The beginning of the year is always an exciting time, many of us try to improve ourselves yearly by making long term adjustments and resolutions such as working out, eating healthy, and spreading kindness. Unfortunately, our plans tend to fall out of place and most instances it’s due to how difficult it may be to keep up with our new goals. Starting new habits may be a stretch when it comes in between work, school and family time. Here are five ways to start putting yourself first:

1. Take the Long Way: Instead of finding all the shortcuts to life, start walking the farther distance to help keep you healthy. Opt for the stairs instead of elevators/escalators. Park your car in further spots than usual, rather than waiting for the closest one to clear up. Minor changes in your lifestyle to increase walking can be the right adjustment for you according to the American Chiropractic Association. Walking has been found to improve cardiovascular endurance, tone lower body muscles, reduce risk of heart disease, and effortlessly burn 80 calories every 2 miles your walk per hour!

2. Sleep More Efficiently: It’s no secret that healing happens overnight, so it’s about that time that you start sleeping to the best of your ability. Here is a breakdown of hours per age provided by the National Sleep Foundation.

• Newborns: 14-17 hours a day
• Infants: 12-15 hours a day
• Toddlers: 11-14 hours a day
• Ages 6-13: 9-11 hours a day
• Ages 14-17: 8-10 hours a day
• Ages 18-25: 7-9 hours a day
• Adults ages 26-64: 7-9 hours a day
• Older 65+: 7-8 hours a day

3. Stay Hydrated: Promise yourself that you will try harder to cut out carbonated drinks and reach for H2O instead. It’s the most natural way to stay hydrated, especially since your body is over 60 percent water.

4. Operation X-Cell: Challenge yourself to refrain from using your phone. Try to improve your time each day by setting a goal for yourself. Hunching down to look at our phone for hours at a time isn’t a normal angle to encounter, so start making these minor long term improvements.

5. Reduce Prescription Medication Intake: Start questioning whether or not those prescribed pills are really necessary. Do your part in improving your life by doing research and getting a consultation with a Chiropractor and more health field professionals to hear a more holistic approach to your health.

Let us know what resolutions you have for 2016 and comment below!