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These 6 totally-realistic New Year’s resolutions can help you be healthy in 2021

Published on:31 December 2020, 14:00pm IST
Don’t resolve to lose weight in 2021. Instead, be determined to get healthy. These 6 New Year’s resolutions will help you be your healthiest self.
Pooja Banga
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Set achievable goals for good health in 2021. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
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New year 2021 is around the corner! As we inch towards a fresh start, this is the time to set our resolutions about health, weight, and diet. Every year we set resolutions but a few weeks in, they fail–either because we set the bar really high for what we want to achieve or because we are just not dedicated enough. 

Which is why today we’re bringing you 6 reasonable, and healthy, New Year resolutions that you can totally achieve without breaking a sweat: 

1. Include more whole foods to diet

The best way to start your New Year is to make moderate changes in your diet. Include whole foods like vegetables, fruits, seeds, different nuts, and fish to increase the nutrient intake.

Whole foods help to decrease the risk factors for obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. If you are not habituated with this diet, start slowly and give your body time to adjust.

2. Figure out your favorite physical activity

Instead of taking an expensive gym membership, this New Year, try to figure out your favorite form of physical exercise. You can feel demotivated very fast if you do not enjoy what you are doing.

Based on your interest, pick up activities like swimming, cycling, morning jogging, etc. To make your resolution last for long, fix realistic short-term goals which you can surely achieve.

Also, read: Anxious about the New Year? Here are some expert tips to help you sail through

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Pump up your heart with the activity you like. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
3. Get sufficient sleep

Be determined to get sufficient sleep this New Year. Undisturbed sufficient sleep improves overall health, retains mental peace, and boosts concentration. On the other hand, sleep deprivation leads to obesity, depression, and various heart diseases.

To improve the sleep quality, cut down screen time at night, alcohol, and caffeine intake. Maintain a particular time to go to bed and wake up in the morning. Eventually your body will get habituated with this timing.

4. Practice self-care regularly

Make self-care a must add in your New Year resolution-list. It is not selfish to take some time off for yourself. Rather it is imperative to boost mental wellbeing and optimal health. Self-care does not need to be time consuming. It can be taking a stroll amidst nature, reading your favorite book, cooking your favorite meal weekly, attending Pilates’ class, or simply having an extra hour of sleep.

5. Daily meditation

It is medically proven that regular meditation helps to promote a healthy mental state. It actively reduces the risks of anxiety and depression and also proves beneficial for existing anxiety.

For this New Year, make the resolution to meditate every day to stay away from every mental woes. Practice at least 10 minutes of meditation with some soothing instrumental background music daily.

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Rejoice the super power of mediation. Image courtesy: Shuttestock
6. Regular health check-ups

This New Year, swear by good health. It is important to take care of your overall health—for which you need to keep in touch with your medical practitioner constantly. Regular blood tests, measuring blood pressure, heart and pulse rates among others can help to detect the potential health hazards. You can take the charge before things become more serious by taking required measures. Visit your dentist regularly. Keep your dental hygiene on point as bad breath, fragile teeth, and sore gums can be the preliminary symptom of other health problems.

Instead of setting unrealistic expectations, be kind to yourself and set realistic and sustainable expectations. Take small steps to achieve them and keep a positive mindset to life. New Year is all about new beginnings. So be open to new possibilities and embrace the healthier changes to improve your lifestyle.

Pooja Banga Pooja Banga

Pooja Banga is a certified nutritionist and a wellness coach who specializes in the field of Holistic nutritionist, weight loss, and sports nutrition.