50 Healthy New Year's Resolutions You Won't Regret Making

Jump right into the New Year with these new goals that you'll actually want to keep all year long.

November 21, 2016
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Come December, New Year's resolutions are lofty, ambitious, and entirely well-intentioned. But once February rolls around, chances are many of us have already abandoned our year-long goals with plans to "start again next year." 

More: 6 Ways to Make Your New Year's Resolution Stick

Not this time. This year, we're kicking off the New Year with yes, ambitious, but also doable and good-for-you resolutions that you'll actually want to keep for the next year... and beyond! 

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1. Sleep better

There is simply not an aspect of healthy living that is not affected by sleep. From your productivity to your daily happiness, the quality of your sleep largely determines how your entire day will go. Choose any of these 50 ways to sleep better tonight to upgrade your snooze hours and gain benefits in all areas of your life. 

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2. Work out more... at home

Working out more is a staple New Year's resolution, but this year, aim to simply do more workouts right in your own living room. Whether it's yoga, barre, pilates, or spinning, you can easily recreate your own favorite workout class indoors. Create your own zero-dollar home gym and get your fitness on with items you already have stashed away throughout the home. 

More: 10 Indoor Workouts to Carry You to Spring

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3. Unplug

Take a break from technology every once in a while. Unplugging from your phone via a simple e-tox (a technology detox) can help you regain control and focus of your day-to-day life. 

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4. Just breathe

Breathe with purpose, that is. Being aware of your breath and breathing in joy and breathing out stress can reshape your whole world, so try this simple 15-minute breath exercise to center yourself for a powerful mental reboot. 

More: 10 Morning Moves That Will Better Your Body

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5. Eat more fat

Really, we mean it. Just reach for the healthy kind. "Adding the right quantities of healthy fat to your diet actually helps you lose fat," says Dr. Kellyann Petrucci, author of Dr. Kellyann's Bone Broth Diet

Load up on these fatty foods that blast belly fat and officially ditch the low-fat foods that are doing nothing for you. 

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6. Ditch the artificial sweeteners

"The routine use of artificial sweeteners... can even change the way you taste healthy foods, like fruits and vegetables," says Dr. Rovenia M. Brock, author of Lose Your Final 15

But that's not all. The dangers of artificial sweeteners go far beyond your changing taste buds. They can also fool your gut and mess with your hormones, on top of making you overeat and contributing to diabetes. Best to just nix them from your diet entirely. 

More: 12 Sources of Sneaky Sugar in Your Diet

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7. Make a goal for each day

"Set your intention each day on being better than you were the day before," Dr. Brock adds. By asking questions of the universe, and using those answers to help shape your daily goals, you'll be better focused on what you can—and should—achieve daily. 

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8. Drink more water

We could advise you do get the recommended 64 ounces of water daily, but if your starting intake is much lower, take it easily. Use these tips to fool yourself into drinking more water and work your way up to the 64-ounce goal. Any addition amount you can add every day is better than nothing. Try infused water to make it far less boring. 

More: Your Ultimate Hydration Guide

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9. Adopt a Meatless Monday tradition

If you're a serious carnivore and can't imagine giving up meat for good, try a one-day-a-week tradition where you go all-vegetarian. Opt for any of these Meatless Monday recipes or these vegetarian recipes even a meat-eater will love, and help save the planet, one meal at a time. 

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10. Skip the processed foods

Stick to the perimeter of the grocery store and use these strategies to steer clear of processed foods. Not only do they have nothing to offer you, but they've become so refined that they no longer resemble the foods they once were. 

More: 50 Foods You Should Never Eat

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11. Load up on vegetables

Make it a goal to fill up half your plate with healthy veggies. This way, you'll get all of the natural nutritional benefits from the produce aisle and with a fuller plate, you'll lave less room for the not-so-good-for-you parts of your dinner. 

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12. Give running a try

It may be the simplest and oldest forms of exercise, but there's a reason why it's also one of the all-time favorite. Use these tips to start running and make it a regular part of your everyday life. Whether you just want a leisurely jog or have plans for a 5K or even a marathon, every mile counts. 

More: The 12 Secrets to Running Success

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13. Pay it forward

Surprise and delight those around you with just a simple random act of kindness. Hold the door open for someone, buy coffee for the person in line behind you, and make your city a better place. It's not hard to spread the love during the holiday season, but keep it going all year long and make others smile. 

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14. Get outside and appreciate nature

Look around, just for a moment, to notice the beauty of trees, animals, and nature around you. The more you're connected with the world around you, the more you'll appreciate the living, breathing city that surrounds you. 

More: 7 Ways to Harmonize With Nature

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15. Finally clean out your closet

It may take you an afternoon or it may take you an entire season, but finally conquering that heap of a closet is a worthwhile resolution to make. Follow these rules for a successful closet cleaning spree from organizational pro Peter Walsh and you'll soon be a decluttering master. 

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16. Practice grounding... anywhere

It's the forgotten health trick you should for for 150 minutes per week, and every minute of grounding can help you improve your health and connection with the earth. 

