Each year in January, roughly one in three Americans resolve to better themselves in some way. A much smaller percentage of people actually make good on those resolutions. While about 75% of people stick to their goals for at least a week, less than half (46%) are still on target six months later, a 2002 study found.
See a better future for yourself in 2017. Start now by visualizing the life you want to experience later.
Therefore as we prepare to turn the calendar to a new month and a new year; the urge to harness better control of one’s life always takes precedence during the last few weeks of the year. It’s apparent in everything from new year’s resolutions to gym & health or fitness commitments – all becoming the talk of the majority of conversations for the next 45 days and longer. So, if you’re like the rest of us who don’t necessarily gravitate to implementing new year’s resolutions but utilize each day as another tool to live your best life. Living a life of success in 2017 starts with taking the steps today and recognizing how those daily steps will help you reach the bigger end-goals next year.
HERE ARE OUR 10 ANTI-AGING TIPS FOR 2017 TO GET YOU MOVING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION FOR A NEW YEAR, NEW START AND BEGINNING. THE ART IS UNDERSTANDING THAT EVERY DAY IS A NEW BEGINNING, AND NOW, THIS VERY MOMENT, IS ALWAYS A GOOD TIME TO START ANEW. START BY CHANGING A FEW THINGS NOW AND YOU WILL BEGIN TO FEEL THE DIFFERENCE OVER TIME.
Top 10 Anti-Aging Tips for 2017
- Eat Healthier. Nutrition is Everything.
- Sleep/Rest is Pivotal. Meditation too.
- Protect Your Skin.
- Develop an Exercise Regime.
- Defy Time. (No Smoking & Drinking or Sugar)
- Cultivate Friendships (Create New Opportunities)
- Help Others. Volunteer/Give, Donate.
- Laugh More.
- Learn More.
- Develop a “No Fear – Mentality”
Eat Healthier. Nutrition is Everything.
Forget the food pyramid, meet the portion plate – You might remember the food pyramid from school. It featured 6 to 11 servings coming from grain, cereals, rice and pasta, followed by ever smaller quantities of vegetables, fruits, protein, dairy and, finally, fats, sweet and oils. But health officials have nixed the old food pyramid and instead now offer an easier visual guide: the portion plate. The portion plate is a plate with illustrated images showing how to balance fruits and veggies, proteins and grains at every meal.
Kids in school are learning about the portion plate, which suggests fruits and vegetables take up half of the plate. The remaining half should be split equally, with one quarter filled by proteins and the other taken up by whole grains. In addition to getting the balance right, filling a smaller plate is an easy way to begin to train yourself to eat the correct portion sizes. Keep in mind that one portion of meat, for example, is only about the size of a deck of cards.
Avoid processed foods in favor of those composed of raw ingredients.
Replace those sugary and salty snacks with their healthier counterparts and reorganize your daily meal plan to include six small bites as opposed to three large eating sessions. This will keep your metabolism busy all day, give you energy, and keep pounds from piling on.
Another easy trick is to avoid making sandwiches with two pieces of bread. Each piece of bread is a full serving of grains, so making half a sandwich instead of a whole sandwich can help save calories.
Fight off disease, stress, and signs of aging by upping your intake of all-powerful antioxidants too.
Sleep/Rest is Pivotal. Meditation too.
Getting more sleep should be at the top of your resolution list. Although everyone loves a little R&R, sleep brings more benefits than just indulging in sweet dreams.
Adequate sleep—which equates to about seven hours a night, although most people think they can run on less—can help you manage your weight, improve your memory, live longer, and reduce stress. All those benefits just from catching enough zzz’s every night!
There are many things you can do to sleep more soundly this upcoming year, such as sleeping in a dark room, turning off electronics 30 minutes before bed, and getting a better pillow. If your circadian rhythm, the brain mechanism that manages your sleep and wake cycles, needs some re-tuning, try taking melatonin.
Protect Your Skin.
Yes, sunscreen is one huge area of emphasis or concern. But in this case, we’re referring to protecting the entire organism – your entire body. This ideally starts with having a current up-to-date diagnosis of knowing where your health issues, concerns and medical problems stand as as of date. Scheduling your yearly physicals, body examinations and sexual history/infection tests can all give you and your doctor the necessary information to help you develop a healthier lifestyle in 2017 with the best available care.
Lower your blood pressure. Cut your sodium intake. The American Heart Association recommends consuming less than 2,300 milligrams daily, which is about a teaspoon of salt. Some people—middle-aged and older adults, people with high blood pressure and African-Americans— need less than 1,500 milligrams per day, the AHA says.
You should visit your healthcare provider regularly, even if you feel healthy.
The purpose of these visits is to:
- Screen for medical issues
- Assess your risk of future medical problems
- Encourage a healthy lifestyle
- Update vaccinations
- Help you get to know your provider in case of an illness
The list of routine medical checks or screenings include: cancer screenings, sexually transmitted diseases/infections, testicular, prostate, blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol, and yearly physicals.
Develop an Exercise Regime.
