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Beat the New Year's Odds: Reach Your Resolutions!

By Jill Feilmeier on January 29, 2015 in Just for Kicks

Recharge Your New Year's Resolutions

Every year on January 1st, a magic motivation fills the air. New Year's resolutions lead to a path paved with wishes and gold. It's a chance to wipe the slate clean and start fresh.

Then why do only 8% of Americans follow through on their New Year's aspirations? It's important to set realistic goals and establish a routine. After all, old habits don't have to die hard!

Recharge, rethink and reinvent your resolutions:

Smile more.

In addition to improving happiness, smiling may even extend your life! A 2010 study of professional baseball players showed those who smiled genuinely in their baseball pictures lived an average of 5 years longer than players who didn’t smile. This study provides some evidence that smiling does play a role in living longer.

Be proud to show off your smile – take care of your teeth. Brush and floss daily, and visit your dentist at least 2 times this year. Dental visits can make you feel better too! Americans who visit their dentist regularly are 22% more likely to report their overall well-being as good or better, compared to those who don't visit the dentist.

Get moving.

If you have a gym membership, you know how crowded the gym can get after the holidays. There's no wonder why — “Staying fit,” is one of the top 10 New Year's resolutions, according to a recent survey.

Lacking motivation? You don't have to be on treadmill to workout. Simple household chores like washing the car, gardening or vacuuming can count as moderate exercise. Your oral and overall health are closely linked. So get moving to benefit your body and smile!

Eat well.

Maintaining a healthy diet is easier than you think! In fact, eating nutrient-rich food benefits your physique, mood and grin. Munch meals and snacks based on the USDA's  guidelines. Dietary staples include whole grains, fruits, vegetables, lean protein and low-fat dairy.

Here's a simple way to start healthy eating habits: Take an extra 5 minutes each night to plan the next day's meals. Once you get the hang of it, start scheduling each week's meals. Cooking at home is healthy and cost-efficient – all it takes is a little preparation.

Plan and practice to perfect your new healthy habits. Set realistic expectations, take baby steps and celebrate each tiny victory. Here's to your healthiest and happiest year yet!