Top 10 Healthiest 2014 Resolutions

January 2, 2014 by Molly Huff

Have you made your New Year's Resolutions yet? There are many ways to improve your health - physically, mentally and emotionally - and Affinity Health hopes you make the most of your resolutions. Here is a list of the top 10 healthiest resolutions that can help you feel your best in 2014.

1. Lose Weight - This is the most common resolution, but it's also the hardest to commit to. You can succeed, though. Don't expect fast results - those usually aren't achieved in a healthy way - keep a food journal, exercise daily and make reasonable weight loss goals that focus on overall health.

2. Stay Connected to Loved Ones - It is actually good for your health to stay connected or reconnect with friends and family. Research suggest that those with strong social ties live longer than those people without them.

3. Quit Smoking - This is another one of those resolutions that can be hard to keep, but try different methods to see what works for you. Not only will you be a much healthier you, think of the money you'll save (which may be another resolution!). Click here for tips on quitting and support to help you out. 

4. Save Money - Saving money by making healthy lifestyle changes has multiple great effects on your life. Walk, ride your bike or carpool to work; cut back on gym membership costs by exercising at home; take stock of what you have in your fridge before you make a grocery list - these are just a few simple ways to put more money in your pocket.

5. Cut Your Stress - There are many ways to cut the stress out of your life. Get more sleep - this can have a profound effect on your stress level during the day. Exercise - releasing endorphins during exercise helps cut stress out of your life. Spend time with family and friends - talking, laughing and sharing with those you love can be relaxing and stress-relieving.

6. Volunteer - Our happiness increases when we help others. There are many places around town you can volunteer your time - food banks, churches and homeless shelters can all use your help.

7. Go Back to School - Gaining a sense of accomplishment by gaining knowledge can help boost your career, introduce you to new friends and give you brainpower.

8. Cut Back on Alcohol - Drinking alcohol in excess affects the brain's neurotransmitters and can increase the risk of depression, memory loss or even seizures. Cut back on your intake and you'll feel better and enjoy long term health benefits.

9. Get More Sleep - A lack of sleep has been linked to risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes, as well as increased stress levels. Be sure to get a good night's sleep each night - turn out the lights, turn off the electronics and REST!

10. Travel - Traveling allows us to make life an adventure - and it doesn't have to be an extravagant trip! Do what you can - a day drive to the beach or mountains, overnight camping trip with your family - just make time to get away and enjoy life.

Happy New Year from Affinity Health Clinic! We wish you the best in 2014!