Are you kicking yourself for not achieving your 2017 New Year’s resolutions? You’re not the only one: Only 8 percent of people achieve their New Year’s resolutions, according to Forbes. Thankfully, 2018 is just around the corner, affording you another opportunity to accomplish your health goals.
Getting healthy was the most popular 2017 resolution, according to NBC News. If you’re like many others and want to improve your health, here are three resolutions we are sure you can achieve in 2018:
The negative impacts smoking has on our health are well known. Smoking can cause lung cancer, emphysema, bronchitis, and other chronic conditions. It’s no surprise that so many smokers resolve to end their habit.
Quitting smoking can be tough but highly rewarding, especially when you start to see all the benefits that arise from giving up the habit. If you want to stop smoking, a great resource is SmokeFree.gov, which was created by the Tobacco Council Research Branch of the National Cancer Institute. SmokeFree.gov lays out ways to prepare to quit:
- Knowing why you’re quitting
- Learning how to handle triggers and cravings
- Finding ways to handle nicotine withdrawal
By preparing yourself to quit smoking, you’ll be much more likely to succeed.
Eat more fruits and vegetables
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Pennsylvania adults on average eat only 1.5 fruit and vegetable servings per day. This is less than the four servings recommended by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Dietary Guidelines.
Fruits and vegetables can be as delicious as any other snack. You just have to think about them a bit differently. The USDA’s ChooseMyPlate.gov initiative to improve Americans’ eating habits offers a number of ways you can add fruits and vegetables to your diet. The website recommends you:
- Discover faster ways to cook by preparing fresh or frozen vegetables in the microwave
- Focus on eating whole fruits, such as strawberries, watermelons, and apples
- Vary the fruits and vegetables you eat on a daily basis
Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables will improve your health. They are loaded with antioxidants, fibers, and minerals.
Get more sleep
How much sleep do you get per night? You should be sleeping at least seven to eight hours, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Sleep deprivation has negative consequences, including high blood pressure, weakened immunity, and increased risk of diabetes and heart disease.
If you’re feeling tired after 2017, make it a point to get more rest in 2018. The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) is a great resource for tips on how to improve your sleep patterns. The NSF says you should practice the following:
- Stick to a schedule of waking up and going to bed at the same times
- Avoid naps in the afternoon
- Exercise daily
Problems sleeping can indicate a larger medical issue. Consult your doctor to see if you have sleep apnea or another condition.
The new year offers an opportunity to improve your health. By taking these steps, you can achieve your resolution of a healthier lifestyle.