Resolutions can sometimes feel like an obligation when we don’t have enough time or energy for ourselves in our lives. In this coming year, make yourself and your fitness a priority. It will be challenging at first, but your body and mind deserve it!
Healthy New Year Resolution Ideas for 2022
This list will help you figure out which resolution you can choose this year for your improved physical or mental health. Make a choice based on the most problematic area in your life regarding health that you need to fix first.
You can work on all of these healthy new year resolution ideas, but that can be overwhelming, in case you’re a newbie. As a result, you will give up fast and see no results anyway. So, I advise you to start by choosing any five ideas first and work on these for a few months. Once you achieve them, pick any other five and work on those.
Following is the list of healthy new year resolutions ideas for you:
#1 – Go for a walk daily.
Thinking you can’t walk your way to fitness? Think again. Get started today with a simple brisk walk for the great rewards of walking.
Whether it is faster than an average pace or a shorter amount of time, there are so many ways this one activity will help improve every part of life: physical health (heart), mental attitude/energy levels, and appearance too- especially weight loss.
You bet! A daily walk can help you live a healthier life. Also, the faster, farther, and more frequently, the better optimal health benefits like burning calories while increasing endurance.
#2 – Limit your screen time.
Technology is a blessing, but overconsumption of even water can be harmful to your body. So, it’s always good practice to take some time away from your phones and gadgets, especially while you’re at home or with family. It would be best if you disabled your tech and cellular abilities on social media platforms so that you can avoid distractions during personal time.
#3 – Practice 15 minutes of meditation daily.
Meditation has helped me to calm my mind and think clearly. I used to be bad at meditating, but it started getting more manageable for me after the first week of practice.
All this is because meditation helps you learn how to keep negative thoughts away from taking over your day-to-day life. How? – Well, by teaching you some coping strategies in order not to allow those emotions to rise when they arise during a session or even just throughout each momentary break between thoughts while living among this chaotic world outside.
#4 – Stretch for 15 minutes daily.
You know when you’re so tired that even moving a muscle feels like too much work? – Well, this is the perfect way to get back into shape. A stretching routine will increase your range of motion and coordination while decreasing injury risk by keeping muscles strong. Plus, mindfully moving our bodies through breath workouts can help us feel recharged no matter how spent we may be feeling beforehand.
#5 – Cook homemade and fresh.
If you’re looking for a healthier way to eat, cooking your meals is the perfect solution. Preparing food, yourself and serving it up fresh each day or week (meal prep in advance) has been proven time after again as one of many ways people can achieve their health goals faster.
You can ensure that the ingredients are fresh and healthy by cooking your meals at home. This will help make everyone in your family feel healthy and nutrient-enriched with what they eat.
#6 – Exercise for a minimum of 30 minutes every day.
There’s a common misconception that 30 minutes of exercise is not enough to achieve any desired result.
But, whether you’re trying to lose weight, build muscle mass, or maintain your current fitness level – the right amount of calories burned can be precisely achieved in just a ⅓ hour, claimed by the American Heart Association. The secret factors come down to frequency, intensity, amount of focus, and the type of workout performed.
#7 – Quit addictive injurious habits.
Addiction is a chronic, relapsing disorder characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use despite adverse consequences. This means that people with addiction have changed their brain circuits so much that they can’t control themselves.
So, how can you control things around you if you are not in your control? – Hence, it’s best to try and practice being sober in terms of alcohol, tobacco, or drugs addiction.
#8 – Take part in a marathon this year
Whether you are a beginner or an experienced runner, training for 26.2 miles will help increase your endurance and make it easier to run longer distances in the future. It can also improve other aspects of health like heart function by strengthening muscles throughout our body while improving circulation at rest time too – all this leads toward feeling better both physically and mentally (such as experiencing less stress). So, why not try a new athletic activity!
#9 – Eat less processed food.
Processed foods may include lots of additives—and most are not suitable for you. You should steer clear from those that contain artificial ingredients, high amounts of sugar or syrup, and refined carbohydrates like white flour.
Eating more artificially processed food can hurt your natural hormone balance, making you more prone to lifestyle diseases like – PCOD, PCOS, diabetes, and Thyroid. So, it’s better to read your labels and eat processed foods as little as possible.
#10 – Drink 3 liters of water daily.
The benefits of drinking water daily are numerous and varied. Hydration can help you maintain good bowel movements, prevent kidney stones from forming in your system (or at least alleviate their pain), reduce the frequency or severity of headaches that often come with them as well as improve moods.
