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15 easy resolutions to make 2015 healthier

We are almost a week into 2015, and rounds of resolutions have been made, and some already broken. If you are yet to make one, or if you are deciding a health-related one, let's keep it nice and simple. Here are 15 easy resolutions to make 2015 healthier.

health-and-fitness Updated: Jan 06, 2015, 15:43 IST
Soumya Vajpayee Tiwari
Soumya Vajpayee Tiwari
Hindustan Times

We are almost a week into 2015, and rounds of resolutions have been made, and some already broken. If you are yet to make one, or if you are deciding a health-related one, here's a guide to pick from.

1 Will climb the stairs at least once a day
Climbing stairs is one of the best ways to burn calories and strengthen your heart. Also, a British survey suggests that climbing stairs is directly associated with reduced risk of heart diseases. So, if you have to climb up a reasonable number of floors, give the elevator a break and opt for the staircase.

2Won't sit all day. Will take a stroll every hour while at work
Sitting for long periods can increase the risk of diabetes and heart disease. It may also cause back, neck and spinal cord problems. So, ensure that you take a break from work, no matter how important it is, and take a stroll around your workplace every once in a while.

3 Will drink at least 1.5-2 litre water per day
While in your air-conditioned cars, homes and offices, don't forget to consume plenty of water. It helps maintain the balance of body fluids, and also controls calories, facilitates weight loss and keeps your skin hydrated.

4 Will do some kind of workout for at least 15 minutes daily
Fast-paced movements like jogging, jumping rope or bike riding for 15 minutes can help you burn between 120 and 165 calories. Even if your hectic schedule doesn't permit you to hit the gym for an hour, spare 15 minutes in the morning and you can have a toned and active body.

5 Won't skip breakfast. Will not have a heavy dinner
It has been medically proven that eating breakfast can improve concentration, and it gives strength and endurance to engage in physical activity. Many studies also show that breakfast eaters tend to weigh less than morning meal skippers. You must also ensure that your dinner is the lightest meal of the day. Research suggests that consuming too many calories just before sleeping is bad for digestion.

6Won't be a couch potato
Sitting for long hours in front of the TV or computer can cause multiple physiological changes in our bodies. Back and neck pain, headaches and shoulder pain are common injuries. Such muscle and joint problems can be caused or made worse by bad posture and sitting for long periods of time. Indulge in some physical activity by taking your eyes off the screen at regular intervals.

7Will be more social, less on social networks
Reports suggest that social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter etc. shorten attention spans and make people more self-centred. Also, excessive fondness for these sites can increase your stress levels, produce anxiety and negatively affect your sense of self. Getting connected with your friends and family over the phone or catching up in person would be a better choice.

8 Will work on my eating habits
Apart from being particular about not skipping breakfast and having a light dinner, what you eat also matters. Avoid processed foods; include proteins in your diet; eat whole-wheat breads and avoid junk food. These changes might help you stay fitter through the year.

9Won't take illness lightly, will see a doctor
Whether it's a flu, a persistent headache or continuous body pain, don't take any physical trouble lightly. It might not just trouble you by getting aggravated, but might also get transmitted to others. The best option is to see a doctor and get proper medication. Also, self-doctoring is a strict no no.

10Won't spend an entire day indoors
With advancement in technology and indoor entertainment options, more people prefer to stay indoors, not realising the importance of a stroll in natural surroundings. Staying indoors all day can be detrimental to not only your body, but also your mind. It can also result in obesity and increased risk of cancer, heart disease, anxiety and depression. Even if you cannot spare a lot of time, only 15 minutes outside (we don't mean commute time) in nature can have major health benefits.

11Will play a sport I like
If the idea of getting into a hardcore exercise regimen irks you, opt for activities like dancing, cycling or swimming. These activities help you get rid of stress, and will not only help your physical, but also mental wellbeing.

12Will restart a childhood hobby or interest
Remember the days when you would invariably take time out for playing or pursuing your hobby no matter how tiring your day was or even if you had an assignment submission the next day? Getting back to those activities that make you happy, even for a shorter time, would be a good idea as it might help you relieve stress.

13Will travel... near or far
Haven't you heard thattravelling keeps you healthier? Regular travelling can help reduce stress and decrease risks of heart attacks and depression, and can also aid brain health.

14Will add seasonal foods/fruits to my diet
While it is generally known that consuming fruits and leafy veggies is beneficial, you can consider including seasonal produce to your everyday diet plan. It can not only give you the required nutrients, but also helps add variety to your food.

15 Will keep mobile phones/tablets aside at least 20 minutes before sleeping
A WHO study reveals that the excessive use of mobile phones affects sleep patterns and can increase risks of brain cancer. Ensure that you keep your mobile phones away sometime before sleeping and not check messages/emails if you wake up in the middle of the night.

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