3 Healthy, Diet-Free Resolutions for New Year

by Cathy Miller on December 31, 2013

in Health and Wellness

No DietDiet is a four-lettered word associated with the start of a new year.

Our gastronomical holiday slide has many of us resolving to shed those added pounds.

If you are like most people, dieting falls off track with the packing of holiday lights.

  • Try something new
  • Do not add diet to your list of resolutions

Instead, substitute these simple alternatives.

1. Walk More

We all have different motivators. So, instead of preaching – walk 10,000 steps – you decide what more is.

  • Buy a pedometer (or download an app), gradually increase walking
  • Park your car in the back of the parking lot
  • Take over dog-walking responsibilities
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator
  • Walk 30 minutes (15, 20, 60) a day
  • Sign up for a charity walking event

We often fail when we make our target too big. Start small and build until your walking becomes a habit.

I lost weight for good (I hope) when I stopped thinking of my daily walks as training for the 3-Day Walk for the Cure, but rather a healthy choice I enjoy.

2. Drink More Water

Are you catching the more theme?

If you hate water, sip your way to more.

For me, this is not a difficult task. I love water. I prefer it over soft drinks, tea, but okay, not wine. I am human.

Again, define more for you. The following are a few ideas.

  • Ask for a glass of water when you eat out
  • Put a container of water on your desk
  • Substitute water for one of your typical drinks

For example on that last point, if you drink 4 cans of soda daily (or pop as we called it in my world), try drinking only 3 with your 4th drink being water.

If you are someone who likes a guide, this U.S. News article suggests calculating your minimum intake in the following manner.

  • Divide your body weight in half
  • That figure is the minimum needed for a sedentary lifestyle

However, since you are stepping up to number 1 on our list, you will need to add more water.

3. Get More Sleep

I know. Easier said than done.

If you need more motivation, several studies suggest the lack of sleep affects our ability to lose weight.

If that isn’t a kick in the pants – sleep-deprived and stubborn pounds that hang around.

The following ideas are certainly not new, but perhaps you will see yourself in one (or more) of them.

  • Exercise early – Try to schedule the end of your workout at least two hours before bedtime. I know. Damned if you do. Damned if you don’t.
  • Food and alcohol – Sounds like a lovely evening out (with a designated driver), but a heavy meal or alcohol does not make for a peaceful night’s sleep. Again, refrain at least a few hours before bedtime.
  • Digital distress – It is not a good idea to snuggle up with your smartphone or other digital devices. Researchers believe the light from our devices disrupt sleep.

There you have it – simple, diet-free resolutions that may jumpstart a happy, healthy New Year for you.

  1. Walk more
  2. Drink more water
  3. Get more sleep

A happy, healthy New Year is my wish for all of you. Thank you for your support, and see you next year.

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Notice of Disclaimer –Cathy Miller is not an attorney or health care provider and cannot provide legal or health care advice. The information provided is for your general background only, and is not intended to constitute legal or health care advice as to your specific circumstances. We recommend you review legislation with legal counsel and visit your physician for health care issues.

 

 

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