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Top 10 healthy New Year’s resolutions

2017 is here! Here's how to ensure that your New Year's resolutions are beneficial to your health.

With each New Year comes a resolution or two.

We see these resolutions as a chance to better ourselves and our habits – a chance to start a new chapter on a new page. As we enter the New Year, take this opportunity to ensure that your New Year’s are beneficial to your health.

Here are 10 healthy New Year’s resolutions according to Health.com.

1. Lose weight

Even though this is one of the most common New Year’s Resolutions, very few people manage to stick to it. The secret is to keep a food journal of what you eat and to have a support system.

2. Reconnect with old friends and family

Research shows that people with strong social ties live longer than those who don’t. With Facebook it’s easier than ever to get in touch with old friends and initiate face-to-face get togethers.

3. Throw away the cigarettes

If you have failed time and time again to quit smoking, don’t be afraid to try again. Try to find the perfect method that works for you. Multiple attempts are often the path to success.

4. Save money

There are a lot of ways you can save money. Carpool, walk or ride your bicycle to work instead of driving. Work out at home instead of going to the gym by using Wii Fit Plus or any one of the many other interactive games. Take stock of what you have in the fridge rather than aimlessly going shopping.

5. Cut the stress

According to Roberta Lee, MD, an integrative medicine specialist at Beth Israel Medical Centre in New York City, and the author of The Super Stress Solution, long work hours, little sleep, no exercise, poor diet, and not spending time with family and friends can contribute to stress. Relax, sleep, socialise, and take vacations when they’re due.

6. Help others

Volunteering increases your happiness. Happiness is good for your health, so you benefit too at the end of the day.

7. Go back to school

No matter how old you are, heading back to the classroom, even night school can help revamp your career, introduce you to new friends and even boost your brainpower.

8. Reduce use of alcohol

Even though a small amount of alcohol offers health benefits, too much can cause the opposite. Drinking alcohol in excess can lead to a lot of negative effects on the brain.

9. Get more sleep

Sleep is more beneficial to your health than you might think. A lack of sleep has been linked to a greater risk of obesity and Type 2 diabetes. Enough sleep is also crucial for strengthening of memories.

10. Travel

The rewards and pleasure of a vacation can last long after the vacation itself. Every day is a routine, but when you take a vacation, you have a chance to experience change, which can be revitalising.

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