Every year we seemingly set some New Year’s resolutions, especially with the goal of improving our health and well-being. We may succeed. But do we succeed or do we simply forget about the resolution the next week, as we did with every other healthy resolution? Let us explain: the problem is not the goals themselves, but the unrealistic standards we hold them to. Like, I will go to the gym every day, lose 5–10 kg in one or two months, or wake up at 4 a.m. every day.
Remember, we are humans and not superheroes, and we do struggle sometimes, maybe due to stress or other circumstances. Therefore, instead of making extreme goals, we have come up with some attainable New Year’s healthy resolution ideas to make 2024 your best year.
New Year’s Healthy Resolution Ideas for 2024
Walk for 15 minutes
Now, we know you will say it won’t change anything, and maybe it won’t, especially if you are longing for a magical weight loss. All you have to do is wear your workout clothes, put your shoes on, and go out for a walk for just 15 minutes every day with consistency. You can also do a walking exercise if you feel that it is freezing outside, but don’t skip it. Once this habit of changing into workout gear and heading for a walk sinks in, you will find it easier to move your body, and your brain will not overwhelm you. So promise us that in 2024 you will walk for 15 minutes every day, and we will see how it goes.
Learn how to cook
Cooking shouldn’t be a chore, and we are not asking you to become master chefs. Let’s save this title for our mothers, but one recipe a week seems like a good place to start, don’t you think? When you cook, you know what you are putting inside your body. But we’re not asking you to learn how to make noodles or pasta, though you might be able to do so with Yuvaap’s recipe section, where you can learn how to make some delicious and healthy recipes. These delicious recipes are perfect for those who run in the opposite direction after hearing the word “healthy.”
Give up cheat meals for good
Cheat meals are an overrated concept in which you eat healthy for a week and then binge on your favourite meals at the end of the week. Let’s be honest, the term “cheat” is never associated with anything healthy, and the guilt associated with those meals is not worth it. Instead, focus on developing a healthy relationship with your food. Instead of depriving yourself, prepare your own healthy version of your favorite meals and learn when to put down your spoon. Soon, you will see how you will be able to sustain your diet.
Meditate for a minute
We may have lost count of the number of times we attempted to practise the simple yet difficult art of meditation despite being aware of its numerous health benefits. When it comes to the 7 aspects of health, mental health is something that can’t be neglected. So let’s start meditating for one minute every day without fail, irrespective of finding the perfect time and place. Just for one minute, sit down, close your eyes, and focus on your breath. Slowly increase it to 5 minutes and see how it goes for you. It won’t drastically reduce your stress level, but slowly, with consistency, you will see its benefits.
Learn a new fitness activity
When it comes to health-related resolution New Year’s weight loss goals top the list. But fitness is not associated with weight loss; it is much more than that. Your health and well-being depend on it. The best way to motivate yourself is to inculcate some new workouts into your routine. Be it yoga, HIIT, or weight training. This variation in your workout keeps you motivated and also helps you get that toned body.
Do you know that when your home or your space is a mess, it can give you stress? We all have that one corner in our house or a desk that is always messy. So why not begin by cleaning that area? You will feel better after cleaning, we promise. You can also do this with your social media handles, phone, or maybe even your life and declutter them by removing unnecessary junk from them. Remember that by decluttering, you make room for good things to happen.
If you have never read a book instead of a textbook, then that is a huge goal in itself. So find a topic that interests you most, whether it is fiction, health, or spirituality. Find a good book and start with five pages daily; slowly build a habit. You don’t have to finish five books a month. Everybody has a different pace. You can also buy a Kindle or listen to an audiobook. Find what works for you.
Gratitude keeps you grounded and positive. If you find it hard to sit down and write them, maybe you can do it while brushing your teeth or having a meal. Just be thankful for all the good things that happen during the day. It may sound simple, but it will keep you positive and grounded.
Never underestimate the power of positive words. These little words mean so much when it comes to building your self-confidence and self-worth. You could possibly stick them to your mirror or work desk. Here’s what you can try.
- You look really good today
- You are doing really well
- You nailed that task/workout or—
Define what goals mean for you
Goals are different for everyone. For someone it is weight loss, for some, it is mental well-being and for some finding new expertise. Instead of making them a trophy why not divide them and define them every day like walking every day, exercising 3 times a week, or taking a step towards your expertise. When you revise and define your goals each day then those big goals seem achievable.
In addition to that, do not crunch yourself too hard. Live and laugh your heart out, give your phone a day off and spend time with your loved ones. So go for a health-related resolution that is attainable for you and doesn’t burn you out. Happy 2024 to you.