Water will flush out toxins, plus it will cleanse our bodies entirely, so we feel better inside and outside – I know it’s pretty impressive.
Also, maintaining proper fluid levels is essential for mental clarity and physical performance enhancement. Three liters per day may seem like A LOT at first, but it’ll be worth every sip when considering all these health benefits.
#11 – Perform 15 minutes of HIIT three times a week.
No matter what you do or do not do in terms of exercise. This is extremely important to improve your heart health, increase fat loss and strengthen muscles. HIIT is more effective for your heart health than more prolonged stretches of moderate-intensity weight training or mat workout that can take up to an hour for most people.
Plus, studies show that a quick HIIT workout improves cardio fitness nearly twice as much among people suffering from cardiovascular disease.
#12 – Quit using gadgets 1 hour before sleeping.
Before bedtime, using a cell phone may make it harder to fall asleep and wake up the next day. The blue light from your device prevents melatonin production, which controls sleep-wake cycles (circadian rhythm). So, for deep and healthy sleep, make sure you occupy yourself with something that does not involve gadgets an hour before bedtime.
#13 – Eat more plant-based foods.
Plant-based diet can help you live a healthier, more fulfilling life. It improves the health of your gut so that nutrients from food are better absorbed, also support your immune system and reduce any digestive inflammation, while fiber lowers cholesterol levels as well. Plus, high dietary fiber also helps with bowel management making it great for good digestion both inside (and out).
#14 – Eat less meat-based foods.
It’s no secret that meat is not the healthiest option for your diet because it contains high saturated fats and cholesterol. Also, processed meats have high sodium, leading to hypertension or kidney disease down the line. In addition, in research studies, eating red meat has been found time after time as being linked with increased risk of death from heart problems like stroke or diabetes — surely this means cutting back on all those meaty hamburgers would be beneficial; for your heart!
#15 – Schedule frequent doctor visits.
With regular monitoring, you’ll always stay on top of your healthcare. You won’t have to worry about vaccinations and screening tests like mammography or colonoscopies because this system will catch them early, saving money for treatments that could otherwise become severe conditions if left untreated. So, make sure you take a regular complete body checkup at least twice or thrice this year.
#16 – Read five books on health and wellness this year.
Reading more about human health and mental wellbeing will help you learn about your body and how everything works. Plus, it will help you build a cognitive ability to solve fundamental healthy lifestyle problems in your life.
#17 – Plan three trekking trips this year.
If you want to plan an outdoor trip this year, hiking is an excellent activity if you wish to have your body, mind, and spirit restored. It’s been shown to reduce blood pressure by 10 points and balance your cholesterol levels, which helps prevent heart disease or stroke very easily.
#18 – Learn five advanced yoga poses this year.
Yoga is a mind-body practice that can improve balance, flexibility, and strength. So, this year must build up some physical and mental strength to perform yoga asanas like Sirsasana, Pincha Mayurasana, or Bakasana.
#19 – Learn to cook a new healthy recipe every month.
Cooking will help you understand the basics of healthy meal planning and be creative with boring ingredients. So, you must experiment with new healthy recipes every month in your kitchen this year and share these with your family.
#20 – Compliment yourself and the people around you daily.
Compliments are a great way to show appreciation for the good in others and ourselves. Plus, it provides us with a positive outlook towards life. So, being more grateful is always a bonus for your mental wellbeing!
#21 – Educate three people about a healthy lifestyle.
If you share your knowledge, it will always come back to you in 10 folds. So, by believing in this fact, make sure whatever so learn – you spread in the world. This will create more awareness in society towards healthy living and people with respect for you for educating them.
#22 – Maintain a health and fitness tracker journal.
Now, this one is essential, and make sure not to skip this. Write your fitness goals down and keep a close check on them via this tracking journal. Please keep a record of this when you did them, overdone, or skipped them. This will help you keep track of your progress and help you observe possible loopholes while you’re busy executing your healthy new year resolution ideas for 2022.
The Bottom Line
Getting started is the most challenging part, and you have conquered it already. I’m glad that you are here to read this blog post because that means you are here to make an effort towards getting better.
So, what are you waiting for!? – Go and start implementing any five of the ideas mentioned above, pursue them with hardcore dedication and perseverance.
Just remember – if there were ever something worth fighting tooth-and-nail over, then surely it’s your physical and mental health. No matter how busy things get (or even if they never change), YOU MATTER MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE….so don’t neglect your needs, either physical or mental.
Keep going, you got this, and you will achieve all your goals!
All the best for your new year’s resolutions, and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!