Six manageable nutrition and physical activity resolutions — pick one!

Published: January 23, 2024

We know that regularly making healthy choices can be challenging. Between commitments at work and daily demands at home, finding the time, energy, and attention to focus on individual health and wellness can seem unrealistic. And setting too many goals may quickly overwhelm someone looking to make positive changes.

According to Lokesh Shahani, MD, PhD, MPH, associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at UTHealth Houston McGovern Medical School, resolution-setters should start with one goal over the course of six months so they can put all their mental energy and focus into keeping the resolutions.

Now that we’re about three weeks into 2024, the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living has assembled six achievable nutrition and physical activity resolutions for families and kids.

  1. Add fruit to breakfast

Make breakfast tasty by adding colorful fruits to your breakfast menu. Whether it’s a refreshing berry parfait or an orange alongside your omelette, fruit will add a burst of flavor and give you essential vitamins to start your day with a big smile.

  1. Take fun 10-minute walks

Turn walks into musical adventures with a special playlist. Start with a beat that pumps you up, switch to a song that makes you want to dance, and cool down with a calm tune for a relaxed stroll.

  1. Drink water first thing in the morning

Begin your morning routine with a healthy choice: a glass of water. This simple choice will help you digest foods and freshen your breath, ensuring you start the day hydrated.

  1. Build strength with wall push-ups

Beginner-friendly wall push-ups engage arm, shoulder, and chest muscles. Try two sets of 15 every day. You can increase the number or move to ground push-ups as your strength increases.

  1. Add dark green veggies to your menu

Dark green veggies, like broccoli, spinach, and kale, help your body in several ways. Rich in vitamins and antioxidants, these vegetables support your digestion and immune system.

  1. Stretch before dinner

Stretching helps keep your muscles strong and flexible. Incorporating stretching into your pre-dinner routine will ensure you support your body’s ability to move nimbly.

Written by Kirsten Handler, communication specialist at the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living.