According to a recent survey, many people prepare health-related resolutions to celebrate the arrival of the New Year. While some have decided to resume their gym membership, the others have promised to cut back on unhealthy diets.
Let’s be honest; following such resolutions is not always easy. In fact, many people abandon their resolutions in the first quarter of the year.
However, considering the repercussions of the Covid-19 pandemic, prioritizing health is important now more than ever. You need to do something to strengthen your immune system. Plus, now that the holiday season is officially over, it is time to compensate for all those indulgent dinners and binge-eating treats and cookies.
Thus, if you are also concerned about your health, this article can help you find some fun ways to meet your goals. Here we have curated a list of easy and fun challenges for you to try and have a healthy new year.
- Water Challenge
Drinking enough water and staying hydrated is important for your body to function normally. It also helps flush out toxins from the body and keep your internal organs and skin healthy. Even mild dehydration can end up draining your energy levels, making you feel tired throughout the day.
In a recent survey, many people admit that they often forget to consume water. In fact, some of them also find their water bottles untouched at the end of the day. If you are also one of them, you should know that it is not good.
By opting for a water challenge, you can keep track of how many glasses of water you had throughout the day. The challenge involves setting up a specific target and achieving it before going to bed. Taking up the water challenge doesn’t mean that you drink a gallon of water in one go. The whole idea is to track your water intake and keep drinking it at regular intervals.
It is important to strategically divide your water consumption throughout the day. For example, make sure you have a glass of water first thing in the morning. You can have some before and after your meals. To avoid missing water consumption, setting reminders on your smartphone may work wonders in fulfilling your set target every day.
- Neti pot challenge
During the 2020 lockdown, there were many challenges that caught insane popularity on social media. And the neti pot challenge was one of them. For those who don’t know, neti pot is one of the popular home-based treatments for nasal congestion. It helps in restoring the ease of breathing by clearing out mucus.
Since the winter season is all about allergies and the common cold, opting for the neti pot challenge can help you get through the season with any respiratory issues. For this, all you’ve to do is prepare a saline solution and add a few drops of Essential Oils in order to enjoy some extra support and maximize the effect of the challenge.
The only thing you need to keep in mind with this challenge is to learn how to use it, the right way. Here are the steps that you need to follow:
- Use a sterile container to mix the ingredients.
- Turn your head to a 45-degree angle and place the spout into your upper nostril.
- Make sure the pot doesn’t touch your septum.
- Try to breathe through your mouth and start raising the handle of the pot.
You know you are doing it right when the solution starts entering into one nostril and starts getting drained from the other. Repeat the process with the other nostril, and once you are done, blow your nose and gargle with water.
Perform the neti pot challenge once or twice a day for a week, and you’ll find instant relief from nasal congestion.
- Sleep challenge
Sleeping for at least 8 hours a night is important for your physical and mental well-being. Studies show that many Americans are not even getting half of the recommended amount of sleep. And, lack of sleep can make you feel drained, affecting your mental health.
Thus, if you cannot get enough sleep, opting for a sleeping challenge can help you with some. The challenge involves fixing your sleeping schedule to achieve the target of 80 hours of restful sleep each night.
Make sure to take care of everything that may disrupt your sleeping pattern. For instance, refrain from using your smartphone or laptop before going to bed as they signal your brain that it is time to stay awake. Try taking a long and warm bath before going to bed to calm down your nerves.
Once you fix your sleep schedule with the help of this challenge, you’ll notice a significant change in your physical and mental health.
- No junk food challenge
Since you had your share of treats and junk food during the holiday season, it is essential that you give your body a break with a junk food cleanse.
The no junk food challenge involves saying goodbye to all those unhealthy foods for at least two weeks. It may be a bit tough to resist the temptation at first, but the results are definitely worth the effort. Instead of those unhealthy munches, you can find healthy alternatives such as fruits and salads to satisfy your sugar or unhealthy food cravings.
- Dance challenges
Everyone knows that dancing your heart out is one of the best ways to keep your physical health in check. And you can use your dancing skills to keep your body in good shape.
Like the neti pot challenge, several dance challenges also caught popularity on social media. People were and are continually trying different choreographies and making videos on songs like ‘Savage’ and ‘Attention’.
So, pick one dance challenge every day and get your body moving. And, why not? Opting for dance challenges will help you meet your health goals and have fun.
To sum up
Staying healthy is important, and thanks to the health challenges mentioned above, you can commit to the routine. So, try all those challenges and have a healthy new year.