10 healthy New Year’s resolutions you’ll actually stick to in 2019
Start 2019 on the right note, and more so, on a realistic one with healthy resolutions that are simple enough to work!
Ah, the classic New Year’s resolutions - so many people do them and so little of us really stick to them.
It’s the things we try to embark on with such gusto and excitement on the first day of January and think “This will be my year that I finally stick to my resolutions”, but sadly, life gets in the way and more often than not we fall into old habits of late work nights, missed gym sessions and days off spent on the couch in front of Netflix - sounds all too familiar doesn’t it?
What if I told you that simple and sustainable resolutions do exist, and what’s more, they can help you to lead a long, healthy and very happy life.
Here are 10 habits that will change your life for the better and, even better, they are easy to stick to.
1. Make and actually make sure you go to your annual doctor and healthcare appointments
This one is pretty important, and I get it - the thought of having to fork out a couple of hundred bucks or more to see a doctor, dentist or optometrist can be pretty offputting. And there are only a few of us who can afford medical aid or even a hospital plan.
But there is another way and it’s called health insurance…
Health insurance is basically like the affordable alternative to medical aid and it still gives you the same access to private healthcare. If you have health insurance through Oneplan then they pay you BEFORE you see the doctor and have amazing out of hospital benefits as well as illness and accident cover.
Even if you think you are healthy, you need to make sure that you that you see your doctor at least once a year for a check up on things like weight, blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol. That way, if anything is wrong then your doctor can pick it up before it gets worse!
2. Speaking about health, keep a file on the health history of your family
Knowing the health history of your family is something every single one of us needs to know. You and your doctor need to be able to keep tabs on health conditions and certain diseases that show up in your family that can help inform any of your own risk factors for these diseases.
This also saves you from some frantic texts and phone calls to your mom while you sit in your doctor’s waiting room trying to find out if anyone in your family has had diabetes, cancer or something else.
PLUS - if you take out health insurance or medical aid you need to know these things and be as detailed as possible. If someone in your family has a health condition and you didn’t state this in your policy (because you might not have known), you can be kicked off your medical aid or insurance and have your claims refused.
Save yourself the stress, seriously.
3. Get at least 7 hours of sleep every night (yes, really)
The National Sleep Foundation (yes, there is such a thing) have said that we all need about 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night. A lack of sleep can lead to stress, anxiety and depression. It can also affect your immune system’s ability to fight off diseases and bacteria and even lead to weight gain.
So, getting enough sleep is pretty serious.
4. Meal prep on Sundays
This might sound like a lot of work, but once you get into cooking healthy and delicious meals that you can freeze and have during the week - your body will thank you for it!
When you have a hectic week you will be incredibly grateful for the chicken and veggies you have in the freezer of fridge compared to the take out you would have gotten in the past. It can also save you money too!
Have a look at these awesome ideas for meal prepping.
5. Eat every 2 to 3 hours (don’t wait until you are starving)
I actually cannot stress enough how important this way of eating is - eating every couple of hours ensures you do not overeat or eat the wrong things. Eating smaller meals every few hours helps you to lose weight and even helps in speeding up your metabolism.
Have a healthy breakfast like oats, then a snack, then lunch, then another snack and then a small and healthy dinner like salad or soup.
6. Stress less - find an outlet for stress that actually works
Whether this is yoga, meditation, going for a run or just finding time to relax and read your book - make sure you do it!
Even if you have a deadline, set aside 15 minutes of some yoga, deep breathing or meditation. Whatever works for you, do it. You’ll be surprised how much better you will feel and how your stress levels will start to deplete.
7. Exercise, but this have fun with it!
If you don’t like going to the gym, then join a dance class. If you don’t like running, then try swimming. The point is, you aren’t going to stick to an exercise regime if you don’t enjoy it. Find something you love and do this for 30 to 60 minutes, 3 to 5 times a week.
8. Drink enough water
You’ve probably heard this one before - but you HAVE to stay hydrated. Here is a guide on how to find out how much you need to be drinking every day. Stick to it. Your body needs the water, trust me.
9. Get household and car insurance
If you don’t already have household and car insurance, then you might think that it is simply something that you cannot afford. But the thing is when you get in an accident and have to fork out thousands in damage repairs or have your house broken into - then this will cost you a thousand times more than your monthly premium ever would. Seriously.
Do yourself a favour and get car and household insurance. And, if you do it through Oneplan then it only takes one minute to sign up, one minute to get insured and one minute to claim. It’s that awesome.
10. Get health insurance
This links back to making sure you see your doctor at least once a year. Your health is serious, so make sure you are serious about it. Get access to private healthcare, today.
Happy holidays everybody, and may 2019 be YOUR year!