New Year, More Vibrant You! Tips to Start the New Year Off Right
Every year we think about how we can ring in the new year with a bang and make positive changes for the year to come. Each new year brings opportunities to make new resolutions, make fresh starts, and find ways to better ourselves.
And 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. And while starting diets or promising to hit the gym five days a week may sound like good resolutions, even good intentions often fall flat.
So, what if you change things up a bit this year and nix the grand resolutions?
Sometimes, even small steps can help your new year bring life-changing results and make a big difference. Things like creating new habits or routines will prepare you to take on each day — all 365 of them.
8 Healthy Habits to Start the New Year Off Right
1. 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.
2. Sleep is Your Best Friend.
We can’t say this enough. Healthy adults need between seven to nine hours of sleep per night to keep us functioning. More than one-third of American adults are not getting enough sleep, with an average of 6.5 hours per night.
And sleep is essential at any age, because 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 get back to a healthy sleep schedule.
Pick a time that works for you and try to go to bed at the same time each night. This routine will help your mind and body get “ready for bed,” which will help with good sleep hygiene.
3. Drink More Water.
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’re getting 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’s eight glasses right there! Easy, peasy.
4. 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.
And 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.
5. Find a Fitness Buddy.
Everyone has lofty gym goals at the start of a new year. And one of the best ways to achieve those fitness goals is to exercise with a partner, or in a group.
Besides making a workout more fun and interactive, having a buddy can keep you accountable on days when you feel like slacking. You’ll be less likely to hit the snooze button when your fitness friend is counting on you to join them.
6. Reward Yourself.
When establishing your resolutions, write down the reward you’ll get once you achieve that goal.
It’s important to celebrate your wins, this will help keep you motivated. Treat yourself to a massage, a new outfit, or even a glass of wine. You deserve it!
7. 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. This allows your body and mind time to wind down before sleep. And also forces you to spend some quality time with family, or just yourself.
8. 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 each year to come.
3 Must-Have Supplements to Kick Start your New Year’s Resolutions
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.
It’s 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 all through the year. Plus, collagen can also improve joint mobility, muscle mass, heart health, and gut health, which all help build immunity.
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. We love Checkable’s passion fruit-flavored sleep-well gummies. Made with a hybrid of natural sleep aids and vitamins, including melatonin, vitamin B6, and natural Passiflora extract, these gummies will help with good sleep hygiene and have many other benefits 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
We recommend Checkable’s Apple Cider Vinegar Gummies, 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 roundup will get you motivated to create attainable New Year’s resolutions.
Setting small goals with simple lifestyle adjustments can make all the difference. Reward yourself for achievements, but don’t be hard on yourself for setbacks. A healthy life is all about balance.
What goals do you have to start the New Year off right? Let us know in the comments below!
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Author: Ali Kessler