5 Health Tips and Habits for the New Year

You know the drill—the New Year means everyone and their mother is suddenly focused on their health. Weight loss ads and exercise promos get old fast, but there is some validity to using the New Year as inspiration to develop healthy habits. We’re here to help you cut through the New Year’s noise and teach you habits you can stick to year-round.

Read on for five health tips for the New Year.

#1 Slow and Steady Wins the Race

You’re going to run into a lot of diet “advice” as the New Year approaches. If a product or diet plan promises you’ll “lose weight fast” or “drop ten pounds in one week,” you should probably run in the other direction. There’s no such thing as a magic bullet when it comes to your diet, and the only way to get healthier is to make consistent mindful choices.

#2 More, Not Less

If you’re trying to eat healthier, it’s important to remember that it’s a lot easier (and more effective) to add healthy foods than eliminate unhealthy ones (especially the ones you like). It’s not realistic for most people to give up carbs forever, but it is possible to make moderate changes like:

  • Including a fruit or vegetable in every meal, even if that just means cutting up a plate of raw veggies with dinner
  • Stocking up on nutritious, filling snacks to prevent unhealthy overeating and midnight snacking, especially of the potato-chips-variety
  • Choosing whole grains when possible (for ingredients like bread, rice, and pasta; don’t worry, you can still enjoy your birthday cake!)

#3 Slowing Down is Good for Your Mental Health

It’s (almost) 2021, and we live in a hyper-productive culture of “go go go.” Passionately pursuing your dreams is always admirable, but sometimes you need to opt for the “slow, slow, slow” approach instead. Taking time for yourself will do wonders for your health and reignite your drive when you return from a much-needed mental break.

We recommend establishing a nighttime routine that will help you slow down and wind down. You can do this by:

#4 Foster Positive Relationships

Want a piece of health advice you won’t hear very often? Spending time with friends and family is a healthy habit!

Loving, supportive relationships are essential for your health, and just like anything else, they take work. While it’s essential to take time for yourself (refer back to tip #3), it’s also important to take time out of your busy schedule to focus on others. You can do this by:

  • Getting a calendar to help you remember your loved one’s birthdays
  • Taking a break from texting to pick up the phone and call a friend
  • Setting aside designated bonding time with the people you care about

#5 Step It Up

Our last tip might be the easiest, but you’ll be surprised at how great it can make you feel. All you have to do is walk! Increasing your daily step count is an easy way to get active, plus walking can also work as a miraculous mind-clearing (not mind-numbing) activity.

There are tons of watches, apps, and monitors you can use if you want to see just how many miles you’re clocking.

Healthy Habits = Happy Year

If you need some motivation to start incorporating these healthy habits into your life, we’ll leave you with this—if you take our advice to heart, by this time next year (or even sooner), you’ll feel like the healthiest, happiest version of yourself. It takes time for choices to become habits, but we promise it does get easier. You’ve got this!