This year, you’re vowing to make a change on January 1 and stick with it. But what do you really want to resolve to do this year? Before you set a far-fetched goal or abandon your wishes before you even start, read this list of women’s top 5 healthy New Year’s resolutions.
Take these general resolutions and actually achieve them by breaking things down into simple, attainable goals. Reevaluate your goals each month and, if they are met, take them a step further. If you’ve fallen off the wagon, start again in the new month.
1. Lose weight: Easier said than done, right? Start by deciding on your weekly/monthly weight loss goals, but don’t stop there! Losing weight in the New Year requires a balance of food and fitness, so make a list of specific changes you’ll make to get there. Use these easy tips to lose one pound a week, eat fat-burning foods or learn from others' weight loss journeys. If you’d like to jumpstart making these healthy choices simultaneously, join the 21-Day Shred! It’ll teach you invaluable skills for recognizing fueling foods, proper portions and fitness routines.
2. Eat healthy: Make this resolution more concrete in order to succeed. Think about your biggest struggle when it comes to food — are you a chocaholic or does the bread basket lure you in? Begin by cutting out your worst habit, then focus on bettering your diet. Vow to eat the rainbow, drink a gallon of water each day (in an adorable bottle, of course) or prep your meals on Power Planning Sundays. You can also stick with eating lightened-up dinners by using the Supper Club as your nightly menu.
3. Exercise more: Get fit this year by setting active goals for yourself. Pencil in 30 minutes per day for a walk, a couple of at-home workout videos or a new group fitness class. Strap on a fitness tracker and log 10,000 steps by the time your head hits the pillow each night. If you are a competitive person, connect with fit friends and see who can get the most steps in each week! And don’t forget to reward yourself for continued progress with a new piece of fitness clothing or equipment to keep you motivated!
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4. Relax: It’d be great to stress less in the New Year; make it happen by actively doing tasks that help you slow down, reflect and find balance in your life. Attend a weekly yoga session or meditative practice. Each night, count your blessings or collect your positive thoughts by writing them in a journal. Finally, put down your phone and be present for those around you — you’ll be surprised by how calming that can feel.
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5. Learn something new: Being a graduate doesn’t ever mean you should stop learning. Commit to continuous learning by reading about a subject that interests you 20 minutes each day — or even better — reading up on something you know nothing about! Master a skill you’ve been admiring, like learning a new language, knitting or organizing the house! If you’d like to share your own knowledge of a subject and learn from other people, join a club or class (even online) or start your own!
If you’d like to spend the year transforming into a smarter, fitter, better version of yourself, don’t try to make too many changes at once. Instead, follow this guide for 12 months to a better you. Make one change each month and see real results this time next year!