New Year’s Resolutions That Aren’t Losing Weight
The year is coming to an end and for many people that means it’s time to choose a resolution for 2013. New Year’s resolutions are great, but overeating during the Holidays makes it too easy to choose the same goal year after year: lose weight. According to a study on 2012’s New Year’s resolutions, weight loss was the number one resolution, with 38 percent of those surveyed having some sort of goal that involved losing weight. This year we are providing you with resolutions that don’t involve work out or weight loss tips. Check out these five resolution ideas that will help make 2013 a nifty New Year!
Resolution Idea #1: Make Sleep a Priority
This might sound like a silly resolution, but sleep is important for your mental and physical health. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention found that nearly 30 percent of adults sleep six or fewer hours each night instead of the recommended seven to nine hours. In addition to fatigue and irritability, not getting enough sleep can lead to memory problems, mood swings, a lower immune system and even weight gain. In order to ensure a good night’s sleep, it is important to create good sleep habits and stick to them. Some examples of good sleep habits include going to bed at the same time every night, avoiding vigorous activity before bed and not consuming large meals or caffeine too close to bed.
Resolution Idea #2: Improve Your Posture
Improving your posture might not seem like something significant enough to be a New Year’s resolution, but it is! A good posture is the key to preventing muscle aches, strain, stress on joints and the risk for arthritis. Sitting at a desk all day makes it easy to practice a poor posture, but here are some tips from the Cleveland Clinic on how to sit properly:
- Sit with your back straight and shoulders back with your rear end touching the back of your chair
- Distribute your body weight evenly on both hips
- Bend your knees at a right angle and keep your feet flat on the floor
- Adjust your chair height and work station so you can sit close enough to your work to avoid hunching over
Whether it’s at work or at home, being organized is the key to keeping your stress under control. If your desk at work has stacks of papers and 50 different Post-Its of things to do, it is inevitable that you will be overwhelmed and will not know where to begin. Organizing your life with tools like a calendar or planner will give you more time to relax and be productive. If you are unorganized, a beneficial resolution for you might be choosing to get organized for 2013 and beyond!
Resolution Idea #4: Learn Something New
Even though you may be done with school, you can never be done learning. If you want to learn a new language or new skill, go for it! It can be scary putting yourself out there by trying something new, but you never know what may come out of your explorations. In addition to a feeling of immense personal growth, opening your mind and trying new things can boost your self-esteem, form new friendships and you may even discover a hidden talent!
Resolution Idea #5: Make Time for Yourself
Your family, work and school are all things that can easily take over your life, but it is important to set aside some time for yourself every day. You may feel guilty about taking time out for you, but it is necessary to realize that it’s beneficial for you and those around you in the long run. Constantly being on the go wears you down and puts you at risk to become stressed and tired. This is why you should set aside a minimum of 15 minutes of “me time” per day of time. Choose to do whatever you like during this time so you are left feeling relaxed and rejuvenated afterwards.
The New Year can be your new beginning if you want it to be. Do you have a resolution for 2013? We want to know! Share it with us via a comment or on our Facebook page. Happy New Year from the 5-hour ENERGY® team!