It’s that time again. Everyone’s talking about getting a fresh start to the year ahead, and for many, that means setting resolutions – especially regarding health and wellness.
However, a Forbes Health survey found that the average New Year’s resolution only lasts for about four months. It’s common to set lofty health goals, but the bigger your resolution is, the harder it is to preserve.
Admit it: you’ve probably made vague resolutions like “eat healthier” or “save money” multiple times, but they just never seem to stick. You’re not alone!
But in 2024, it’s time to do something different. Let’s talk about setting realistic goals for the new year that will support your health and make long-term impacts.
Here are five achievable New Year’s resolutions that can work for anyone.
(1) Schedule Regular Health Checkups
If you’re looking for a great starting point, get all of your annual checkups booked – and we mean all of them.
Committing to preventative healthcare is arguably the best New Year’s resolution you can make. Whether you’re worried about heart disease or skin cancer, weight gain or blood sugar, regular checkups allow you to stay on top of your biggest health concerns.
Roughly 8 out of every 10 Americans reportedly attended routine exams in the past year, but that still leaves millions who didn’t. Do yourself a favor and schedule that annual checkup with your primary care provider now.
If necessary, you should also schedule appointments with specialists you may need to see, such as a dermatologist, OBGYN, or gastroenterologist.
It’s not just about keeping an eye on your health – it’s about establishing long-term, beneficial partnerships with healthcare providers. When your providers know you well, they’re able to provide more tailored, effective care throughout your lifetime.
Note: this is an especially important New Year’s resolution if you’ve switched insurances in 2024. Finding new providers is a pain, but it’s crucial to get your intake appointments on the calendar.
(2) Stay on Top of Your Medications
If you’ve already scheduled your doctor’s appointments, another healthy New Year’s resolution is to recommit to your medication routine.
It doesn’t matter what medication you’ve been prescribed – in many cases, your adherence to the proper schedule is just as important as the treatment itself. According to recent U.S.-based studies, nonadherence to prescribed medication schedules can account for…
- Up to 50% of treatment failures
- As many as 125,000 deaths annually
- Up to 25% of hospitalizations
In other words, staying on top of your medications is an essential part of ensuring your overall well-being, especially if you have chronic conditions.
The question is, what can you do to better manage your meds in 2024?
Tips for Medication Adherence
One of the top strategies is to use a pill organizer, as well as a medication reminder app on your smartphone such as the RXLocal App. This app helps you set medication alerts and speak directly to Klingensmith’s Drug Stores for refills and additional information.
Our pharmacies also offer two key aids for medication adherence:
- MedSync: This program is designed to reduce the stress associated with prescriptions. By enrolling, you can refill all of your medications like clockwork and synchronize your orders, making life a little simpler.
- Kling’s Script Packs. If you’re not a fan of bulky medication trays (and refilling them weekly), these Script Packs organize all of your medications into simple packages. Take all of your prescribed medications at once, eliminating confusion and hassle.
Ultimately, it doesn’t matter how you decide to get on top of your medication schedule – it’s just important that you do. If your goal is to forge a healthier relationship with your meds in 2024, speak to one of our pharmacists today. We’re here to help!
(3) Increase Your Water Intake
Did you know that nearly half of all U.S. adults aren’t drinking enough water every day? That’s why another one of the best healthy New Year’s resolutions is to simply increase your water intake.
The benefits of proper hydration cannot be overstated. Water is critical to our well-being, playing a key role in nutrient delivery, joint health, organ functioning, and so much more.
If you’re chronically dehydrated, you increase the risk of many health problems, including (but certainly not limited to)…
- Muscle damage
- Kidney stones
- High blood pressure
- Urinary tract infections
- A less effective immune system
Easy Hydration Tips
Fortunately, proper hydration doesn’t have to be difficult. Aim to drink about six to eight glasses a day, but more importantly, start carrying water with you regularly – especially after engaging in physical activity. The more exercise you participate in, the more water your body needs.
If you’re a fan of sodas, coffees, and other beverages, try to swap some of them out for a good old-fashioned glass of water. Although other drinks can still hydrate the body, plain water is hands-down the best option for quick, efficient hydration.
As soon as you start prioritizing water intake throughout your day, you’ll likely notice an improvement in your overall well-being – and it’s a pretty realistic goal for anyone in 2024.
(4) Start a Better Bedtime Routine
Are you hoping to get better sleep in 2024? That’s a great goal! Quality rest is indispensable in many areas of personal well-being, including brain performance, mood, and physical health.
However, don’t confuse sleep quantity with sleep quality.
Yes, we should all aim to get at least seven hours of sleep per night, but we should also prioritize bedtime routines that allow us to decompress and slip into a deep, rejuvenating sleep.
When we focus on cultivating a nightly bedtime routine, we increase the likelihood of falling asleep quickly and fully. Furthermore, a well-established routine helps regulate our bodies’ circadian rhythm, which helps maintain hormonal balance and consistent sleep-wake cycles.
If you have a hard time falling asleep at night, you may need to manage stress more strategically before climbing into bed. Try focusing on eliminating bad habits, like too much screen time or physical activity at night.
Additionally, consider incorporating relaxing, peaceful activities into your evening agenda, such as filling out a gratitude journal or taking a warm bath.
Prioritizing your mental health and sleep quality go hand in hand, so don’t underestimate the value of decompressing with a nighttime routine. It might take a few weeks to truly experience the health benefits, but trust us: they’ll come.
(5) Cook With More Veggies
Lastly, we want to touch on one element of diet improvement. Considering that 47% of U.S. respondents told Statistisa that they aim to eat healthier in 2024, we’d be remiss not to touch on food at least a little.
However, we are not going to encourage you to participate in some fad diet in an attempt to lose weight. Reach suggests that “diets” tend to only provide short-term results, which is why we recommend developing more sustainable lifestyle habits.
More specifically, one of the best things you can do is incorporate more healthy vegetables into your daily routine. When we eat more vegetables, we can reap many benefits for our well-being, including…
- Lower risks of heart disease and stroke
- Improved digestion
- More stable blood sugar levels
- Improved blood pressure levels
As far as New Year’s resolutions regarding food go, our hot take is to focus more on adding healthy things to your diet than on taking things away. Cutting out all junk food is way harder (and less realistic) than simply throwing some green veggies into one or two of your daily meals.
Not very comfortable cooking vegetables at home? Try searching for a new recipe or buying more frozen veggies that are easy to throw in dishes. Remember: adopting a healthy daily routine and diet is a sprint, not a marathon, so pace yourself accordingly.
Start a Healthy New Year With Our Help
Hopefully, this blog post has given you some more realistic ideas for your New Year’s resolutions, as well as general tips for reaping the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.
Whether you want this to be a year of personal growth or improved physical health, we’re here to help. Klingensmith’s Drug Stores has locations throughout Pennsylvania, and we’re here to help you pursue all of your wellness goals in 2024.