If you're resolved to live a healthful new year, look beyond exercising and eating right. From spending less time on your smartphone to establishing lasting habits, we asked experts in tech, medicine, finance and beyond to offer practical advice for a well-rounded 2020. 

Instead of making New Year's resolutions focused on outcomes – for example, losing a certain amount of weight – New York Times bestselling author James Clear suggested asking yourself: "Who is the type of person that can achieve those outcomes?"

The question goes a layer deeper and hones in on identity, the "Atomic Habits" author said.

"Build a habit that reinforces that identity," Clear said, and "master the art of showing up." "Every action you take is like a vote for the type of person you want to become."

To measure progress, he advised creating feedback that matches the frequency of the habit. He offered the example of his parents, who swim every day. They won't notice a physical change in their bodies every time they get out of the pool, but his dad will cross off each day he swims with an X on a calendar to track that habit.

More in category

'Stealth Transmission' of COVID-19 Demands Widespread Mask Usage
March 28, 2020Medscape
'Stealth Transmission' of COVID-19 Demands Widespread Mask Usage
What Does It Mean To Be Heteroflexible? Here's What To Know
March 29, 2020mindbodygreen
What Does It Mean To Be Heteroflexible? Here's What To Know
A 20-Minute Guided Meditation For Times Of Uncertainty Or Unknown
March 29, 2020mindbodygreen
A 20-Minute Guided Meditation For Times Of Uncertainty Or Unknown
The 4 Ways mbg's Co-Founder Is Handling Unprecedented Anxiety
March 29, 2020mindbodygreen
The 4 Ways mbg's Co-Founder Is Handling Unprecedented Anxiety
Coronavirus Crisis Awakens a Sleeping Giant: China’s Youth
March 28, 2020The NY Times
Coronavirus Crisis Awakens a Sleeping Giant: China’s Youth
One Shop Became a Lifeline for Rhode Island’s Solitary Clam Fishermen
March 27, 2020The NY Times
One Shop Became a Lifeline for Rhode Island’s Solitary Clam Fishermen
COVID-19: Telemedicine Gets Real, Real Fast Across Neurology
March 27, 2020Medscape
COVID-19: Telemedicine Gets Real, Real Fast Across Neurology
FDA OKs Emergency Use of Convalescent Plasma for COVID-19 Patients
March 27, 2020Medscape
FDA OKs Emergency Use of Convalescent Plasma for COVID-19 Patients
Have Downstairs Neighbors? Here's A Jump-Free HIIT Workout To Keep The Peace
March 28, 2020mindbodygreen
Have Downstairs Neighbors? Here's A Jump-Free HIIT Workout To Keep The Peace
Coronavirus Social: Patient Questions, Daily Dispatch, Infographics
March 27, 2020Medscape
Coronavirus Social: Patient Questions, Daily Dispatch, Infographics
The “Sunshine Vitamin” Could Do More Than Just Boost Your Mood
March 27, 2020Runner's World
The “Sunshine Vitamin” Could Do More Than Just Boost Your Mood
Coronavirus Live Updates: Over 600,000 Cases Worldwide as Hospital Ship Prepares to Head to New York
March 28, 2020The NY Times
Coronavirus Live Updates: Over 600,000 Cases Worldwide as Hospital Ship Prepares to Head to New York
New Rochelle, Once a Coronavirus Hot Spot, May Now Offer Hope
March 27, 2020The NY Times
New Rochelle, Once a Coronavirus Hot Spot, May Now Offer Hope
Under Intense Criticism, Trump Says Government Will Buy More Ventilators
March 27, 2020The NY Times
Under Intense Criticism, Trump Says Government Will Buy More Ventilators
Some U.S. Cities Could Have Coronavirus Outbreaks Worse Than Wuhan’s
March 27, 2020The NY Times
Some U.S. Cities Could Have Coronavirus Outbreaks Worse Than Wuhan’s
What Coronavirus Precautions Do You Really Need?
March 27, 2020WebMD
What Coronavirus Precautions Do You Really Need?
Getting In Your Daily Steps Can Reduce Your Risk of Diabetes and High Blood Pressure
March 23, 2020healthline
Getting In Your Daily Steps Can Reduce Your Risk of Diabetes and High Blood Pressure
CDC: Separate Moms With Coronavirus From Newborns
March 27, 2020WebMD
CDC: Separate Moms With Coronavirus From Newborns
Feeling Overwhelmed? Here Are 5 Ways To Turn Inward & Ease Anxiety
March 27, 2020mindbodygreen
Feeling Overwhelmed? Here Are 5 Ways To Turn Inward & Ease Anxiety
5 Bodyweight Exercises An Olympic Sprinter Is Doing On Repeat
March 27, 2020mindbodygreen
5 Bodyweight Exercises An Olympic Sprinter Is Doing On Repeat
U.S. Now Leads World in Coronavirus Cases
March 27, 2020WebMD
U.S. Now Leads World in Coronavirus Cases