Become Fitter and Healthier in the Year Ahead

Every year millions of people make New Year’s resolutions, ranging from giving up smoking to getting a new job. The more common promises include getting more organized, becoming more fit, and losing weight. The fact is, most people will not follow through with their New Year’s resolutions.

According to studies, 35% of all New Year’s resolutions are broken within the first four weeks into the New Year. How about you? Have you ever started the new year with an initial burst of enthusiasm and a firm resolve to change your ways, only to find that by February those nasty habit have crept back in again?

Even if you have fallen off the resolution wagon a few times, give yourself the chance to work towards your goals again this year. To help you set yourself up for success, here are a few suggestions related to some of the top New Year’s resolutions that appear on most people’s list.

These tips may seem simple, but when used to work towards your goals, can make a great impact on your life at almost zero cost.


The number one New Year’s resolution, according to research, is losing some weight. This goal is usually at the top of the charts every year, but unfortunately few succeed. Around 97.1 million people are overweight in the United States, which represents 35.7% of the population.

So, statistically, there is one chance in three that you could find yourself in this category if you live in the United States. If you are serious about losing weight, then you can achieve your goals with properly set expectations and diligence. Do not expect miracles if you need to lose weight. Read some good articles and books on weight loss and firmly set your goal accordingly. Don’t expect immediate results. Changes to your body may not be visible until after a month or two of regular, disciplined actions towards your set goal.

Exercise Every Day 

If you fail to exercise every day now, do you think things will drastically change because you make a resolution? You need an easy plan! Start creating your strategy by answering the following questions. What exactly will you do for exercise, and where and when will you do it? Do you like to walk? Do you like aerobics classes? Can you follow a schedule more faithfully if you have an exercise partner? Again, you want to set yourself up for success; so, make your goal realistic. For example, you can plan walking for 40-minutes on Monday and Wednesday evenings after dinner, and going to the gym on Tuesday and Saturday mornings for yoga classes. Plan a new routine for yourself that you can and will strictly follow.

Eat Healthier 

Poor eating habit are common. In most countries, two out of every three people, or 200 million out of 300 million, do not eat well. What are your eating habit? Eating well simply means combining the right kinds of food and eating them at the right time. Eating well is one way to naturally keep your weight down. You will feel better and always have more than enough energy to accomplish everyday tasks. Just by eating well, you will accomplish many of your health goals.

Get Fit 

Another top resolution is to get fit. Even though most people get off to a successful start, they often fall short of their fitness goal out of boredom and a lack of variety within their exercise routine. Instead of allowing this set back to happen to you, build success into your fitness plan. Why not try the President’s Challenge? This program offers ideas that you can add to spice up your fitness routine. There are hundreds of activities to choose from that will keep you interested and motivated to succeed. Some options include aerobics, yoga, fishing, diving, bowling and bouncing on a trampoline.

Quit a Bad Habit

For many people, entering a new year is the time to reflect on life and to contemplate what sets you back from achieving success. Most people know and take responsibility for their failures. Bad habits, like smoking and drinking, are examples of areas that most people focus on during the New Year. It’s perhaps better to quit bad habits altogether, or to at least moderate them to an extent that bad habit no longer negatively affect your life. Numerous literature and support groups are available to help you keep your resolution to leave bad habit behind in the New Year.

Get More Quality Sleep 

Having a good night’s sleep is now becoming hard for most people with computers, smartphones and all sorts of gadgets beeping, alerting and glowing. You should have at least eight hours of sleep every night. You can make use of science and everyday hacks to find ways to achieve your quality-sleep goals.

Stay Connected With People

One great way to stay healthy and happy is to share your life with people around you. There is just too little time in this life for us to waste it on insincere, duplicitous and toxic people. We should focus on the people whom we care about and who care about us; healthy relationships are one of the best ways to be happy.

Be Financially Secure

Everyone wants more money in their pocket or bank account, but most people overspend during the holidays and come up short financially. Wouldn’t’t it be nice to have some extra cash in the coming year? If you want to be financially secure, then set that goal right now. Recognizing what you want is the first step in getting it. What do you desire the most? Write it down in your New Year’s goal setting journal or which ever tool you may use. Fortunately, there are plenty of options available for making extra money, like having side jobs, working as a freelancer, or using the Internet to your advantage.

Share Quality Time With Family 

Most People are spending more time at work and less time with family. Many find that their children have grown up too fast without them realizing or sharing in the joy of that growth. Many spouses realize that romance and love have disappeared out of their lives due to heavy work schedules. It is time we got back our lives. Spending quality time with family is perhaps one of the best New Year’s resolutions you can make for 2018.

Reduce Stress 

In this New Year, decide to work for a living and not live to work. Before you can reduce stress, you need to identify what is stressing you out. Be specific; it could be your family, job or business. Once you have identified the stressors, learn how to avoid, adapt, or accept them. To help you apply these anti-stress techniques, you could take a course on meditation or relax and take that long overdue vacation. Most importantly, decide to enjoy each moment of your life this new year. 

Volunteer & Give More to Charity:

Devoting your time and energy to helping those in need is a noble, self-rewarding gesture; it’s also an opportunity to meet new people, learn new skills and boost your resume. You discover happiness from within when you think on others and help meet their needs. Volunteerism is one good way to ex­perience healthy living.

Get a New Job 

Most people are looking for ways to improve, and taking a new job is one definite way to advance. Whether you want another job in the same field, or you’re looking to change fields altogether, before you go out to get that job, make sure you’re informed. Get the latest information on current salaries and benefits, and make sure you have an up-to-date resume. Also, polish your selling skills so that you are prepared to do well in interviews.

Increase Your Knowledge Through Reading 

Books are an excellent way to gain a lot of knowledge on a huge variety of topics, and reading is a great exercise for your brain. It’s not that difficult to go through 20 or more books in a year; you only need to make it a habit. Discover the types of books that are meaningful and beneficial to you, and then find a bit of time for reading here and there throughout your day.

You can also start or renew your subscription to Compulsive Magazine; it’s a great read full of useful information.

Get Regular Checkups 

Staying healthy should be your top priority. However, many people seem frightened of seeing a doctor for annual visits and don’t go to the hospital nearly as often as they should. As a result, the initial condition significantly worsens before they receive medical attention. Regular checkups are a must, no matter how healthy you feel at the moment — especially if you are elderly.

Now is the time to make a personal commitment to your success by setting realistic goals to achieve your New Year’s resolution. Whether you want to improve your health and fitness, or reach some other goal, many of the tips shared here could save you time and money. You can also use the tips to strengthen your relationships and live a happier life. Achieving your goals in the new year are not only possible, but it’s also doable; the decision is up to you. 

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