It is that time of the year again when people commit themselves to acts of mutual and personal endeavors. New Year’s resolutions are popular, and they are an annual opportunity to dedicate oneself to creating a better future. Let’s take a look at some of the top resolutions to list down for 2016 that can keep your body in great shape:

Opt for healthier foods

Sure, people are usually bombarded with advice about healthy eating but the information they receive is mostly about what they cannot eat. The truth is, people need to know what they can eat instead. While it is challenging to reduce the enjoyment people get from food when it is not substituted with anything, there are a plethora of low-fat and tasty alternatives. If you tend to have a sweet tooth, try to avoid chocolate at first glance. Try going for some blueberries or strawberries instead. Another thing you can do is to take note of the fat content of the things you eat. Try to avoid anything that has over 5g of fat per 100g of food. Make it your New Year’s resolution to make this happen!

Exercise more

The different benefits gained from regular exercise cannot be stressed enough. Exercising on a regular basis can help you feel happier, sleep better and look younger. In the long run, regular exercise can also help you avoid a myriad of disabilities and illnesses. Did you know that the natural state of humans is to be active? Just think about it, our race is evolved from escaping from predators or even running after prey. Hence, try to go for a run either in the morning or evening, or even consider signing up for a local gym membership. If you prefer something that is less strenuous, Pilates or Yoga are beautiful alternatives.

Get more sleep to help lose weight

You might already know that having a good night’s rest can bring about wonders for your appearance and mood. However, it is more beneficial to your health than you might realize. For instance, research has shown that the lack of sleep can lead to a greater risk of type 2 diabetes and obesity. Additionally, sleep is crucial to a process called consolidation that involves strengthening memories. So in 2016, make it your resolution to get your beauty sleep!

Make an effort to smile more

It is scientifically proven that smiling helps reduce stress levels and heighten one’s sense of well-being and reinforces positive feelings. Also, it demonstrates a significant degree of kindness for others and will contribute to establishing friendship and trust. If you forget to smile at times, just try a smile! You will naturally feel happier, and the positive vibes quickly rub off on other people. What’s more, it’s free to smile!