It’s easy to be bold with New Year’s resolutions. But sometimes, when we set those expectations a little too high, it can lead to disappointment. Our friends at Virtua Health put together this list of 3 super achievable resolutions that can completely improve your emotional and physical health.

  • Burn More Calories by Moving More

    If you work a desk job or have a bad knee, finding time to move around and burn calories can be challenging. However, it’s actually an easy task. Everything that you do on a day to day basis, (sleeping, eating, showering, etc) burns calories! But, there are so many ways to burn additional calories each and every day. One of these ways is the common cliché “sit less and move more.” Many people spend more time sitting down than they probably should, but 2023 is the year to change that.

    Walking is a great form of exercise that helps to boost your mood, burn calories, lose weight, ease joint pain, and more. Best of all, it’s the easiest exercise to do. Try to find a couple of minutes each day to walk when you normally wouldn’t. Your body will thank you later!

  • Limit Sleep Deprivation

    Sleep is an essential part of everyone’s daily routine. But is the sleep you’re getting fulfilling? Sleep deprivation is a real thing, and it has serious consequences such as weight gain and depression. It’s recommended that you get at least 8 hours of sleep every night to give your body enough time to reboot and get ready for the next day.

    There are a few ways to help improve your quality of sleep. First, go to bed at an earlier hour. Shutting off the lights and hopping into bed around 1 or 2 a.m. isn’t going to help your body get what it needs. Try to be in bed by 10 p.m.! Also, limiting screen time before bed will allow your brain to relax and help you fall asleep earlier. Save your electronics for the family room and try to cozy up and close your eyes once you make it to your bed.

  • Order Out Less, Cook More

    Let’s be honest – ordering from your favorite restaurant and not having to cook or clean is so much easier than tearing the kitchen apart just to realize you’re missing critical ingredients for the chicken you wanted to make. But, cooking has a lot of health benefits, especially because you can see what you’re putting into your food. It’s also is a fun activity that can boost your mood and make you happier.

    This year, focus your time in the kitchen. Compile a list of your favorite recipes, or new ones that you want to try (don’t forget to treat yourself every once in a while). Enjoy your time with those you love in the most magical room in your house – the kitchen. We can smell it already!

    If you want a little help with your healthy resolutions list, connect with Virtua Health today to work one-on-one with a primary care physician.

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