This is a blog post all about 24 ultimate health resolutions to add to your resolutions list this year.
So, add them to your list and have a happy and healthy new year ahead!
He who has health has hope and he who has hope has everything.
Well, this and a lot other quotes emphasize on the importance of having a healthy body and sound mind.
However, to achieve that, we must take little steps forward but with consistency.
Well, what better occasion than A BRAND NEW YEAR to get started!
With this year coming to an end and the coming of new year ahead, all of us are busy preparing our resolutions list for the brand new year.
Everybody is looking forward to achieve their goals in the coming year.
Good health and mindset being one important target for all of us.
We need to take few simple steps in order to achieve this goal.
So, making a resolution list and following it in a right manner will ensure good results in the long run.
Here are some health resolution ideas to add to your new year resolutions list this year.
It’s time to put you first!
24 health resolutions to make 2024 a happy and healthy year for you:
1. Morning Drink
The first thing you intake in the morning plays a vital role in starting your day. In order to make sure that you begin your day on a right note, starting the morning with a healthy morning drink is a smart choice.
A healthy morning drink refreshes you and hydrates your body. It also helps in boosting the metabolism.
Some of the morning drink ideas –
lemon water – a glass of warm water with lemon squeezed in it helps to detox the body
coconut water – good source of electrolytes and several essential nutrients to begin your day with
cinnamon water – consuming cinnamon water may help to balance blood sugar levels and improve hemoglobin levels of the body
turmeric water – a pinch of turmeric powder mixed with a glass of warm water will do wonders to your skin health
Meditation is an ancient practice that has been in existence from thousands of years.
It establishes a connection with the mind and the body. Therefore, practicing meditation on a regular basis will make more self-aware about your thoughts and emotions.
It helps to increase blood circulation in your brain and improves the memory power.
Meditation helps to relieve stress and anxiety issues. It improves imagination and creative thinking abilities.
Start with practicing 10-15 minute meditation sessions and increase the timespan as you get comfortable.
Breathwork is a powerful way of releasing physical and emotional blockages.
It includes conscious breathing exercises which improves oxygen absorption in the body.
Therefore, breathing exercises help in reducing stress, anxiety and other negative emotions.
Daily practice of deep breathwork will help you more ways than one.
4. Yoga / Stretching
Yoga improves strength, balance and flexibility of the body.
It includes stretching and balancing the body in different postures with conscious breathing. This further results in improving the mind-body co-ordination.
Yoga helps you with back pain and neck pain. It increases the blood flow and thus relaxes the body.
As a result. it is also beneficial to improve the body posture.
Also, practicing simple yoga poses on a regular basis will help you relieve period pain as well.
5. Cardio Exercises
Running, jumps, squats, cycling and swimming are some of the best form of cardio exercises.
These exercises are known to improve oxygen supply in your body and thus benefits the overall cardiovascular health.
Since cardio exercises reduce cholesterol, they result in fat loss.
In fact, dancing is an easy and enjoyable form of cardio exercise. It uplifts your mood also.
6. Drink more water
It is a well-known fact that drinking enough water brings you uncountable health benefits.
But for some it might be a task to drink just as enough water throughout the day.
Thus, increase your water intake by consuming healthy juices, water-rich fruits and vegetables. This will keep you hydrated for a longer time.
Infused water is another delicious way to ensure your water intake fir the day.
Take a jar of water, fill it with some fruit slices of your choice with a pinch of salt and sip it throughout the day.
This will help you detox the body and improve your skin health.
7. Nourishing diet
An ideal diet includes all the vitamins, minerals and nutrients that are necessary for a healthy body.
Our daily diet must include various nutrient-rich fruits, vegetables, grains and cereals.
Fruits and vegetables are good sources of dietary fiber.
Dietary fibers are helpful in maintaining a healthy digestive system.
As a result, it prevents digestive problems such as constipation and diarrhea.
