Tips for a Healthy Start to the New Year

If you’re like many Americans, you know the holidays are a time of fun and great food with friends — and hopefully you enjoyed them! By the time the New Year arrives, though, you might be in need of some healthy new resolutions to get yourself back on track. To improve your overall health and wellness for 2017, try working these simple tips into your January routine:

Be More Active Every Day
A common health goal for fitness is to take 10,000 steps per day. Use your Fitbit or a simple pedometer to measure your progress, but don’t worry too much about falling short of that big number. Instead, make it your goal to simply move around more today than yesterday. You can sneak in extra exercise by parking your car farther from your office or apartment home, and you can take a quick stroll around the block during your lunch break.

Cut Calories in Your Drinks
If you overindulged with holiday sweets, get your caloric intake back on track by substituting water in place of sugary drinks. Keeping your body hydrated has many health benefits, and drinking cool water is the zero-calorie way to go. Replace one soda, fruit juice, or sweetened latte every day, and you'll notice how it can lead to significant weight loss over time, as long as you aren’t replacing those calories with something else. Water will keep your belly feeling full, and it will help you resist that urge to indulge; it’s a win-win substitution.

Try Meatless Mondays
The best New Year’s resolutions are ones you can actually stick to as the days go by. Don’t try to overhaul your whole diet in one fell swoop; instead, consider making incremental changes until they become a habit. Meatless Mondays are the perfect first step to adopting healthier eating habits, since a vegetarian lifestyle is known to reduce the intake of saturated fat and the risk for heart disease. Every Monday, plan a vegetarian dinner instead of one that requires meat — bonus points if you have meatless leftovers for lunch on Tuesdays!

Settling back down into a healthy lifestyle after the holiday season doesn’t have to be hard. Try these tips to incorporate changes in a way that’s easy to maintain, and you’ll discover how positive results encourage you to continue making smart choices throughout 2017.