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Health Resolution

Health Resolutions 2014 ! Anyone?

It’s that time of the year again! 

Have you listed down your New Year resolutions? Many of us get tired of making resolutions altogether. Reason being, we were usually unable to live up to what we mentioned in our resolution list. Well, for those who made a list last year, take a good look at it now and ask yourself: How many points have you achieved so far for the whole year?

The thing about making resolutions for yourself is that you want to achieve it by the end of the year, isn’t it? People usually put very high hopes and high expectations on themselves, and hence tend to make some resolutions that are sometimes considered not realistic and impossible. Our advice to you is to make reasonable goals that are achievable and always have an action plan for your resolutions. Actions speak louder than words, no?

Anyhow, we have a better idea. Health is the greatest wealth we could ever get on earth. Why not make a health resolution list for a change? After years of slacking, we believe you want to put your health back on track and maintain a healthy lifestyle, don’t you?

Here are a few examples and tips on setting health resolutions in order for you to achieve a healthy 2013.

Wake up early

We understand that most of you will have to wake up early during the weekdays for work or school but prefer to sleep longer during the weekends. Why not practice waking up early during the weekends as well? Your day will feel longer and you will have more time for yourself during the weekends. Just remember to get 8 hours of sleep and that will be sufficient for your health.  

Take breakfast every morning

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. However, many tend to skip breakfast to lose weight. Skipping breakfast is a definite failed approach to weight loss. On the other hand, some of you skip breakfast due to lack of time as you’re rushing for work or school. Practice waking up early and you will have time to have a good breakfast. If you’re too lazy to prepare breakfast or there’s no one who can do it for you, have a power breakfast instead. By consuming plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables and juices, it helps to refresh your body and increase your energy for a good start of the day. Stay away from oily or heavy food, please!

8 glasses of water daily

It is common knowledge that we need to drink 8 glasses of water every day. But have you been doing it? The accurate amount of water you need to take should be eight to ten 8-ounce glasses of water per day which is equivalent to 2 quarts or 1.8 litres of water. Having sufficient intake of water helps to cleanse away toxins from your body, keeps your mind sharp and prevents dehydration. By replacing all other beverage consumption with water, you can also reduce your calorie intake and control your weight!

Be active

All you need to do is stay on the go. If you’re working on the 3rd floor of the building, climb the staircase instead of waiting for the elevator. If you’re going to have lunch 2 blocks away, walk to the restaurant instead of driving there. You can keep yourself fit and also save some time that you might use finding a parking lot. By moving a lot, you will feel more activated and energized instead of falling into the lazy mode.

Stress management

Make an effort to slot in a stress management program for yourself. How to begin? You may try by having 5 minutes deep breathing exercises every morning and at night before going to bed. Also, take yoga or Pilates classes twice a week after work or you can do some stretching in front of the TV to increase your flexibility. If something is bothering you, do find someone to speak your heart out instead of bottling up everything in yourself all the time. Everyone has different ways of releasing stress, so, find your way and work it out. Feeling good about your life is vital to a healthy state of mind and body.

Lend a helping hand

You have a healthy body and a happy life; why not lend a helping hand to others who don’t? Be a volunteer during one of your weekends at an orphanage or old folks' home. What about doing a blood donation? You’re not just helping someone out there but also doing a good deed. On the other hand, you can even join the volunteer force at SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) to help the unfortunate animals. Still not too sure what to do? Let’s just start with helping your mother to do house chores at home! 

Stay away from drugs, alcohol and cigarettes

You should have heard this too many times now. Refrain from experimenting with drugs, drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes. These activities are extremely addictive. Once you start, it takes lots of motivation and endurance to quit. You even know there’s a huge consequence to pay for this action. So why start it in the first place? Drinking, smoking and drugs was never the “in” thing to do. Stay away!

There are many more health resolutions that you can make for yourself to achieve a healthy lifestyle throughout the year but please bear in mind, do not overdo your resolutions and end up making it difficult for yourself. Enforcing strict rules to achieve your health resolutions does not help but will only end up making your plans backfire.

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