Your diet must include whole grains and cereals as they are an excellent source of carbohydrates – the body’s main fuel.
Protein-rich food items are vital in a diet that nourishes you fully.
Food items such as eggs, almond. soyabean, milk, cottage cheese and yogurt are rich sources of protein.
A small dose of seeds and nuts is also recommended as a source of healthy fats.
8. Home-cooked meals
Food is the fuel to our body. Making sure that this fuel is clean and simple should be our prime concern.
Home-cooked meal is the best way to ensure our food concerns.
Homemade food is safe and prepared using simple steps which keeps the nutritional values intact.
Try to eat at least one home-cooked meal a day.
9. Mindful Eating
Adopting the practice of mindful eating improves your relationship with food.
Mindful eating habits include eating your food without any distractions and being present in the eating experience.
All your senses engage when you eat mindfully.
Thus, mindful eating enhances the eating experience as you notice the aroma, color, taste and texture of the food while slowly chewing the food.
It teaches us to be in the present moment. Additionally, this helps in better digestion of the food.
While eating your meals just try to be more observant and avoid any kind of distraction to enjoy your meals thoroughly.
10. Daily dose of vitamin C
Vitamin C is known to have several health benefits such as collagen production, iron absorption and lowering blood pressure.
It is a vital nutrient that helps to boost immunity of the body.
A daily dose of vitamin C is recommended for better results. It is best to be consumed from natural food products.
Citrus fruits such as Orange, Lemon, Pineapple, Strawberry and Papaya have good consist amounts of vitamin C.
Cabbage, Cauliflower, Green peas, Onion, Garlic and Chilies are good sources of vitamin , too.
Amla or Indian gooseberry is the powerhouse of vitamin C. It can also be consumed in form of juice, chutney, pickle and more.
Moreover, eating a small bowl of citrus fruits as a snack will help you fulfill your vitamin C requirements easily.
11. Gut Health
The gut plays a huge role in overall health of our body.
In fact, an unhealthy gut may lead to several health problems.
To avoid digestion related problems one needs to focus on having a ‘good gut’.
Also, good gut health simply means having a perfect balance of good bacteria and microbes in the digestive tract.
Daily intake of fiber-rich food and probiotics in proper amounts help to improve the gut health.
Yogurt, buttermilk, cheese and fermented food items such as dosa, idli and uttapam keeps a check on your probiotic intake.
Antioxidants protect the cells against free radicals, which lowers the risk of cardiovascular diseases and cancer.
It also protects the skin cells from cellular damage and inflammation.
Moreover, eating a wide variety of colorful fruits and vegetables will be of great help.
Having a glass of freshly-made beetroot, pomegranate and spinach juice is a complete package of antioxidants.
13. Microgreens and Sprouts
Microgreens are grown in soil and harvested by cutting off the stem and leaves.
Sprouts germinate in water and are eaten in whole form.
Both of these contain extremely high levels of powerful vitamins, minerals and healthy nutrients. They are said to be more nutritious than the vegetable itself.
Radish, Amaranth, Cabbage, Mustard, Parsley are some easy to grow microgreens.
Sprouts of fenugreek seeds, moong and alfalfa seeds are densely packed with nutrients and easy to germinate.
Thus, adding microgreens and sprouts to your soups, curries and salads will give you that extra crunch and taste.
14. Spice up your food!
Spices are given a special place of honor in traditional food items.
Indian spices such as turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, black pepper, cardamom, bay leaf, fennel seeds, cumin seeds have mind-blowing medicinal properties.
They help in the absorption of nutrients from the food. Spices help in easing the digestive process as they have anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.
Small amounts of spices in your food and even drinking spiced-tea will give you wonderful benefits.
15. A bowl of fruits
Regular intake of a wide variety of colorful fruits prevent vitamin deficiencies in the body.
Fruits reduce the risk of heart disease and also balances blood sugar levels.