"Like perspective and breathing, grounding can be practiced anywhere, at any moment in your life," says Hilaria Baldwin, author if The Living Clearly Method. "A regular grounding practice—you can ground all day if you want to!—helps you feel calm and safe, and from there, you can connect to the part of yourself that is clear and wise, the part that would give commonsense advice to an anxious friend."

Try this everyday grounding practice that you can do anywhere—at home, the office, or even on the subway. 

More: 5 Alternative Therapies You Need to Try

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17. Organize your work space, with only six things

Working clean does not require a huge investment. You need only six things.

"Creating ergonomic workspaces means more than making things look pretty," says Dan Charnas, author of Work Clean. "It means setting a place for yourself that allows economy of motion and consumes less physical and mental energy."

Grab a hold of these 6 tools that will organize your workspace and cut precious minutes off your to-do list. 

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18. Choose, or make, healthy snacks

When that dreaded afternoon slump rolls around, don't give in to temptation and reach for the nearest (and likely most sugar-loaded) candy bar to help energize you. Instead, make it a goal this year to DIY your snack routine and make your own no-bake energy bites with minimar ingredients, tons of protein, and just what you need for an energy boost. 

More: The 8 Best Bedtime Snacks for Weight Loss

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19. Grow your own herb garden

No need to head to the grocery store every time you're making tacos and need a pinch of cilantro or are serving lasagna and need a few sprigs of basil to bring out the flavors. This year, add some greenery to your kitchen and grow your own herb garden right on your countertop or windowsill. 

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20. Color more

Study after study has proven that every adult needs to start coloring. Grabbing a crayon and doodling away can have powerful calming effects, so don't hesitate to get back to your childhood activities as a way of relaxation. Combine your love of food and coloring with A Cozy Coloring Cookbook and download any of these recipes that you can color. 

More: 7 Lifestyle Habits That'll Lower Your Risk of Heart Disease

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21. Laugh more: it helps keep your stress in check

Breathe easier with these quick stress-releasing tweaks, and rid yourself of chronic anxiety this year, which will also help to lessen your risks of developing chronic illness. 

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22. Tap into your Universal Spiritual Team

This year, make it a goal to meet the souls that guide your life and discover where your inspiration comes from throughout your life. Your Universal Team of Spirits can help guide your days, weeks, months, and years, one step at a time. 

"By following your Team's lead and listening to the intuitive hunches and feelings they prompt, you will feel led to make fulfilling and purposeful choices in every area of your life—love, health, career, you name it," says phychic medium MaryAnn DiMarco, author of Believe, Ask, Act

More: Best Practices for Asking Questions of the Universe

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23. Tune-up your existing relationships

It's not complex. It's not rocket science. It's just a little 'attunement.' Use these 5 tune-ups for a better relationship, and build trust and an emotional connection with your partner, family, and friends this calendar year and beyond. 

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24. Conquer overeating

With just a few adjustements, you can break the cycle of overeating. Understanding what triggers overeating, and planning accordingly, gives you a much greater chance of taking control over the process.

More: Your 5-Step Plan to Stop Emotional Eating

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25. Make your own lunch, at least once a week

Save money, calories, and time by making your own lunch at home, at least once a week. We've rounded up 15 sandwich recipes that'll get you excited about lunch again and your lunch-from-home will be a whole new brown bag look. 

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26. Eliminate common toxins for better mental health

It's time to learn how to spot them, why you should avoid them, and how minimizing your exposure can improve brain health. Start with these 10 ingredient swaps that'll improve your mental health and your memory will improve vastly this coming year. 

More: 12 Tricks to Boost Your Brain & Memory Power

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27. Organize your bathroom for a happier morning

It's likely the first room you enter after you've gotten out of bed, so follow these tips for a more inspired and organized bathroom that'll change the way you go about your whole day. 

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28. Work out in the morning

Rise and shine! Follow this 4-week workout plan to become a morning exerciser and sharpen your senses and improve your sleep with a little A.M. sweat session. 

More: 9 Morning Exercises to Start the Day Stress Free

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29. Forgive those who have wronged you

Make this next year the year of forgiveness. Follow these 3 steps to forgiveness to learn how to liberate yourself and truly forgive those who have caused you pain. 

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30. Start a new nightly pre-bed ritual

You won't have trouble falling asleep if you incorporate these 15 relaxing moves into your nighttime routine. These activities will alert your brain that it's nearly bedtime, helping your body slowly power down for the evening and get ready for bed. 

More: 7 Better-Sleep Strategies You Need to Adopt Today

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31. Cook dinner at home, at least one weeknight per week

Busy day? Make any of these easy dinner recipes that take less than 30 minutes to prepare. Use simple ingredients, quick preparation methods, and you'll be left with a dinner dish in no time. 

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32. Give yourself a massage at home

Grab your foam roller and get to work. These rolling moves for a DIY massage are your cures for tight muscles and overworked appappendages. 

More: 3 Ways to Massage Away Muscle Soreness

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33. Nix the sugar, once and for all

Use any (or all) of these 19 ways to give up sugar and make your life truly sweet. Help your body navigate through sugar withdrawal and make the detox far more bearable and soon enough, you won't even miss the sweet stuff. 

