I normally don’t make New Year’s Resolutions. And if I do, it’s usually the same one every year: “I resolve not to make any New Year’s Resolutions.”
It’s just something I never got behind is all. Most people break their resolutions before the end of January anyways, so what’s the point?
As I get older, though, perspective plays around a bit with how I think. I may not want to make any actual resolutions, but taking a close look at my life and thinking about what I may want to change is certainly a good thing. The timing of the New Year just helps put it all into focus.
So with 2016 upon us, I’m looking at things a bit differently. That means I’m looking to help create a New You in the New Year. And by “You” I really mean me.
Like the majority of folks out there making resolutions, I’m resolving to live a much healthier lifestyle. I don’t smoke (1000% against it!) and really only drink socially. So that’s two big roadblocks I can cross off any list.
But there are a number of other things I can do personally to help make for a healthier me in 2016.
Taking stock of my life now, I came up with a list of 10 things I’d like to do or do better in 2016 to help improve my health. Here’s a look at 10 goals (resolutions are made to be broken, goals are made to be conquered) for a healthier New Year:
- Drink more water – I’ve given up soda for months now and don’t even crave it. So now I need to up my water intake!
- Walk more – I sit at my desk working roughly 9 hours a day, plus the 2 hours I spend sitting in the car commuting. I need to get up and walk around a lot more, even if it’s just a few minutes every hour.
- Say no to donuts – Not that I eat a lot of donuts, but just junk food in general. When you’re in an office (especially around the holidays) with loads of cakes, cookies and candies always out on a table, it’s really tough to not eat just one.
- Keep up the weightlifting – I joined a gym a few months ago and started going twice a week before work. The last few weeks, I’ve slowed down a bit just because of the holidays and extra stress. I need to get fully back on track.
- Eat more fish – I LOVE seafood. But fish? Eh. Sure a can of tuna fish is great. I love fish tacos. But for some reason, I just don’t love salmon. Allie does, so I need to suck it up and start eating it a lot more.
- Attempt a 5k – I hate running. Loathe it. My wife, of course, loves it. I think the most I’ve ever run without stopping is about a mile or a mile and a half. I’d like to push myself, do more cardio and at least attempt a 5k in 2016.
- Cut down on carbs – I’m a believer in moderation, not elimination. I’d never fully give up carbs, but cutting down on them should help quite a bit.
- Play outside with the kids more – Unlike most kids, mine just don’t love being outside. It’s almost like punishing them when we tell them to go outside and play! Weather-permitting, I’d like to do more outside activities with the whole family, getting us all some fresh air and some good natural exercising.
- Use our treadmill – We have a treadmill in the basement which I rarely use. Most people hang their clothes on their treadmills, and yeah, we used to do that when it was in our bedroom. I
wantneed to start getting up earlier a few more times during the week to at least get in 30 minutes of walking/running on the machine.
- Get more sleep – Everything else on this list becomes 10 times harder when I haven’t gotten a good night’s sleep. I generally stay up way too late working, then get up early for work. And when you’re body and mind are utterly exhausted, your willpower is completely shot. So I need to get to bed earlier and get a better night’s sleep all around.
That last one on the list is probably the most important. It is so easy to completely get out of your normal routine simply by getting less sleep than you need. You wake up utterly exhausted, have no strength or motivation to get you through the day. I’ve actually been yawning at the gym lately because I’ve been so tired. And my workouts have absolutely suffered because of it.
So when that clock hits 12:01 am on January 1, 2016, I’m hitting the refresh button. The holidays will officially be over, so I can start recovering and start working on a new me! A healthier lifestyle all begins with a healthy night’s sleep.
One way to help with the sleep is with ZzzQuil. Sometimes my mind’s just racing with the day’s events or more likely the massive amount of work waiting for me the next morning. To help push those aside at night and let me nod off, the non-habit forming sleeping aid ZzzQuil can certainly help me welcome in the Sandman to get a great night’s sleep and wake up refreshed.
Especially great when traveling (It’s always tough sleeping in a strange place), Zzzquil is a great Wingman to have when I need to get a full night’s sleep and wake up refreshed. No matter what your day holds, anything is possible if your body’s fully rested.
Here’s to a Happy and Healthy New Year full of laughter, love and lots of sleep!
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What are your goals for the New Year?