Three-quarters of people making resolutions stick to them for a week, but less than half are firmly resolved six months later. It’s difficult to keep up the healthy enthusiasm in the long months after you've eaten the last of the holiday baking, but it is possible. This year, pick JUST ONE of the following five healthy resolutions, and stay with it. 

  1. Forget about losing weight. The fact that this is one of the most common resolutions shows just how difficult it is to commit to. But you will succeed simply as a “side effect” if you focus instead on taking steps to get healthier and making a commitment to feel more energy. How? By cutting out foods that drain your energy and sap health (processed carbs and sugar) and adding pep to your step (by doing some form of physical activity every day). 
  1. Spend money. Your efforts to save costs may be self-defeating. If you decide to save money by making healthy lifestyle changes like walking or riding a bike more, but won’t invest in quality walking shoes or a bicycle that you feel comfortable on, you won’t stick to the goal. If you try to save money by cutting back on your gym membership and exercising at home, but you can’t get motivated as often on your own, you’ll be increasing your health bills long-term. 
  1. Don’t kill yourself to get rid of pain. Painkillers may provide quick relief, but you may not know the risks, especially if you take them regularly. Catch yourself the next time you reach for a NSAID (Advil, Motrin) and rethink it: is the pain really bad enough that you couldn’t consider a natural herbal alternative, or even relax and wait it out if it’s just a tension headache? Side effects including increased blood pressure, digestive issues and even kidney damage may not be worth it. 
  1. Get younger, not older. Start every meal with a fruit or vegetable and a tall glass of water. Loading up on the antioxidants in fruits and veggies will make you look and feel more youthful, vibrant and recharged. Don’t forget that everyday vitamins like C are powerful anti-agers for skin, joints and organ health. And water is the most vital addition to keep every part of the body youthful. 
  1. Sleep it off. Hit the sack 15 minutes earlier each night to make sure you're getting enough sleep. Irregular sleep patterns and not getting enough sleep are linked to everything from obesity to heart disease, and even more often, irritability, unproductivity and cravings. Sleep requirements are said to be 50 percent habit and 50 percent fatigue; you need at least seven to eight hours – try it for a week to get your body used to the new habit.

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