December 27, 2018
With the new year comes the potential for a new-and-improved us. However, many of us often find our resolutions being thrown out alongside our holiday leftovers. If you want to get serious about your resolutions, try reframing them - break them down into smaller, more manageable goals that are easier to sustain, but will give you the same benefits in the long run!
As a leading community service organization in Chicago, we see how community involvement and making even the most minor lifestyle changes can make an impact on someone’s life for the better. Below, we’ve listed our top four New Year’s resolutions - not only are they easy to manage, they’re bound to make an impact on you and your community!
Move More: Studies show that it’s important to engage in physical activity for at least 30 minutes per day if you’re an adult; 60 minutes for children. Walking for just 30 minutes per day can boost your energy levels, mood and benefit your brain health, skin, bones and muscles, quality of sleep, and reduce your risk of chronic disease! So, head to your local YMCA and hit that treadmill - you'll (literally) be happy you did!
Check out other ways to be active at the Y by clicking here!
Swap a Soda a Day: Soda is an addiction, and it may be difficult, but cutting it out of your diet can do wonders for your body. If you can’t cut it entirely, resolve to swap at least one soda per day for a large glass of water. Drinking soda increases your risk of developing chronic heart disease, kidney disease and osteoporosis. It also destroys your tooth enamel, and even impairs learning, memory and behavioral plasticity.
Once you’ve swapped one out, see if you can build up to cutting out soda entirely - your body will thank you!
Schedule Family-Time: In today’s world, we often find ourselves juggling work, school, our children’s extracurriculars, and a host of other activities. Creating valuable family-time can then seem like an impossible task…
Each week, try to schedule a “screen-free” night with no phones, video games, tablets, etc. Instead, use that time to play a board game, take a trip to the zoo, visit a museum, go bowling or even attend your local Y's monthly family-friendly events! Your kids may complain now, but they’ll be thankful you made the effort to spend time together when they look back on all of the fun times you shared!
Volunteer Your Time: Social responsibility is one of the four core values of the YMCA. Giving back to your community isn’t just a personally rewarding experience, it’s also a way to meet new people or discover a new interest!
Find a volunteer opportunity in your community, such as reading to children at the library, visiting with patients at the hospital, coaching a local youth sports team or distributing food at a local food bank. Giving back plays a vital role in creating and maintaining strong communities, so get out there, volunteer, and watch your community thrive!
Check out the many volunteer opportunities at your local Y by clicking here!