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4 health challenging resolutions to make in 2017

With so many trends it seems as if plenty of cool and healthy initiatives slip under the radar. Well, not this time around. As the new year kicks into the high gear, you have all the more reason to get on board with some health challenges to make 2017 your best one yet - here are four of them.

1. Meatless Mondays
 This particular goal is exactly what it sounds like. It is a promise to yourself to go without meat on Mondays. This not only builds a healthier you, but this initiative has a ripple effect on the community as well. As explained on the Meatless Monday website, cutting steaks and burgers out of your diet is good for your wallet, because it can potentially reduce your healthcare bills and grocery expenses.

Further, by not consuming meat products just once a week, you are also helping the environment. This happens because over 18,000 gallons of water are needed to produce a single pound of beef, while merely 39 gallons are required for veggies. This will save water and can potentially reduce greenhouse gases, as stated on the site. Think of it as a chance to increase your omega-3, vitamin B and other nutrient intake, as many veggies and fish are rich in them. Now you have taken care of two resolutions with the effort of one. 

2. More "you" time
 A constantly underestimated factor of well-being is personal time. Mentioning that you need more "you" time may even trigger a few eye rolls in your friend group, but that alone time is crucial to your health. As explained by Alberta Health Services, a facility that specializes in mental health, it is not indulgent behavior. Consider it a necessity of life, as you would water and nutritional foods. 

If you are feeling a little out of sorts, one of the best things you can do is take a step back and be alone, explained Beth Evans, manager of Mental Health Promotion at Alberta Health Services. Kids, teenagers and adults alike require downtime to prevent stress. Go ahead, take a load off. It is for your own good.

3. Dedicate yourself to a hobby
 People always say, "I'd do this if I had more time," when it is a well-known fact that the extra hours in a day will never come. Rather than wasting energy wishing away, why not jump right into things? Commit yourself to a few extra spin classes, volunteer work or whatever it is that makes you smile. 

Sometimes all it takes is that initial push to realize that you have had the extra time all along. You may have just been dilly-dallying because you did not have evening commitments. It may actually surprise you how well you can manage time and fit more activities into your busy schedule once you make your hobby a priority.

4. Keep better track of your life
 In general, you should make it a point to keep better track of your life plans and goals. Writing down simple reminders can be a great way to hold yourself accountable. That piece of paper that says "gym" is not going to get up and walk away. It will continue to stare you down until you complete the task. 

It is normal to forget about a task or kid's soccer game from time to time, but you do not want to be that person who can not keep matters straight, do you? Of course you do not! Treat yourself to a nifty little planner so you can jot down random errands during the day that tend to slip your mind. 


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