It’s that time of year again – New Year’s is coming. If you’re anything like us, you always have the best intentions for healthy New Year’s resolutions, but rarely do they stick. This year, we’re rethinking massive health overhauls and opting instead for upgrades. These smaller, more attainable aspirations won’t seem so overwhelming and will work to make life easier and happier rather than more stressful. Here are some of our favorite ideas for healthy New Year’s resolutions from our our tribe:

Lauren Tang – @fitavocado

“My New Year’s Upgrade is to take a walk outside for at least 15 minutes every day, whether it be first thing in the morning or during a work break. Studies show that walking boosts creativity, reduces stress, and improves overall well-being (plus it’s FREE!). It is so easy in this digital age to get stuck inside working nonstop or spend free time hunched over our phones. I’m hoping to replace that time outside moving my body!”

Mary Ellen Phipps – @milknhoneynutrition

“Pretend you’re a kid again and give yourself a bedtime. Having a set time or goal for when you’d like to be in bed by can help provide structure around your evening time, and we all know getting an adequate amount of rest is crucial to good health and productivity.”

Allison Cooper – @projectmotherhood

“This might be super ordinary, but my healthy New Year’s resolution is to always keep a glass of water by my bed and chug it when I first wake up in the morning for a hydration boost. It really does help kick my day off to a healthy start!”

Emily Nolan – @iamemilynolan

“My upgrade is to ‘let it be known when you’re present.’ For example, if I’m working on an email on my phone, I’ll tell whoever I’m with, ‘I’m working on an email for the next two minutes and I’m all yours after that.’ This allows me to carve out time for each party instead of multitasking and giving each important person less attention than they deserve.”

Ali Bonar – @avokween

“I love listening to a podcast while doing passive tasks: folding laundry, walking the dog, or cooking dinner. Unless you’re really feelin’ a good jam sesh with your Spotify playlist, podcasts are a great music upgrade — because you can learn something new while doing mundane tasks.”  


Jamie Hess – @nycfitfam

“Schedule your workouts! I know this one might seem obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people leave their workouts up to chance. I schedule my workouts like I’d schedule anything else important in my life… once it’s an appointment in my calendar, it becomes absolutely non-negotiable. I know I’m better in the mornings, so I meet with my hubby on Sunday nights to plan my morning workouts for the week, including delegating childcare. I pack my bag the night before and get my breakfast ready so everything is easy at 5am when I’m stumbling around in the dark!”

Bianca Klotsman – @holisticrx

“My healthy New Year’s resolution this year is to be more present and grateful. Taking more time to spend with the people closest to me and less time behind the screen. I would also like to start incorporating more yoga and meditation into my routine to ground myself.”

Hanna Griffin – @hmgriff11

“My healthy New Year’s resolution would be to go to bed earlier, to be on my phone less, to drink more water, and to be more intentional with my priorities everyday!”