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February 3rd, 2023
The month of December was a great time to reflect on the past and set goals for a healthier, happier future. However, if you were too occupied by the fun of the season to think of this, this is another opportunity to plan for the new year and making healthy new year’s resolutions can help you achieve your plans.
But let’s be candid. It is one thing to make new year’s resolutions and another thing to keep them. So, how can we make healthy resolutions that are not only good for us but also easy to keep? We have done the job of putting together some simple resolutions you can easily adhere to.
Here are some healthy new year’s resolutions that you can stick to:
Staying hydrated is important for our overall health and well-being, yet many of us don’t get enough water. Drinking water doesn’t just quench our thirst, it aids in the digestion of food, maintains our body temperature, removes wastes and bacteria from the bladder, etc.
A simple way to stick to this resolution of increasing your water intake is to carry a water bottle with you throughout the day and aim to drink at least eight cups of water per day.
Processed foods are often high in added sugars, sodium, and unhealthy fats, and they can contribute to weight gain and an increased risk of chronic diseases while fruits and vegetables are packed with essential vitamins and minerals, and can help reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease and cancer.
Make a resolution to eat fewer processed foods and instead opt for nutrient-dense whole, unprocessed foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Also, make it a goal to eat at least one serving of fruit and one serving of vegetables at each meal.
Lack of sleep can lead to various health problems, including weight gain, diabetes, and heart disease. Just as an Irish proverb says “A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book.”, getting enough sleep rejuvenates your whole body and boosts your mood.
Make a resolution to get at least seven hours of sleep per night by setting a consistent bedtime, avoiding screens before bed, and creating a relaxing sleep environment.
Exercising regularly is one of the best things you can do for your overall health. Regular physical activity has numerous benefits, including improved mental health, improved blood circulation, increased energy levels, and reduced risk of chronic diseases.
Research has shown that exercising regularly reduces the risk of major illnesses by 50%. Aim to get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity exercise per week. This can be as simple as going for a brisk walk or bike ride, jogging with your dog, or joining a local fitness class.
Chronic stress can have negative effects on our physical and mental health, it affects the heart and blood vessels thereby leading to an increased risk of stroke, obesity, hypertension, and heart attack, so it’s important to find ways to manage it.
Consider incorporating stress-reducing activities into your routine, such as meditation, yoga, or journaling. You could also try to set aside time each day for activities that you find relaxing, such as reading, listening to music, or taking a hot bath.
If you’re a smoker, quitting is one of the best things you can do for your health. Smoking increases the risk of numerous chronic diseases, including lung cancer and heart disease.
Quitting smoking is not easy, but there are many resources available to help you, including nicotine replacement therapy, prescription medications, and support groups.
While a glass of wine or a beer can be enjoyable, overconsumption of alcohol can have negative effects on your health. Make a resolution to limit your alcohol intake to the recommended guidelines of no more than one drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men.
Helping others can have numerous benefits for our mental and physical health. Research has revealed that volunteering decreases the rate of depression and anxiety, mainly for people 65 years and older. Make a resolution to volunteer or give back to your community in some way, whether it’s through donating your time or resources.
It’s important to stay up-to-date with your health screenings and check-ups. Make a resolution to schedule regular check-ups with your healthcare provider and follow their recommendations for screenings and immunizations.
Making healthy resolutions is a great way to start the new year. By making small, achievable goals, you can set yourself up for success and make lasting changes to your health and well-being. We are ready and available 24/7 to respond to your enquiry on how to live a healthier and happier life. Don’t hesitate to contact us!
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