When you create your list of resolutions for the New Year, you need to consider the following ways to improve your overall health this year. Losing weight, getting in shape, or becoming more health conscience are common resolutions, but these tips go above and beyond the simple “get fit” tips and give you some practical ways to improve your life and health this year.

Change The Way You Think About Food

Food is the fuel that gives your body the energy it needs to get through the day. Eating is not a way to socialize, although it is tied to many social events. This year, instead of looking forward to a party because of the food, think about how you can catch up with someone you haven’t seen in years. You can eat something healthy before you go. Put food in its rightful place. Eating should simply be a way to power your body.

Join an Exercise Community

You might be screaming foul right about now. Didn’t we say these tips wouldn’t be the same as all the other resolution lists out there? Don’t worry, we weren’t lying. This tip isn’t encouraging you simply to “get fit.” This is instead telling you that you should join a encouraging community with the same goals. Two of the most popular right now are the Cross Fit and Yoga movements. These two types of fitness offer you a way to get in shape and a community to become a part. The people you build relationships with will help you stick to your fitness goals after all your New Year’s enthusiasm is waning.

Make Room For Rest

You might not consider sleeping that important and you might even find yourself skimping on sleeping simply to catch up with chores that you didn’t get done before the new year. This year, you should make sleep a priority! A good night’s rest will increase your ability to concentrate on promoting weight loss.

Most importantly, stick to your goals. When the tough gets going, it’s tempting to give up and go back to your old routine.