Happy New Year

This New Year, Instead of giving something up, consider making a new healthy habit.

 Try the gym

Working out is one of the best things anyone can do for themselves. The real challenge is being consistent. Even if you work out for 10 minutes, if you’re doing it five days a week it counts as a healthy habit. The options are countless, its as easy as joining a gym, taking a class, or downloading a workout app. Pick something you can stick to and the only thing you’ll be giving up is inches.

Try meditating

You don’t have to be a monk to meditate or experience the anxiety- and stress-reducing benefits of meditation. There are a variety of different ways to meditate, which can make it easy to get overwhelmed. Rest assured, it’s just as easy to practice. Meditation apps exist that can guide you through short exercises and teach you gradually how to turn off your brain for your benefit.

Eat more vegetables and drink more water

So much of New Year’s resolutions are about keeping food out of your mouth, we frequently forget about putting good stuff in it. Research shows that nearly half of Americans don’t drink enough water, and don’t even get us started on vegetables. So before you give up carbs or chocolate, consider diluting it with eight glasses of water and some spinach.

Start volunteering

While giving up something in the New Year can make you feel crazy, giving something back will make you feel great. Donating money, food and clothing are all awesome contributions, but those feel-good moments don’t always stick with you.

Volunteering for a cause you’re passionate about allows you to feel that for as long as you can commit to it, while giving you a chance to become a part of a larger community. Those experiences could lead to new friendships, career opportunities and more in the coming year.

One thing is for sure — taking action will get you further than deprivation ever did, no matter where you end up.