Every year on January 1st, a magic motivation fills the air. New Year’s resolutions lead to a path paved with wishes and gold. It’s a chance to wipe the slate clean and start fresh.
Then why do only 8% of Americans follow through on their New Year’s aspirations? It’s important to set realistic goals and establish a routine. After all, old habits don’t have to die hard!
Recharge, rethink and reinvent your resolutions:
In addition to improving happiness, smiling may even extend your life! A 2010 study of professional baseball players showed those who smiled genuinely in their baseball pictures lived an average of 5 years longer than players who didn’t smile. This study provides some evidence that smiling does play a role in living longer.
Be proud to show off your smile – take care of your teeth. Brush and floss daily, and visit your dentist at least 2 times this year. Dental visits can make you feel better too! Americans who visit their dentist regularly are 22% more likely to report their overall well-being as good or better, compared to those who don’t visit the dentist.
If you have a gym membership, you know how crowded the gym can get after the holidays. There’s no wonder why — “Staying fit,” is one of the top 10 New Year’s resolutions, according to a recent survey.
Lacking motivation? You don’t have to be on a treadmill to workout. Simple household chores like washing the car, gardening or vacuuming can count as moderate exercise. There is a connection between your oral and overall health. So get moving to benefit your body and smile!
Maintaining a healthy diet is easier than you think! In fact, eating nutrient-rich food benefits your physique, mood and grin. Munch meals and snacks based on the USDA’s guidelines. Dietary staples include whole grains, fruits, vegetables, lean protein and low-fat dairy.
Here’s a simple way to start healthy eating habits: Take an extra 5 minutes each night to plan the next day’s meals. Once you get the hang of it, start scheduling each week’s meals. Cooking at home is healthy and cost-efficient – all it takes is a little preparation.
Plan and practice to perfect your new healthy habits. Set realistic expectations, take baby steps and celebrate each tiny victory. Here’s to your healthiest and happiest year yet!