Celebrate the new year by celebrating you! After all, most people wish others a healthy and happy new year. The new year brings opportunities to make new resolutions and fresh starts. The idea of a "clean slate" tends to get our motivational gears in motion, revving up our engines to embark on annual resolutions that we enthusiastically put into play come January 1st. But we all have been guilty of setting the bar high, only to fall off the wagon a few weeks (or days) in. Starting crazy diets, quitting alcohol, or promising to hit the gym five days a week may sound like the right resolutions, but even good intentions fall flat. Only an estimated 9% of Americans who make New Year’s resolutions are successful in keeping them. That means the other 92% are failing to achieve attainable goals.
What if you change things up a bit this year and nix the grand gestures? Don't make promises you can't keep, and don't feel guilt. Sometimes, the little things we may take for granted can help your new year bring life-changing results that make a big difference. Things like creating new habits or routines will motivate and prepare you to take on the day, all 365 of them.
10 Healthy Habits to Start This New Year
- Be Realistic. Goal setting should be attainable. It's better to make realistic resolutions for yourself, so you can actually achieve them. You can always do more but set the bar at a practical pace. Start by writing down your resolutions and then review them daily to track your progress.
- Workout to Feel Good, Not Thin. Fitness and exercise should fuel your body with power to keep your blood flowing, and mind focused. Instead of obsessing over the scale, obsess over how amazing you feel since you became more active. In fact, try not to weigh yourself; numbers don't mean much.
- Make Sleep a Priority. We can't say this enough. Healthy adults need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep per night to keep us functioning. Over one-third of American adults are not getting enough sleep, with an average of 6.5 hours per night. Sleep is essential at any age, as it powers the mind, restores the body, and supports virtually every organ. Lack of sleep can cause delirium and exhaustion, but it can also lead to more severe health conditions, including obesity, risk of diabetes, and hypertension. Now is the time to reset the clock and return to a healthy sleep schedule. Pick a time that works for you, and try to go to bed at the same time each night. Adding a melatonin gummy to your bedtime routine can also help you to achieve your zzzs. This habit will help your mind and body get "ready for bed," which will help with good sleep hygiene.
- Drink More H20. Staying hydrated may not seem like a new year's resolution, but you would be surprised at how many of us don't drink enough water. Try marking certain points throughout your day with a glass of water to ensure you get at least the minimal amount of H2O your body needs. For instance, have a glass of water as soon as you wake up, before and after each meal, and one more before bedtime—there are 8 glasses right there! Easy, peasy.
- Commit to a Skincare Routine. This one might take a little extra effort, but sticking to a skincare routine can benefit you now and later. Not only is it a great way to start and end your day feeling refreshed, but the right products and health supplements can leave your skin glowing and help your skin age more gracefully.
- Find a Fitness Bestie. Everyone has lofty gym ideas at the start of a new year. One of the best ways to achieve fitness goals is to exercise with a partner or in a group. Besides making a workout more fun and interactive, having a buddy to keep you accountable on days when you feel like slacking can be a huge help. Plus, you'll be less likely to hit the snooze button when your fitness friend is counting on you to join them.
- Celebrate Your Wins. When establishing your resolutions, write down the reward you'll get once you achieve that goal. It's important to celebrate your wins as they will help keep you motivated. Treat yourself to a massage, a new outfit, or even a glass of wine. You deserve it!
- Implement a Technology Curfew. We're all guilty of lying in bed and scrolling through our phones late at night. Although this goal may take some effort, the start of a new year is the perfect opportunity to discipline yourself. Try setting a "curfew" to turn off all technology at least an hour before bed. It not only allows your body and mind time to wind down before sleep but forces you to spend a couple of dedicated hours for quality time with family or just yourself.
- Smile More. I know it's creepy when people say to smile more; nobody walks around smiling. But if you make it a point to smile as you walk past someone on the street, or smile at your dog, or even smile in the mirror, it becomes contagious, and you will see others smile back...even yourself.
- Start Taking Health Supplements. Adding a boost of wellness supplements to your daily routine can help your mind and body achieve all of your resolutions. Here are some must-haves every adult should take this year...and every other to come.
- Bonus Resolutions: Read a book once a month, do spring cleaning every season, volunteer, spend less time on social media, and try a new class or hobby.
3 Must-Have Supplements to Kick Start your New Year's Resolutions
- Collagen: This one will help with your skincare routine resolution. You may think that collagen is for anti-aging purposes, and while that is true, collagen offers amazing benefits at any age. Collagen is a type of protein in our body that serves as the main component of connective tissues that make up skin, tendons, ligaments, and muscles. As we age, our body's natural production of collagen declines. Consuming collagen supplements like Checkable's Glow & Grow Collagen Complex will help your body to produce more collagen naturally and slow down the aging process. When collagen is digested orally, it adds moisture and elasticity to the skin by increasing the fibroblasts that will keep you glowing throughout the year. Plus, collagen can also improve joint mobility, muscle mass, heart health, and gut health, which all help build immunity.
- Melatonin: Melatonin is a natural hormone produced by the pineal gland in the brain and is responsible for regulating your body's circadian rhythm (sleep/wake cycles) and internal clock. The amount of melatonin released in your body increases when it's dark and decreases when it's light., but as we age, the amount of melatonin we produce naturally lessons each year. Adding a melatonin supplement at bedtime will help you fall asleep and stay asleep, perfect for nights you are watching the clock tick. Checkable's Sleep Easy gummies are made with a hybrid of natural sleep aids and vitamins, including melatonin, vitamin B6, and Passiflora extract. These passion fruit-flavored gummies will help with good sleep hygiene, make you feel refreshed in the morning, and offer a slew of other benefits that go way beyond sleep.
- Apple Cider Vinegar: ACV is great for helping you reach your new year's goals. This popular home remedy has been used for centuries in cooking and homeopathic medicine. Studies have shown that Studies show that when taken regularly, the main ingredient, "acetic acid," can:
- Prevent fat deposition and improve metabolism
- Help kill germs and bacteria
- Promote good gut health and aid in digestion, bloating, and acid reflux
- Aid in weight loss
- Reduce cholesterol
- Improve heart health
- Lower blood sugar levels
- Freshen breath
- Boost energy
- Help keep vaginal pH levels balanced
- Help improve skin tone
Checkable's Apple Cider Vinegar Gummies are packed with everything needed to reap all the benefits of this healing elixir. Enjoy this all-natural digestive aid without the sour taste or harsh side effects of the liquid form.
We hope this round-up motivates you to create attainable new year's resolutions. Setting small goals with simple lifestyle adjustments can make all the difference. Don't forget to celebrate your wins and reward yourself for achievements, but don’t be hard on yourself for setbacks. A healthy life is all about balance. What are your goals this year?