Each New Year most everyone decides to come up with a New Year’s resolution. Why is that? Does one have to wait for a new year to start making changes? The answer is obviously no. But there is something about the start of a new year—it’s a clean slate, so to speak; an empty page; a new start for something good. That’s most probably why people love making a New Year’s Resolution.

Since 2015 is coming up, we all have the opportunity to start afresh. And since health is vital in order to live a better life it’s important that if you haven’t been taking care of your body it’s time you do.

 Here’s a sample list to get you started:

  1. Quit unhealthy habits like smoking and drinking. Going cold turkey is difficult, but if you can do it, by all means. If not, then resolve to do it gradually, so you can teach your body to stop being dependent on it.
  2. Eating healthy. You don’t have to go full-on vegetarian right away. What you can do is start swapping unhealthy foods with healthy ones. Little by little. It’s all about baby steps.
  3. Get your body to be more active. Part of being healthy is being active. The body needs to ‘move’. The body needs to be in good form to function well. So start incorporating physical activities. You can start just by walking a few minutes a day, and gradually increase the time. Eventually, you can start doing more, such as biking or swimming.
  4. Make sure to get enough sleep every day. Sleep is just as important as exercise. The body needs to recharge every night.
  5. Make sure to always look on the bright side of things. Having a positive outlook in life is also important. Emotions affect the body, so being optimistic truly helps.

  6. With just these 5 resolutions, your life can change for the better already. Remember, the key to becoming healthy is doing it gradually, so your body can adjust well. Doing things drastically usually fails. It’s about slowly teaching your body and allowing it to get used to new ways. Here’s to the New Year and a healthier you!