Adarsh Gupta, DO

10 Achievable Health Resolutions for 2021

The year 2020 has transformed us in a way that no one has expected. It has affected us both mentally and physically. We have learned a lot and experienced a lot as well, but this learning is not done. Our plans for New Year’s 2021 will be a lot different from what they used to be. This article presents you with 10 achievable health resolutions. I hope these resolutions can help fill your list easily.

Try one of these simple lifestyle tweaks each day, and you’ll not only jumpstart a healthier body and mind — you’ll feel fantastic and so psyched to make 2021 a much better year than ever before.

Here is our list of achievable health resolutions for 2021:

1. Drink less alcohol.

You already know you don’t need to drink to have fun — and so why not make this year the one you cut back and improve a healthy lifestyle? Alcoholic beverages provide calories but few nutrients. The stress of pandemic has made some people resort to drinking alcohol. If you fall into that category, please find other healthier options to relieve stress (exercise is a great one). If you are looking to stop alcohol completely, please contact your healthcare provider or locate a virtual treatment program. Cutting down alcohol with lower calorie intake and provide a lot more health benefits than weight loss alone. This is one of the most important achievable health resolutions.

2. Quit smoking.

Cigarettes are extremely harmful to your health, particularly your lungs — but tobacco products hurt almost every part of the body. There are so many resources to help you get a jumpstart on ditching tobacco: Many are outlined by officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Some people worry about gaining weight after quitting smoking. It’s true that some people gain weight after quitting, but you can prevent weight gain by making healthy choices, for example, getting active, eating healthy snacks (fruits and vegetables). Despite how you may feel, it is an achievable health resolution. To learn more ways to watch your weight after quitting, check out these tips.

10 Achievable health resolutions for 2021 -
10 Achievable Health Resolutions for 2021

3. Eat veggies regularly.

Whether you’re slimming down or just staying healthy, vegetables are your friends. Eating vegetables provides health benefits – people who eat more vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet are likely to have a reduced risk of some chronic diseases. Vegetables provide nutrients vital for the health and maintenance of your body. Fruits and vegetables are also low-calorie density food, i.e., they are less calorie-dense. You can eat more quantity of them but still, take in less calorie. This improves the feeling of satiety. This should be one of your top choice for achievable health resolution. To learn more about fruits and vegetables and how to eat them, visit this site.

4. Start doing yoga.

Based on Indian philosophy, yoga involves both the body and mind. Pranayam involves breathing exercises, and Asanas involving physical poses. Modern yoga focuses more on physical poses, breathing techniques, and meditation. Meditation involves exercises that help you clear and calm your thoughts. With the practice of yoga, one can improve general wellness. To learn about the benefits of yoga on health and other resources, visit this NIH site.

5. Drink more water

You know you need to hydrate — but it’s especially important for your health. Drinking water can prevent dehydration, a condition that can cause unclear thinking, result in mood change, cause your body to overheat, and lead to constipation and kidney stones.

Drinking enough water each day can help improve skin tone, boost your energy, relieve constipation, and can even help aid weight loss.

6. Lift weights.

If you want to reduce body fat, increase lean body mass, and burn calories efficiently all together, then definitely think about lifting weights. Strength training is a key component of overall health and fitness for everyone. Lean body mass naturally diminished with age. You’ll increase the percentage of fat in your body if you don’t do anything to replace the lean muscle you lose over time. It’s easier to succeed in gaining muscle mass than you might think (read this article).

7. Avoid procrastination

This one behavior affects many aspects of our life including physical and mental stress. Our daily to-do list and chores affect how we spend our time daily. When we get into the cycle of things to do list/deadlines, we lost track of what is it that is important and what is not. This “new” things-to-do list can make your life less stressful.

8. Take more walks.

Walking every day is one of the easiest and healthiest things you can do for your body. It costs nothing to take a walk. You can do it anywhere, during any season and in any weather. This guide will provide essentials to get you started with a walking program – benefits, essentials tools, and gears for walking, safety recommendation, and tracking progress tools. To learn about some ideas to be physically active while social distancing, read this.

9. Go to bed early, wake up early

Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man, healthy, wealthy and wise.

Your man Mr. Benjamin Franklin

Sleep is absolutely essential to our health, and when you turn in early and wake up early, it’s incredibly beneficial. Poor sleep is associated with a greater risk of depression and anxiety, impaired memory, reduced immune system functioning, and weight gain. Here are some tips to improve your sleep.

10. Get a healthy mindset

None of these New Year’s resolutions for health and wellness are beneficial unless you have a healthy mindset.

When you live in tandem with your spirit, appreciating all of life and what you have, you discover more joy and kindness in the world. Miracles happen everywhere all the time, but only those who follow the Law of Gratitude seem to notice them.

Here is how one can relax your mind and stop worrying.

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