Top 5 Healthy Resolutions You Can Make Now

by Karen Brooks on January 5, 2010

New Years has come and gone and chances are that some of those resolutions you made have also gone out the window. But it’s not too late to make some new ones because these resolutions are good anytime.

1. Have a nap every day and a good time is in the middle of the afternoon. Getting enough sleep has lots of heath benefits including a lower risk of obesity, disease and even early death. You may not get enough sleep at night, but you can supplement by taking a short nap instead of your usual coffee break. Napping actually improves memory, replenishes energy and boosts your productivity.

2. Stretch twice each day. Stretching is a great way to get rid of tension and improve your circulation by increasing the blood flow to your muscles. It also boosts balance and flexibility and even straightens your posture. Stretching doesn’t have to seriously cut into your day, but it should be done in specific ways so back, neck and shoulders are all worked.

3. Take up cycling. It is a great way to exercise, burn calories and get fresh air all at the same time. Cycling gets your heart pumping and your muscles working for an easy on the body workout. Now if you are mired in winter where you live, consider investing in an exercise bike. You can catch up on a TV show or some reading to make your ride more enjoyable. Then as soon as weather permits you’ll be even more ready to hop on your bike and enjoy the great outdoors.

4. Keep in touch with friends. It’s easy not to do this especially when your day is a huge rush but the health benefits should make it as much a part of your life as trying to eat healthy foods. Being part of a strong social network has actually been linked to a healthier heart, a stronger immune system, and even a longer life.

5. Get out of your rut and try something new or at least do something different. If the coach potato in you is starting to sprout roots, you know you need to change up your routine. You’ll feel better mentally and physically once you get started. Commit to a change for twenty one days and you will have turned it into a habit and we all know how hard it is to break a habit.

So forget those News Years resolutions that have fallen by the wayside and jump on board with one or two of these new ones. These are resolutions you can keep!

Fitness is one of the keys to a long and healthy life. And it doesn’t have to take hours or be boring. In fact, the best way to get fit is to take part in a sport or physical activity that you enjoy. That way it’s more likely you’ll stick with it. Even a few minutes a day is better than no minutes a day. Whether you’re a beginner or a serious athlete, a great way to help you get the most out of your workouts is to use a heart rate monitor. Polar makes some of the best heart monitor watches. Visit for information on a polar heart rate monitor watch for men and women.

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