People make New Year’s resolutions for a variety of reasons. Some people see the beginning of a new year as a fresh start, and they make resolutions as a way to set goals and make positive changes in their lives.
This can include a proposed commitment to improve health, such as by exercising more and eating healthier.
Making a New Year’s resolution can be a fun and rewarding way to start the year off on an optimistic note and work towards making positive changes, however, making changes in January might not be the optimal time…
Focus on February
Forbes reports 80% of people abandon their New Year’s resolutions by February.
Why is this?
Mike Vardy , a productivity specialist, explains that in January we are all so fatigued from the festive season that making time to take on new habits and having the willpower and energy to abstain from old ones leaves us even more exhausted and more likely to fail than succeed.
Vardy suggests we take January as a time for recharging and reflection, allowing us the opportunity to regain energy and establish the clarity needed to take steps to beginning our resolutions in February.
So, try not to worry if you began a resolution in January that didn’t quite work out, it’s more likely you’ll succeed this month!
The Ideal Resolution; Drink More Water!
Drinking more water is a popular and sensible resolution to make.
Staying hydrated is important because your body needs water to function properly. For example, water helps regulate your body temperature, and aids in digestion. It is also necessary for proper circulation and the maintenance of healthy skin. Drinking enough water can help you feel more alert, improve your mood, and support healthy brain function.
The NHS explains, good hydration helps to prevent:
- Urinary tract infections
- Kidney stones
- Skin conditions
- Poor general health
It’s important to drink enough water throughout the day to keep your body hydrated and functioning at its best.
The NHS Eatwell Guide suggests drinking 6 to 8 cups or glasses per day. This amount should be increased if you are very physically active or if it is a very hot day.
Due to all of the above factors, the goal of drinking more water is likely to feed into many of your other resolutions.
For example, if one goal is to exercise more, you will require additional hydration for optimal performance. If another goal is to lose weight, drinking water before and after a meal will help you feel sated for longer.
Variability in Water Quality
Once you have committed to drinking more water, it is important to consider what kind of water you would like to drink.
Tap water is inexpensive, but varies in quality, and may include dissolved solids such as salts, metals, pesticides, and other contaminants.
Bottled water can taste nicer than tap water and be more convenient when you are out and about, but often comes in plastic bottles which are neither good for you nor the environment.
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