19 Small Ways to Crush 2019

It’s just about here! A new year, and hopefully a better one. Many of us tend to go overboard and make resolutions that aren’t super realistic. Did you know that just 8% of people fulfill their new year resolutions? It’s great to shoot for the stars, but it’s far more motivational and fulfilling to make resolutions that we can actually achieve. The Pinnacle team got together to come up with some small changes you can make in 2019 to make this year the best yet.

 

  • Make more time for yourself. It’s like when you’re going through the safety talk on the airplane. They tell you to secure your own air mask before helping others. You can’t take care of those around you if you’re not taking care of yourself.

 

  • Meditate daily. Even a short, daily meditation can help improve creativity and concentration, while lowering stress.

 

  • Drink all the water in the land. We harp on it, but drinking more water is the easiest, cheapest, and most effective way to improve your health.

 

  • Invest in a desk bike. We spend a LOT of time on our devices, and for most of us, that means our computer. A desk bike is a great investment to increase your daily opportunity to work in some fitness.

 

  • Add some air purifying plants to your home and office. A few of us agreed that the Spider Plant is a really easy one to take care of that looks great. Here are several more.

 

  • Stretch daily. Stretching daily can reduce stress. It also reduces our chances of injury, especially as we age.

 

  • Hold a plank for one minute every day. Planks help strengthen your core and back muscles. They’re a simple and quick way to stay focused on your fitness, daily.

 

  • Always wear sunscreen. Year round! It can help prevent premature aging and skin cancer.

 

  • Make volunteering a weekly activity. Great communities like ours don’t make themselves. It’s also nice to kill two birds with one stone. Learn a new skill with Habitat for Humanity, or burn calories shoveling the driveways of the elderly in your neighborhood.

 

  • Get more adventurous with your cooking. Find ways to experiment with whole foods, new oils, or a different whole grain.

 

  • Add flaxseed to your smoothies. Smoothies are a great way to sneak in healthy foods that you may not like the taste of. Toss in a handful of spinach while you’re at it.

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  • Cut back on sugar where you can and opt for fresh fruits instead. Sick of going to the store to replenish your stash of fresh fruits and veggies? Delivery services are as low as $5, or free with qualifying amount.

 

  • Practice mindful eating by slowing down and taking time to taste each bite. Put down the metaphorical shovel and take time to enjoy your food. Slowing down helps you feel fuller faster, causing you to eat less.

 

  • Read nutrition facts and go for options with fewer ingredients. Be mindful of how much sugar, carbs, and unhealthy fats are in your foods.

 

  • Join or start a book club. Like it or not, the brain is a use it or lose it organ. You have to flex that muscle if you want it to stay sharp.

 

  • Spend more time outdoors. Even a short time outdoors can increase the flow of feel good hormones, help improve your memory, and improve your overall sense of wellbeing.

 

  • Join the #meatlessmonday movement. This is a world wide campaign with the aim of getting people to eat more fruits and veggies to battle diseases like diabetes, cancer, stroke, and heart disease.

 

  • Treat yourself to a massage. They’re just great, end of story.