19 Resolutions That Are SO Much Better Than Going On A Diet

    Diets are the worst. But healthy living is awesome!

    It's that time of year again.

    And you know what that means...

    And then there's this.

    And this.

    And most definitely this.

    But here's a thought... what if this year you choose a resolution that ISN'T about losing weight?

    Look, it's not exactly a secret that diets suck. And anyone who goes on diets over and over again knows firsthand that they often don't even really work, at least not in the long run.

    What if instead of focusing on losing X pounds in Y weeks, you focused on something else?

    1. Do a plank every day, and add five seconds to your time each week.

    2. Prepare a week's worth of healthy snacks for yourself every Sunday, so that you're munching on healthy foods when you get hungry throughout the week.

    3. Build yourself a standing desk.

    4. Meditate for five to 10 minutes a day.

    5. Eat less added sugar each day.

    6. Walk for at least half an hour every day.

    Developing a walking habit may help you stay healthier and more physically active as you age, according to research on people in their seventies and eighties, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Walking can also strengthen your bones, improve your mood, and help you manage certain medical conditions, per the Mayo Clinic.

    7. Or, if you're ambitious, aim for 10,000 steps per day.

    Download the app Moves on your phone to get a rough estimate of your steps for absolutely no money. Or if you wanna shell out, go for an entry-level Fitbit, which you can attach to your bra, shoelaces, belt loops... you name it.

    8. Get seven to nine hours of good sleep every night.

    9. Cut out all soda. Cut it out!

    10. Pack a healthy salad for lunch at least three or four days a week.

    11. Or if you're up for it, try to eat some form of veggies in every meal. For lunch and dinner, see if the veggies can take up at least half of your plate!

    12. Limit yourself to no more than three alcoholic drinks a week.

    13. Or you could eat less salt.

    14. Do an exercise that makes your heart pump at least three times a week.

    15. Eat a healthy breakfast every morning.

    16. Learn to cook a few healthy meals that you love, and make sure that you cook them at least three nights a week.

    17. Seriously, stop smoking cigarettes.

    18. Become a morning person!

    19. Take at least one yoga class each week.