Looking for a New Year’s resolution that will help improve your health? Here are three simple ideas for resolutions to make 2018 your healthiest year yet!
1) Rethink Your Drink
It’s recommended that you drink 64oz (about 8 cups) of water each day. Try to increase your intake of water and cut back on soda, juice, and other sugar-sweetened beverages. Sugary drinks tend to add a lot of calories but provide very little in the way of nutrition! Not drinking enough water can lead to headaches, difficulty concentrating, constipation, and even bad moods. If you don’t like water plain, try adding lemon, lime, or cucumber as flavoring.
2) Get Moving
Everyone should aim to exercise at least 30 minutes per day, 5 days per week. If you’re trying to lose weight the recommendation is twice that amount! In addition to promoting a healthy weight, exercise improves mood, energy levels, and reduces your risk of chronic disease. Whether you prefer to play sports with friends, hit the gym, or go for a brisk walk, any type of exercise will benefit your body. Not big into exercise right now? Start small then gradually work your way up to the goal—every little bit counts!
3) Add Color
Colorful fruits and vegetables are packed full of fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. They’re also low in calories but still give you that full feeling, which can help you lose weight. Aim for a minimum of 3 servings of vegetables and 2 servings of fruits daily. To maximize the benefit, try to eat a variety of colors each day. Vegetables taste great in soups, salads, pasta, stir-fried, on pizza and even on their own. Fruit makes a great snack or topping for your favorite breakfast food. So get creative and eat the rainbow!
Christina LiPuma, RDN, LDN
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