Now that 2018 is upon us, the time has come to make those all-important resolutions, in hopes of changing your life for the better. While sticking to a resolution can be difficult (especially in the early going), those who possess the willpower to do so can receive a wide range of benefits. Read on to learn more about the five best health resolutions for 2018 and how you can change your life for the better.
This is one of the most popular resolutions at this time of year and for good reason. The fact that it seems to be a recurring resolution for many of us suggests that losing weight is not as easy as it may appear, but if you are willing to set feasible goals for yourself and not reach for the quick fix, you will experience far more success than the person who wants to shed all of their unwanted pounds in too short of a time period.
Smokers who are trying to quit tend to have a few false starts along the way and 2018 is the perfect time to make this crucial resolution stick. Don't be afraid to try several different methods and be sure to remember all of the money that you'll save when you finally kick this unhealthy habit for good when those inevitable moments of weakness arise.
Exercising on a consistent basis not only helps us to lose weight, it is incredibly helpful when it comes to lowering our stress and anxiety levels. By exercising regularly and making a point to do so, you trigger the release of helpful endorphins that will cut down on your stress levels and decrease the amount of cortisol that is created, a hormone that is proven to increase anxiety and cause fatigue to set in at a faster rate.
Drink Less Alcohol
Everyone enjoys a good nightcap from time to time, but when we rely on the use of alcohol in an excessive manner, we are placing ourselves at risk for a number of long term health issues. There has been a lot of ink spilled about the health benefits of consuming small amounts of alcohol, but binge drinking negatively impacts a number of neurological functions and alters our sleeping patterns, increasing the risk of depression.
Make a Sleep Schedule
If you are going to bed at a different time every night, this seemingly harmless habit can wreak havoc on your sleep cycle and cause you to enjoy a far less restful sleep. Lack of sleep also has an unwanted ripple effect on our diet and exercise routine, as a poor sleep schedule has been linked to the onset of diabetes and a greater risk of obesity.