It’s that time of year again! Each January, most of us make at least one New Year’s resolution for better health. And yet, by February or March we’ve often fallen off the wagon. What happens to cause this?

Usually, the culprit is that you’re trying to make too many drastic changes, too suddenly. And if the change isn’t something you really wanted in the first place, it can be so tempting to give up.

The good news is that even small changes can lead to better health. So, if you’re looking for obtainable goals for the new year, consider these.

Exercise more. Setting a rigorous exercise routine in January often backfires with burnout before too long. Instead, focus on exercising more than you do now. Establish a reasonable goal, such as workout out for 30 minutes a few times a week. Or, find a fun activity like tennis or biking, and engage in that more often.

Change the way you drink. Drinking in even moderate amounts can be unhealthy for numerous reasons. But if you still want to enjoy an adult beverage on occasion, then giving it up entirely might not be for you. Switch to spiked seltzer instead of gluten-heavy beer or try a glass of red wine.

Drink more water. One of the healthiest things you can do for yourself is also one of the easiest. Simply aim to drink more water throughout the day. Carry a refillable bottle, sip on it regularly, and soon this simple habit will become part of your regular routine.

Eat better. Rather than focusing on what you must give up, concentrate on including more healthy foods in your regular diet. Set a quota for fresh produce, for example, or vow to cook at home more often instead of going out.

Adjust your posture. If you suffer from regular aches and pains with no clear cause, your posture could be to blame. Adjust your office chair and monitor so that you’re looking straight ahead at your computer screen, rather than up or down. Keep your feet planted on the floor in front of you while sitting and evaluate the lumbar support of your chair. And avoid “text neck” by holding your phone straight out in front of you when using it. These three postural changes can greatly reduce soreness and stiffness.

Of course, if you still have concerns about pain or your overall health, scheduling an appointment with a chiropractor can help you find solutions. Call us to discuss your needs, and we will get started on a treatment plan to get you in better health this year.