The New Year is here, and with it comes an inclination to make resolutions to do things like lose weight or eat healthy. More often than not, these goals start off strong in the early few weeks of the month, and by Valentine’s Day they have fallen by the wayside.
Spend less money? Oops.
Eat all organic? Nope.
Try to be gluten-free? Succumbed to the first piece of cake in the office.
Having said that, staying with your resolutions can be done. Here are three manageable goals you can set for yourself in 2016 that should not take too much money or inconvenience.
1) Get seven hours of sleep most days of the week.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported that single parents with children under 18 years old at home were less likely to get seven hours of sleep every night. Seems like a no-brainer to many single parents out there, however the lack of sleep is wreaking havoc on your health, mood and memory.
To help this, get off social media before bed. Everyone likes to scroll through their phone before they hit the hay, but really put that phone or electronic device away and go to sleep. That right there could gain you an extra hour.
2) Switch and drink eight glasses of water per day instead of coffee, juice, or soda.
The human body is roughly 70 percent (more or less, depending on the area) water, which makes water crucial to not only our general survival but to our day-to-day functioning such as flushing toxins and lubricating joints.
Many are quick to drink a cup of designer coffee with whipped cream, a sugar-filled soda or a glass of wine, but forget to hydrate with basic water on a daily basis. Try switching those empty-calorie high-sugar drinks that are doing little for your health in the big picture with these tricks.
Set the daily alarm on your phone at two different points in the day reminding you to drink water (or that you should have had X number of cups of water by then).
For example, you could set an alarm for 11 a.m. that says you should have had three cups by then, and again at 4 p.m.