11 Health Resolutions To Make For 2020 (That You’ll Actually Stick To)

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It’s 2020, and people all over the globe have probably already broken their new year’s resolutions. New year’s resolutions are often made with the best of intentions, but they are poorly implemented and many give up.

Here, we’ve got 11 health resolutions that you should actually be able to stick to – take a look and see what you think. This could be your best year yet! 

1.Cut Yourself Some Slack

First of all, if you’re going to achieve anything, you need to loosen up. Being rigid and militant is often not something you can stick to in the long term. If you slip up, relax and move on. Your lifestyle should be well balanced, and if that means pizza, cake, and a few drinks with friends, enjoy it! It doesn’t mean you’ve failed or that you’re ‘off the wagon’. If you skip a workout, it’s not the end of the world. 

The more you stress about not being perfect, the harder it is for you to live up to your super high standards. Be flexible and you’ll enjoy what you’re doing so much more. 

2. Start Meditating 

Meditation is one of the most effective things you can do for your mind. You should find that with regular meditation you enjoy more clarity of mind, more creativity, less stress, and so much more.

It’s not the easiest habit to get into, but it’s one of the most valuable and can make such a huge difference. Use an app to get started. Keep them short to begin with just while you get in the habit, and soon, you can build up your sessions. 

3. Focus On Sleep And Stress 

Sleep and stress levels are two of the most important things to your mental and physical health. We are now all learning that we need to stop glorifying little sleep and high stress levels. These things are nothing to be proud of, and they certainly don’t mean that we are working harder than anybody else. By focusing on sleep and stress levels, you’ll be able to feel like your best self physically and mentally much faster. 

4. Get Your Neat Up 

Your ‘NEAT’ is your non-exercise activity thermogenesis. This is the activity you’re doing when you’re not in the gym, and it’s one of the most effective ways to get healthier and move more. For instance, this could mean:

  • Parking further away from your destination
  • Taking the stairs rather than a lift 
  • Walking short journeys instead of driving 
  • Getting a bike 
  • Planning a lunchtime walk 
  • Spread chores and tasks over the week so you get more activity over the whole week not just one or two days 
  • Make cleaning the house more effective by speeding up and putting music on 

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5. Listen To Your Body

Learning to listen to your body is one of the most difficult yet one of the most important things you can do for yourself. We are basically trained from a young age not to listen to our natural cues – for example, forced to finish dinner when we weren’t hungry, and given snacks when bored. There’s a lot that goes into it. 

You probably won’t trust yourself at first, which is why you should start small and just do what you can. There are all kinds of resources out there that can be a great help for this kind of thing. 

6. Go To Regular Health Check Ups 

Don’t skip out on your regular health check ups. You might think that you don’t need them because you feel fine, but health professionals will be able to spot if something is amiss way before you do. Keeping up with them is the best way to make sure you’re as healthy as can be.

Bear in mind that if you skip on appointments because you get nervous (for example, the dentist), there are places you can go that cater to you. Technology is always improving, and there’s even a new innovation to replace your missing teeth – skipping the dentist could mean skipping out on the perfect smile you’ve always dreamed of. Make appointments and set your reminders now! 

7. Drink More Water 

How much water do you currently drink? In an ideal world, you’ll get 2 litres a day. Carry a big bottle with you and drink from that throughout the day – you could even go one step further and write times on the bottle and make sure you stick to those times. You’ll probably need to adjust to the amount you’ll have to use the toilet, but it’ll be so good for your health and mentality. 

8. Find Exercise That You Enjoy 

The key to being healthy and sticking to exercise is finding a type you really enjoy. Don’t just exercise to change the way you look, either. This should be about becoming empowered, feeling stronger, and becoming more flexible. Try out various classes and see what you like. You don’t have to wear yourself out – walking and yoga count! 

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9. Eat More Vegetables

Planning your meals will help with this, so see if you can plan what you’re going to eat for the week and even prepare a few meals in advance. Eating a more balanced diet could mean learning about nutrition – what are proteins, fats, and carbs and how do they help the body? What are the best sources? Your diet doesn’t have to be perfect, but educating yourself will help you to make the best choices for you. 

10. Spend Less Time In Front Of a Screen

If you spend a lot of time in front of a screen, find ways to cut back. This may take discipline at first, but it’s so important if you want to claim back your precious time. Focus on your posture, too, and protect your eyes with blue light glasses

11. Start A New Hobby 

A new hobby can be great for the mind and self esteem. Learning something new is a great way to have fun and boost confidence. What have you always wanted to try?

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