12 New Year's Resolutions for 2019
And we’ve once again come to the end of another year! Time sure seems to fly when you’re having fun.
With 2019 on the horizon, many of us are starting to think about our goals for the coming year. Sadly, New Year’s Resolutions often come with a bit of a negative connotation, simply because they seem to be so difficult to actually follow through on. But setting realistic, exciting new goals about the changes we’re passionate about doesn’t have to be a bad thing! Even just choosing something that requires a small change to get you started can be great motivation towards a better version of you.
Seeing as health and wellness are often the focal points of many New Year’s Resolutions, and seeing as we love to help you reach your wellness goals, we’ve put together 12 health-related resolutions for you to choose from! If you’re struggling to find a resolution that will be good for you, you’ve come to the right place.
#1. Meditate for at Least One Hour Every Week
Meditation and mindfulness can do wonders for mental health. By setting aside even an hour of your week to spend just sitting quietly on your own, you can destress, reset and further get in touch with the rest of your goals. If you’re not sure where to start, here’s some helpful guided meditations for beginners.
#2. Journal Once a Week
Journaling is another great practice that allows for self-reflection and time to unwind. Many find it quite soothing to put their feelings down onto paper, or even to just let their creativity flow by making their journal more artsy. If bullet journaling is something you’re more interested in specifically, check out this blog for some tips for beginners.
#3. Cut Down on Sedentary Time by at Least a Half Hour of Every Day
This one is a huge one! Sedentary behaviour is a widespread health concern in our modern society that can lead to many issues, including poor cardiovascular health and even premature death. Standing desks, treadmill desks and active chairs can all help you integrate more movement into your day, lowering your risk of developing these health issues. Make a commitment to decrease your sedentary time by even a half hour of each day!
#4. Join a Recreational Sports Team
If you’re looking to increase your fitness in the new year, a recreational sports team can be a great solution. Not only does it get you moving, but it also can be a great way to meet new friends and develop new skills. Plus it’s a lot more fun than going to the gym by yourself, which will motivate you that much more to keep going!
#5. Cut Back on Screen-Time
Nowadays we all seem to constantly be using a screen of some kind, whether it’s a phone, computer or television. But this excess blue light can disturb our sleeping habits, and too much screen time can take away from meaningful social interaction. In 2019, make a commitment to cut back on your screen-time for at least a half hour of every day (particularly in the hours before bed) in an effort to improve your quality of sleep and spend more time with those who matter the most to you. If you need help getting started, here are some apps that can track your progress and set limitations on your devices.
#6. Learn One New Healthy Recipe Per Month
Making healthier meals can seem a bit daunting if you decide to make the change all at once. Commit to learning one new healthy recipe per month that you can then put into your regular meal planning schedule. Before you know it, you’ll be eating healthy every night! Here are some great recipes to get you started.
#7. Commit to at Least One Workout Per Week
Establishing an exercise routine can be really difficult at first. For 2019, commit to at least one workout per week to get yourself started in the right direction. Once you have a taste for exercise and see how it makes you feel, we promise you’ll want more.
#8. Try Different Types of Exercise
Sometimes doing the same workout every time can get a bit boring. Make a list of all of the different types of exercise you’ve always wanted to try (i.e. a yoga class, playing tennis, going for a bike ride, a spin class, kickboxing, etc…). Throughout the year, try each item on your list at least once! This will keep your exercise routine interesting and will also help you find something that you really enjoy to continue in the future.
#9. Run in an Event
Sign up to run for a cause! There are tons of running events across Canada that help to raise money for important causes. Sign up for a local run that will motivate you to train, add some movement into your days AND make a real difference. Check out Race Guide to help you find an event in your city!
#10. Give Yourself a Compliment at Least Once a Day
Self-affirmation can do wonders. Spend a moment every morning to give yourself a compliment out loud and start your day off feeling confident. If you need help remembering, write a reminder on your mirror or somewhere prominent that you’ll see in the morning.
#11. Drink More Water
Water is the essence of life, and we know that the majority of people don’t drink enough of it! Buy yourself a nice water bottle and take it with you wherever you go to remind yourself to keep drinking.
#12. Stretch Every Day
Last but not least, commit to stretching every day! Stretching can greatly improve your flexibility and engage important muscles. By allotting even five minutes before bed each day, you’ll be feeling nice and limber in no time.