us to step outside of our daily lives for just a bit and see the world from a different angle. Plus, travelling teaches us about different peoples and cultures. We grow in myriad ways when we travel. Travelling allows us to refresh our health. It’s definitely a good resolution to have.

The article also mentioned the following healthy resolutions:

  • Going Back to School
  • Saving Money
  • Volunteering
  • Cutting Back on Alcohol
  • Staying in Touch

All of these are healthy resolutions whether you commit at the turn of the year or some other time. Resolutions do not have to happen just when we begin a new year. If we know we need or want to do something, we can resolve to commit to that anytime. So, if you have slipped on your resolution, just start again. If one of these healthy resolutions is on your list, don’t stop. They are worth the continued effort.

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Rayshell E. Clapper is an Associate Professor of English at a rural college in Oklahoma where she teaches Creative Writing, Literature, and Composition classes. She has presented her original fiction and non-fiction at several conferences and events including: Scissortail Creative Writing Festival, Howlers and Yawpers Creativity Symposium, Southwest/Texas Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association Regional Conference, and Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference. Her publications include Cybersoleil Journal, Sugar Mule Literary Magazine, Red Dirt Anthology, Originals, and Oklahoma English Journal. Beyond her written works, she successfully created a writer's group in rural Oklahoma to support burgeoning writers. The written word is her passion, and all she experiences inspires that passion. She hopes to help inspire others through her words.

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