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34. Make your own gluten-free cleaning products

When it comes to cleaning your home, don't reach for the toxin-loaded cleaning products at the grocery store. Instead, make your own gluten-free cleaning solutions using all-natural ingredients that will help resolve your autoimmune issues this year. 

The formulas are easy to mix, and the ingredients are inexpensive," says Tom O'Bryan, author of The Autoimmune Fix. "The only downside is they often require a little more elbow grease."

But in the end, what's a little DIY project homework when it comes to saving your health?

More: 14 Unfortunate Green-Cleaning Mistakes

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35. Finally master portion control

Ah, portion control. Sound easy, but many of us don't actually know how to do it and it's easily the reason why we consume hundred of excess calories daily. This year, learn to master portion control and understand the power of proper serving sizes. 

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36. Make amends with yourself

Self-love: It's more important than you think. As difficult as forgiving others is, it is still much more common to let others off the hook than to move on from our own mistakes. This year, make it a point to show self-compassion, to appreciate yourself, and make amends with yourself

"Self-forgiveness is a promise you make to yourself that you will support yourself while working hard to make a change," says Melissa Moore, author of WHOLE.  "It is saying to yourself, I forgive you, thereby freeing up your energy to be spent on making change that is true and permanent."

More: 11 Habits of the Happiest People

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37. Take charge of your health

Yes, it's imporant to eat healthy, exercise regularly, and practice mindfulness, but don't skip out on your annual doctor's visits, either. This year, make the most out of your next doctor's checkup and make the annual physical work for you. 

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38. Stock your fridge with home health remedies

Do-it-yourselfers, reach for these refrigerator health fixes to troubleshoot your health so the next time you get a nosebleed or a bug bite, or even a hangover, you'll be stocked for healing. 

More: 12 Things You Need in Your Emergency Survival Kit

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39. Add more houseplants to your home and office

Banish harmful toxins from your home with these air-purifying plants and stock your office with these best plants that boost productivity. Your family, and your boss, will notice the productivity and happiness benefits. 

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40. Sit less

Have you heard? Sitting is the new smoking, so ditch the chair, sit less at work and live longer. Opt for a standing desk (many offices will even provide one for you) or simply walk more during the day

More: The 5 Best Stretches for Desk Sitters

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41. Create an intention board

"Sit down with a stack of magazines and cut out pictures, phrases and words that capture the feeling and intention of the things you want to manifest into your physical experience this year," says Rebecca Rosen, author of What the Dead Have Taught Me About Living. "Then, paste them down on a poster board."

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42. Drink your veggies

Look good from the inside out with these refreshing smoothies for healthier skin and feel better with these immune-boosting blends and incorporate veggies into your daily smoothie options. 

More: How to Save Money With Green Smoothies

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43. Eat organic whole foods

Yes, there might be a debate over what organic really means, but the pesticide-free, non-GMO produce is easily the way to go. There are many places where going organic matters most, so have this year be the one where you stick to foods with that little green label. Your body will thank you. 

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44. Up your productivity

There's a simple way to stay on-task all day long. This year, aim to do this 10-minute productivity exercise every day and you'll get all your work done, and more. 

More: Your Busy Schedule May Actually Keep Your Mind Sharp

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45. Achieve the perfect drool-worthy Instagram photo

Rack up all those likes on Instagram by following these tips for the perfect photo

"A good food photo has the ability to transport others to your table, leaving them drooling and wishing they were eating whatever you've just artfully displayed," says Adrianna Adarme, author of The Year of Cozy. "But as with all beautiful things, there's an art to creating the photo that'll take you to double-digit likes."

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46. Become a morning person

Bypass the snooze button by incorporating these tricks that'll help you wake up easier

More: 4 Ideas for Enjoying Early Mornings

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47. Explore the world around you

Add a few more nature destinations to your travel bucket list. Start off with a few hike-friendly spots that'll let you love the great outdoors. Take this quiz to find out which national park is perfect for your next vacation

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48. Read more

It's a fact: reading makes you happier, so this year, add a few extra titles to your reading list and crack open a good book that'll help boost your mood and knowledge. 

More: The Right (and Wrong) Way to Read Before Bed

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49. Help save the bees

"From apples to strawberries, from coffee to chocolate, from almonds to tomatoes, all those plants need pollinators. They need bees," says Guillaume Gauthereau. "It is estimated that 30 percent of the world crops (and 90 percent of the wild plants!) need an insect like a bee to thrive. Without them, crops would die and the world will starve."

Choose any (or all) of these tips that will help save the bees and stop them from disapeering at an alarming rate. 

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50. Let go with yoga

"Letting go can’t happen unless you surrender deeply into your own reality," says Baldwin. "As you surrender to what is real, you will be in an ideal position to see what is keeping you from moving forward."

Start by surrendering and letting go of all preconceived notions, fears, and worries by simple practicing savasana (corpse pose). Launch into the new year with no reservations, no qualms, and nothing holding you back as you aim to make this year your best one yet. 

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