5 health-related resolutions that aren’t ‘lose weight’

2. Resolve To Drink More Water and Less Caffeine

Staying hydrated sounds simple enough, right? But most of us are chronically dehydrated. And chugging caffeinated beverages doesn’t help.

“Resolve to drink more water: buy a good water filtering system and a solid reusable container that you can carry with you,” says Sally Pansing Kravich, a holistic specialist. “Your kidneys and lymph nodes need to filter daily. By buying your own home filtering system, you are contributing less to cluttered waste for the earth.”

It may seem like a small goal, but stating hydrated can have drastic effects on your overall health, from more energy to better skin to increased productivity at work.

Laura Arndt, personal trainer and CEO of Matriarc, tells NBC News Better she’s resolving to scale back on coffee this year. “I know I overload the caffeine so my goal is to cut back and stick to one cup of coffee a day.” Swapping that pre-meeting cup of java for some h20 may boost your energy and improve focus.

3. Resolve to Sleep Better

Sleep (or more specifically, lack of it) is often the underlying cause of many of our health issues, including stress and anxiety, weight gain and low immunity. But sticking to a rigid sleep schedule can be tricky, especially after the holidays when we’re recovering from disrupted bedtime routines. So in the New Year, we can vow to start small.


“Buying a Himalayan salt lamp, getting black out curtains or masking any light with electrical tape are all good starts,” adds Rachel Montañez, founder of Sleep 10:2. We may also want to consider eliminating screens from our bedrooms, cutting back on caffeine and alcohol before bed, and aiming to get at least seven hours of sleep each night.

4. Resolve to Practice Mindful Eating

Just because I’m not looking to lose weight doesn’t mean I’m ruling out ways to improve my diet and habits around food. Enter: eating mindfully (aka not digging into a bag of chips in front of the TV or eating lunch at my desk).

“Mindful eating, and what I describe as working with your authentic appetite, involves slowing down while we eat and paying attention to our body’s appetite, hunger and fullness signals,” says Becca Clegg, clinical director and founder of Authentic Living. “One of the primary focuses of mindful eating is to help you learn how to feed yourself when you are hungry, and stop when you are full.

Ask these questions when you are choosing what you might want to eat: What does my body need to be nourished? What am I craving? Will I enjoy eating it? How will my body feel after I eat it?”

5. Resolve to Pay Down Debts

With the vast majority of us living paycheck to paycheck, many of us can benefit from dedicating more effort into dealing with our finances, which undoubtedly add stress to our lives that can affect our health and happiness. (In fact, 65 percent of Americans lose sleep over financial stress.)

“My New Year’s resolution is to put extra money toward my mortgage every paycheck,” says Tara Besore, a marketing specialist with Pacific NW Federal Credit Union. “We’ve all heard it’s good to pay more than the minimum on credit card and auto loan debt, but we don’t always think of paying extra on our mortgages, and we’re missing out on big savings.” (Besore recommends using an amortization calculator for assistance here.)

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