Every year on January 1, motivation fills the air. New Year’s resolutions set us on paths paved with wishes. 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. It’s no wonder — “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 treadmill to work out. Simple household chores like washing the car, gardening, or vacuuming can count as moderate exercise. Your oral and overall health are closely linked. 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!