Most wellness professionals do a pretty good job of practicing what they preach, but truth be told, they’re still human. That means there’s always room for improvement! We asked 11 doctors, trainers and nutritionists to reveal their personal resolutions for 2015. From hydration changes to new workout inspiration, their goals will help them to be better versions of themselves. Follow these leaders and get ready for your healthiest year yet. (We won’t tell if you steal their resolution and make it your own!)
11 Healthy New Year’s Resolutions from the Pros
Tammy Lakatos Shames & Lyssie Lakatos
R.D.s, Authors of " The Nutrition Twins' Veggie Cure"
"Lack of sleep throws off everything from your metabolism to your concentration to the rate at which your body ages. So in 2015 we're determined to get at least six and a half hours of sleep a night; we'll stop working or watching TV a half hour to an hour earlier to make it happen."
M.D., President, National Board of Physician Nutrition Specialists and co-author of "The Calendar Diet"
"My resolution is to start using my slow cooker, which has been collecting dust in the bottom of my cabinet for years. I just had my second child and at the end of the day it seems like the last thing my husband and I want to do is start cooking a healthy meal. We've been ordering out a lot, which hasn’t been good for either of our waistlines. With a slow cooker we could prep everything in the morning when we still have a little energy and enjoy a healthful, vegetable-filled meal in the evening."
Fitness guru, author and workout DVD star
"2015 is the year for balance and posture. My goal is to maintain a handstand for 30 seconds. I love working on arm balances because they require a high degree of awareness. To maintain posture, the body needs to be in alignment. I plan on spending five minutes, four days a week, using a wall or a TRX to help work on my inversions."
M.D., Atlanta-based internist and adjunct associate professor of Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine
"Having a regular exercise routine is good, but it can sometimes get a little boring. To help me stay engaged, I'm going to try at least one new fitness program or exercise each month."
M.D., Assistant professor of dermatology at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City
"I'm resolving to drink more water. Staying hydrated is important for your skin as well as for general health. When I'm running from patient to patient, I don't drink as much as I should or I end up drinking soda. I just bought a large, reusable cup to leave in the office. Every morning I'll fill it up at the water dispenser with the goal of finishing it by the end of the day."
Chef on NBC’s The Biggest Loser, restauranteur and cookbook author
“My dream is to make time for my personal life. I want children and I’m not getting younger, so turning down dates and doing work instead is not going to get me what I want. This past year I was so busy opening my new healthy restaurant, Devinly Decadence on Royal Caribbean Cruiselines, that I barely had time to sleep or workout — let alone go out. Love is the only thing missing in my life…and I’m not out enough to meet him."
Joseph M. Ojile
M.D., CEO and founder of Clayton Sleep Institute, and clinical professor of medicine at St. Louis University School of Medicine
"My New Year's health resolution: increased discipline on sleep, diet and exercise so that I can ski in the winter without getting injured and take a one-week vigorous cycling trip in the summer. I'm planning to exercise aerobically four or five days a week and do weight training twice a week. I'll also reduce my total calorie and carbohydrate intake by 10 percent and get to bed by 10:30 pm six nights a week." RELATED: Carb Cycling: A Daily Meal Plan to Get Started
Lifestyle expert, fitness DVD choreographer, trainer and author "I'm going to do a regular review of my life/work balance. As a fitness expert, I literally run through life without always knowing if I'm moving in the direction of my goals. So I plan on doing a monthly and quarterly review of my work, my health and my relationships using a self-assessment form I created in Google docs."
Creator of MotherFitness.com and co-founder of GetGlutes, an online fitness training system
"My resolution is to be more present-minded in my daily life. I spend much of my day on autopilot. Often I will accomplish a task, do a chore, answer a message or complete an assignment and not even remember doing it. This extends into how I interact with others. How many times do I find myself reading articles or messages on my phone when my kids are trying to talk with me? I'm going to try breathing exercises and journaling, as well as making eye contact when someone is speaking to me so I avoid doing other things."
M.D., Director of the Diabetes Reversal Program at Tufts Medical Center
"In 2015 I'm going to eat fish at least three times per week. Fish is a source of healthy protein and fat and it tastes great. It helps keep the brain, heart, muscles and rest of the body healthy. At least once a week I'm going to treat myself to my favorite — wild salmon from Alaska. I've been good this past year and I've earned it!"
Registered holistic nutritionist and founder of Naturally Savvy's GetHealthy Challenges "My resolution is to exercise more. I love hot yoga but it's hard to make time for it. Yoga helps me handle stress better and detox my body and I come up with my most creative ideas during my classes. I'm going to start scheduling three classes a week in my calendar."