New Year’s Resolutions for 2017

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It’s time to say goodbye to 2016 and all those bad habits, and say hello to 2017 and brand new New Year’s resolutions. According a Nielsen survey from previous years, many people report that “‘staying fit and healthy’ is their top resolution, coming in at 37%, followed closely by ‘lose weight’ (32%). And based on the survey results, just a handful of people are throwing in the towel and not making any resolutions (16%).”

What are your new year’s resolutions for this coming year? If you’re in need of a little help to think of a resolution, we’re here to help. New Year, new me…right?

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Lose Weight and Get Fit

Losing weight and getting healthy starts with simple lifestyle changes. It may mean just changing your diet or finding a way to incorporate small amounts of exercise into your daily routines. Maybe you want to buy a gym membership, enroll in a cycling or hot yoga class, or join a running club—the options for getting active are endless. To make changes to your diet, start by drinking more water throughout the day. It will not only help you with weight loss, but you’ll stay hydrated, feel better, flush out toxins, promote healthy skin, and it will suppress your appetite and help to limit snacking.

For more tips on losing weight and getting active, check out the following resources:

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Quit Smoking

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 16 million Americans are living with a disease caused by smoking, and worldwide, tobacco use causes nearly 6 million deaths per year, and current trends show that tobacco use will cause more than 8 million deaths annually by 2030. While the facts are scary, it’s also reported that nearly 7 in 10 (68.9%) adult cigarette smokers wanted to stop smoking. So if you happen to be one of those 7 in 10 adults who want to quit smoking, now is the time. Make this your 2017 new year’s resolution and stick to it.

Here’s a few additional resources that can help you commit to resolution to stop smoking:

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Limit Stress and Get More Sleep

Take a deep breath, and one more… In 2017, it’s time to let go of all the negative energy in our lives and embrace the positive. Being stressed out all the time isn’t helping anyone. The New Year is all about change and enjoying life. Whether limiting stress means working less, taking a yoga class, or stopping each morning to smell the roses, little changes to daily actions can have large impacts on your overall stress level. Additionally, getting a better night sleep each night will help you to wake up each more feeling refreshed and ready to conquer the day. Try your best each night to fall asleep with no distractions (yes, that means without the TV on). Also, it’s been proven that adults should do their best to get at least 8 hours of sleep each night to feel fully rested.

For further reading on how to manage your stress and sleep better, visit the following resources:

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Travel More

2017 is a year for adventure, romance, excitement, and of course, travel. Don’t spend another minute dreaming about your dream vacation—it’s time to live it! Whether it’s a road trip across the country, a weekend in the mountains, a day at the beach, or an extended stay on a private island, whatever you’re longing for, go there! Pack your bags, book your flight, and getaway. According to an medical research, after only a day or two, 89% of people experience significant drops in stress. So what are you waiting for?

Ready to see the world? Visit these extra resources for more tips and tricks for traveling as your new year’s resolution:

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Spend Less, Save More

This coming year, it’s the perfect opportunity for you to get smart about handling your money. According to an article in Nasdaq, “Three thousand people participated in GOBankingRates’ 2017 New Year’s Resolution survey and revealed their top financial resolutions out of the following nine options: Create a budget and stick to it, Build an emergency fund, Improve my credit score, Save more, spend less, Increase my income, Pay down debt, Save more for retirement, Have more spending freedom, and Make a large purchase (home, car, etc.).” And out of those nine options, “Save More, Spend Less” won with 22.73%. Are you one of the many with a financial-related resolution? If not, maybe it’s a good idea to consider.

If you’re searching for more ways to save in 2017, check out the following resources for more information:

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What are your new year’s resolutions? Be sure to share your own personal new year’s resolutions with us on the San Antonio Daily Facebook page. And if you’re looking for last minute New Year’s Eve plans, we’ve got you covered for that too. Check out our article on New Year’s Eve Parties in San Antonio.