Healthy Living New Year Resolutions for 2012

1 Jan

Happy New Year!!

At the beginning of a new year, many people come up with elaborate self-improvement ambitions, only to get discouraged with their lofty aspirations and give up. So instead of vowing to solve world peace, earn a billion dollars, and do your laundry on Donnie Wahlberg’s abs in 2012, it’s importmant to come up with reasonable new year resolutions. Then immediately develop a plan of action to conquer your goals for self-improvement, because the longer you wait to get started, the less likely it is that you’re actually going to do it.

Some of your new year resolutions probably include setting goals to be more fit and healthy in 2012, and if they don’t, rewind yourself and add a few healthy living aspirations to that list! Even those of us who pride ourselves on our healthy living habits always have room for self-improvement in this department.

New Year Resolutions for Healthy Living in 2012:

  • Determine your goal weight. If you’re already looking and feeling hot-to-trot, you don’t have to worry about this one, but if you could stand to shed a few pounds, it’s time to figure out exactly how many you want to lose. Nailing your weight loss goals for the new year down right away will give you something to work towards, and help inspire you to start getting skinny!
  • Develop a workout plan. If you belong to a gym, you’re probably already dreading the herd of new year’s resolutioners who will be invading your gym this week. The only comfort at the end of this stampede is knowing that most of these people will not set foot in the door again after January. Moral of the story, when setting goals to workout more in 2012, make a realistic plan that you’re actually going to stick to. If you can’t envision dragging yourself to the gym regularly, invest in a few workout DVDs or a piece of cardio equipment so you can workout at home. Where and how you burn calories is irrelevant, as long as you’re actually doing it.
  • Change your diet. You can’t practice healthy living if you eat garbage (figuratively, of course). Start the new year out right by changing your diet immediately! There’s no need to procrastinate this one, because if you don’t do it now, are you really going to start it next week?  No, you’re not. If you’re serious about self-improvement, clear those ring dings out of your pantry and replace them with a nice package of carrot sticks. Now!
  • Cook more.Eating out all the time will make you fat and broke. If this is what you’re striving for then carry on. Otherwise make one of your personal development goals to start finding healthy recipes to concoct at home. If your cooking is less than stellar, consider taking a class to improve it. Healthy living is much easier to achieve when you know exactly what you’re eating.

    Make it your goal to actually use your dining room table this year.

  • Try something new. If you do the same old thing all the time, you’re going to fall into a rut. Having a conversation with you will be total snoozefest. If you really want to work on personal development, you have to venture out of your comfort zone every once-in-awhile. So make it your goal to try something new relatively often, say once a month. Your self-improvement journey to become more interesting can take you anywhere you want; to new restaurants, fitness classes, travel destinations, stores you’ve always wanted to stop into. Whatever floats your boat. You’ll probably even enjoy yourself.
  • Make time for friends & family. Although it may sometimes seem like it, healthy living doesn’t actually involve chaining yourself to a treadmill and chugging wheat grass. Only if you’re into that… You have to make time to enjoy yourself in order to have a healthy, well-rounded lifestyle. It’s easy to get caught up in your daily life and neglect your friends and family, but it’s also just as easy to commit yourself to not doing that. Try setting goals for yourself such as planning weekly family dinners and ladies nights out once a month. Spending time with your loved ones will boost your mood and make you a happier person.
  • Plan a vacation.  Who doesn’t like going on vacation? Taking a trip gives you a chance to get away from the stresses of daily life and just relax a little. Stop talking about planning a vacation and just do it already! If something is getting in your way, such as a lack of time or money, develop a plan to overcome this obstacle in the new year. You’ll be able to relax and enjoy yourself even more with the satisfaction that you really earned this vacation!

    Make it your new year resolution to plan a vacation to a tropical paradise.

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