Make a commitment to fitness. In order to maintain healthy body function, a regimen of stretching, whole food nutrition, relaxation, and plenty of sleep is crucial for sustained wellness. A dynamic, yet balanced routine will help to nurture vitality, reduce the risk of injury or illness, maintain stress levels, and support immune function. Don’t just make a resolution and join a fitness center you won’t see after February—make a commitment and build fitness into your schedule. Join a class at your fitness club, an exercise group or a team sport. Or, if you can afford it, hire a trainer. Doing any of these things will not only make your workouts more productive, but they will also be more fun.
Defy Time. (Cut the Smoking, Drinking & Sugar)
This year, make a resolution to look and feel younger every day. Start by cutting out those wrinkle-inducing habits like smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, and over-indulging in processed sugars.
Make hydration your new best friend. Prioritize drinking enough water throughout the day and hydrate your skin daily from top to bottom.
To reduce wrinkles and firm up your face without drying out your skin, reach for retinol. This anti-aging formula has been perfected over the last three decades and includes a number of anti-aging catalysts, such as snow algae and summer snowflake.
Moisturize, oxygenate and hydrate your skin while reducing the signs of aging for smoother, younger looking skin, and a younger feeling soul.
Cultivate Friendships (Create New Opportunities)
Always keep friends close. Time passes and life isn’t promised. Work schedules, family obligations; life gets in the way of friendships. So spend more time cultivating and building upon current or old relationships; as well as developing newer ones. Refresh your network. Have a host of contacts you’ve lost touch with over the last few months? Pull up those numbers and refresh your network!
Now is the perfect time to check in and keep your network working for you.
Help Others. Volunteer/Give, Donate.
You can’t delight everybody all the time but you can do something extraordinary for someone each day. Find a customer, colleague, relative or a friend each day and do something remarkable. Using the one-a-day principle will make your business and life remarkable.—Mark Sanborn, leadership development speaker and author of the best-selling book The Encore Effect.
Want to extend your lifespan? Think about regularly assisting at a soup kitchen or coaching a basketball team at an at-risk high school. Research has shown that these kinds of activities can improve health in ways that can lengthen your lifespan—volunteers show an improved ability to manage stress and stave off disease as well as reduced rates of depression and an increased sense of life satisfaction—when they were performed on a regular basis. This might be because volunteering alleviates loneliness and enhances our social lives—factors that can significantly affect our long-term health.
This is the fun stuff. Trim years off your age by adopting an active smile. Laughter and a grateful grin can do wonders for your overall glow.
There is already so much to love for laughter that it seems greedy to look for more, but that’s exactly what researchers Dr. Lee Berk and Dr. Stanley Tan at the Loma Linda University in California have done. These two doctors have researched the benefits of laughter and found amazing results:
People who laugh more lower their blood pressure, even those who start at normal levels, will reduce their risk of stroke and heart attack.
REDUCES STRESS HORMONE LEVELS: By reducing the level of stress hormones, you’re simultaneously cutting the anxiety and stress that impacts your body. Additionally, the reduction of stress hormones may result in higher immune system performance.
BOOSTS T-CELLS: T-cells are specialized immune system cells just waiting in your body for activation. When you laugh, you activate T-cells that immediately begin to help you fight off sickness. Next time you feel a cold coming on, add chuckling to your illness prevention plan.
TRIGGERS THE RELEASE OF ENDORPHINS: Endorphins are the body’s natural painkillers. By laughing, you can release endorphins, which can help ease chronic pain and make you feel good all over.
Expand your thinking with new experiences. Be a student of all you do. You must become an expert in your field. How? Read! Ask questions of mentors and peers. Attend training. Start today by identifying areas for improvement, looking for training opportunities in your field and signing up for seminars and training’s, reading or listening to personal-development material, seeking out people you would like to emulate and approaching those you’d like as your mentors. —Stedman Graham, speaker, entrepreneur and author of You Can Make It Happen: A Nine-Step Plan for Success.
Each month for 30 days in a row, commit to doing something new that you have thought about doing, but have not done, and notice how it affects your life.
Some possibilities: do aerobic exercise for 30 minutes, listen to only positive music, don’t read the newspaper, stop watching television, eat only vegetarian or raw food, verbally appreciate at least 10 people a day, get eight hours of sleep, meditate for 20 minutes, visualize your goals as already complete, do 20 minutes of yoga, read a self-help book every morning for 30 minutes, plan your next day’s schedule and prioritized to-do list before you leave work, do five things every day that forward your No. 1 goal, spend an hour with your spouse, call one of your children on the phone, write a handwritten thank-you note to someone, drink 10 glasses of water, take a nap, listen to a motivational CD on the way to work.
Develop a “No-Fear” Mentality.
Create an environment fostering your success. You might not even realize to what extent you are influenced—negatively and positively—by things and people around you. Start a journal to keep track of these influences so you can eliminate the negative and increase the positive.
For instance, if being around a certain friend always makes you feel discouraged or drained, you should limit time with that person. Nurture your emotional well-being by choosing friends who genuinely want you to succeed and who encourage you. Also, consider your environment—is your home or office dreary or energizing? And make sure to read and listen to inspirational and motivational material. Make it a point to go to funny movies or watch a TV sitcom that makes you laugh. Increase your productivity.
Your New Year’s resolutions don’t have to be some far off goals, they can be attainable ways to better yourself each day. You have the power to change your current situations by developing a successful 2017 game plan for starting today.