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How to keep your New Year's resolutions on track
Many people start the new year with great intentions. But here we are a month later, the weather is rough, and sometimes, things slip by. Don't stress - you're allowed to be human!
If you haven't made as much progress as you'd like on your New Year's goals just yet, it's time to reset and give them another try. Keep a few of these tips in mind to help you succeed at your resolutions.
Assess your goals
Setting smaller, more attainable milestones can help you achieve your goals. So try to aim for smaller steps to make them more achievable. Your calendar can help you recommit to your plan!
Mondays are not only the start of your work week, but also a fresh start to achieving your goals. Maybe it can motivate you to hit the gym, or make healthier food choices when shopping to keep your body in tune.
Don't let cold and flu season sideline you from working out or getting outdoors. Even if you aren't currently dealing with these issues, you can keep them away by rinsing your sinuses with nasal wash kits and using moisturizing saline sprays during the winter when the air tends to be drier.
And at night, non-medical relief items like steam inhalers not only help to help drive off congestion and sinus discomfort, but are also FSA-eligible.
Are sore muscles delaying your workout regimen goal. Heating wraps applied to tight muscles can help increase blood flow, bringing nutrient-rich blood to aching muscles. This can help heal and alleviate soreness and discomfort.
Physical therapists also recommend using FSA-eligible ice packs to achy joints after your workout to help reduce swelling and soreness after your workout.
We've discussed the importance of quality sleep before. But that's because we're firm believers in the restorative power of sleep, and how something as simple as proper rest can help you on your way to hitting those resolution goals.
If you're not feeling quite rested enough, there's no harm in checking with your doctor to make sure everything is alright, and that there's nothing interfering with your sleep. Take this opportunity to discuss the possibility of any problems, including sleep apnea, which is common, but should be addressed, nonetheless.
After your checkup (and an easy sleep test) a doctor can determine if you have sleep apnea, and make a decision about corrective surgery or using a CPAP machine, which can help maintain steady breathing while you sleep. These machines can be life-savers, but they need to be maintained and cleaned to work properly.
Thankfully, a wide range of CPAP machine cleaners are FSA-eligible, so you can keep the machine, your breathing, and your rest in good working order.
With proper rest, you might just find it easier to tackle all the other health and fitness resolutions on your list, getting you right back on track to own 2018.