Replace fast food snacks for a bowl of freshly cut fruits. Similarly, add them in your smoothie and oatmeal.
Also, avoid eating citrus fruits with milk. Because it might give discomfort to your stomach.
16. Consume natural sugar
Natural sugar is present in whole and unprocessed food items.
It is the safest form of sugar to consume.
Natural sugar provides stable energy and helps in metabolism.
Lactose is a natural sugar present in milk and milk-products.
Fruits also contain natural sugar in form of fructose.
Coconut sugar, honey, jaggery and stevia are natural sweeteners .
17. Maintain oral hygiene
Our teeth and oral cavity are the starting of our digestive system.
In fact, it is important to maintain oral hygiene to prevent oral infection such as tooth decay, swelling gums, etc
Brushing teeth twice a day, mouthwash after meals and cleaning the tongue thoroughly are some simple steps you can follow for good oral health.
Oil pulling is also another great practice for overall oral hygiene. It also improves the blood circulation and makes teeth stronger.
18. Head and Foot massages
Massage improves blood circulation and helps the muscles to relax.
Head massage also helps in improving concentration levels and relives stress. It helps to relax the mind and calm the anxiety.
Reflex areas of all the vital body organs are connected to the feet.
Massaging the feet helps in stimulating the release of hormones in the body.
Thus, an oil massage for both feet and head once or twice a week will help you relax and release tension.
19. Practice Self-care
Taking care of your mental, physical and emotional well-being is called as complete self-care.
Nourishing the mind and body in correct ways is necessary for your overall well-being.
Working on the skincare, haircare and fitness will feed your physical well-being and make you confident about yourself.
Further, consuming good content, reading helpful books, listening to calming music and inspirational podcasts will enhance your personality and raise your mental well-being.
Be gentle on yourself and deal with all your emotions with patience.
Moreover, positive self-talk helps too.
20. Journal your thoughts
Journaling is an interesting habit that helps you keep a check on your thought and emotions.
Further, it is helpful to understand your reactions to certain situations and make improvements when needed.
You can journal you day, start gratitude journaling- note down everything you are grateful for, noting everything you eat in day will stop from eating junk or just keep a record of your thoughts and actions.
The habit of journaling brings remarkable changes to overall personality and behavior of a person.
21. Spend time in nature
Nature is known as the greatest healer of all time.
Also, it has tremendous healing powers.
Spending few minutes among trees or just below the open sky, feeling the breeze on your bare face or taking a barefoot walk on the grass.
In fact, these little actions will keep you grounded and create a sense of belonging inside of you.
22. Cutdown the Screentime
It has become a difficult task to stay away from screens nowadays, as everything is online.
Work and entertainment, communication and relationships, everything that you can think of.
In fact all of us love to binge-watch our favorite shows and what not.
But we need to have a control our screentime for multiple reasons.
Try to cutdown your daily screen time in any small ways possible.
Thus, avoid scrolling unnecessarily for hours and hours.
Make it a rule to not see the screen while eating and prior to your sleep timings.
23. walk more!
Walking is an easy but still an effective way to keep your body active.
Moreover, it is also a convenient way of doing moderate intensity workout.
There are several health benefits of walking.
Brisk walks help in maintaining the blood pressure and sugar levels of the body.
Whereas, walking on a regular basis also improves the stamina of your body.
Thus, walk more and stay fit!
24. Get Quality Sleep
Quality sleep lowers the risk of serious health problems.
Additionally, the body heals and relaxes itself during the sleep.
So, work on getting your sleep cycle together for hassle-free days.
Also, it is recommended to sleep in a dark room for better regulated sleep cycles.
Additionally, getting good quality sleep at night helps you begin the next day with a good morning!
And you are a cheerful happy person the next day!
MAY YOU HAVE A GREAT YEAR FILLED WITH HEALTH AND HAPPINESS!
So, this was a post all about amazing health resolution ideas as well as their benefits.
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