New year, new you? This time of year, it’s hard to escape the new years resolution trap. But did you know that each year, only about 8% of people stick to their resolution? As a private practice dietitian, I think a big reason for that is because most people set punishing resolutions, committing to giving up things they love, or exercise routines that are impossible to keep up with.
If you really want to make permanent changes in the new year, think about positive New Year’s Resolutions – health promoting habits you can add to your life. When you focus on doing something simple and enjoyable, it’s easy to create a new habit. Here’s six examples of positive New Year’s resolutions that will actually stick:
Find a workout you enjoy
Instead of picking a workout based on what burns the most calories, think about what kind of exercise (or movement, as I like to call it) you actually enjoy. Shift your mindset to think about the other more important benefits of working out – stress relief, feeling stronger, cardiovascular health, and flexibility, to name a few. Studies show if you’re not enjoying your workout, you’re not getting as much benefit from it. This new year, give yourself the freedom to try different types of movement and discover what’s fun for you. Consider less intense kinds of exercise, like yoga or walking. Or, look beyond the gym and try running or going for a bike ride outside. Remember, there’s no right way to exercise, just what’s right for YOU!
Get in the kitchen more often
You don’t have to be an expert to learn how to whip up simple, tasty dishes that also make you feel good. Cooking at home helps you save money, get creative, and make healthier, more exciting meals. If you’re new to cooking, check out some of the Luvo hacks that use Luvo frozen meals as a starter, like this Hawaiian Un-Fried Rice with Shrimp and Edamame or Roasted Cauliflower Mac and Cheese Tomato Salad. Looking for more inspiration? Download Luvo’s ebook for more nutritious ideas.
Try a new recipe each week
Are you relying on the same recipes week after week? Remember, variety is the spice of life, and eating a wide variety of foods is an important component of good nutrition. Invest in a new cookbook, or check out a new blogger for inspiration. Pick out a new recipe each week that you’re excited to try – it may become a family favorite!
Allow yourself to eat foods you enjoy
Instead of going into the new year with intentions of giving up all your favorite foods, make a resolution to honor your cravings and eat the foods you love! It may seem counterintuitive, but allowing yourself to eat favorite foods, even if they’re not “healthy,” is actually better for you in the long run. That’s because setting a food as off-limits makes it more tempting, and you’ll eat a lot more of it when you finally break down.
Develop better self care practices
Do you have a routine for self care? Why not make it a resolution to take better care of yourself, not by dieting or punishing yourself at the gym, but by taking care of your mind and spirit. Afterall, stress, sleep, and social connection play a bigger role in health than food and fitness. Make a resolution to take time to de-stress, maybe with a relaxing bath or meditation practice. Try turning off the TV before bed and reading instead, so you can get a better night of sleep. Make plans to catch up with an old friend who lifts you up and supports you.
Pack a lunch for work
Catching yourself falling into a rut of greasy takeout for lunch that puts you into a food coma all afternoon? When hunger strikes and you don’t have food available, or much time for a break, it’s hard to make a healthy food choice. Instead, start packing enjoyable lunches that leave you feeling energized and ready to take on the afternoon. Think about bringing leftovers, or let Luvo do the work for you! You can even order your favorites online so you always have a grab and go lunch ready.
What positive resolution are you making this year? Let us know in the comments below! Plus, don’t forget to unlock a coupon to use on your next Luvo purchase and sign-up for Luvo’s newsletter for more nutritious recipes and exclusive giveaways