It’s that time of the year – when you have to examine your life and make new resolutions. So often, we plan how we are going to work towards getting wealthier. However, we forget the greatest wealth of them all – your health. As the new year promises new beginnings and second chances, it’s time you invest in your health. You have to plan how you’ll work out more and eat healthier regularly. The moment you invest in your health, it becomes easier to realize other resolutions. While it’s hard to stick to most new year’s resolutions, it takes courage to even make them. But still, you can try working towards them if you have a good plan in place and the heart to do it. To help you make resolutions for your healthiest year yet and be able to stick to them, here are 12 amazing ideas:
- Commit to a Fitness Class
There is an array of physical fitness classes that you can enroll in. You just have to find a class that gives you working out routines that you can practice on your own when you are at home. The routines should not demand so much use of working out tools and equipment. For example, you can join a yoga studio or enroll in a local fitness class. The idea is to be able to find a fitness center where you can engage in something that you really enjoy doing.
- Observe Mindful Eating
It’s common to see most people eating with the eyes fixed on the TV or on their smartphones. Such distractions do not give you the time to realize how much you are consuming. You may be overeating without noticing. In mindful eating, you free yourself from any distraction so as you can measure how much you are consuming. This is according to Diane Vizthum, an expert nutritionist. Besides, you are likelier to enjoy your food more when you are not distracted.
- Relax More
According to Rachael Salas, a sleep expert for Johns Hopkins, you have to stop everything when it’s sleeping time and rest. Sleep helps your body to relax. The National Sleep Foundation suggests that you should have at least 7 hours of sleep a night. To get the most out of your sleep, you should learn to go to bed early and try dimming the light in your room.
- Take More Water
According to Ralie McAllister, a family physician and founder of the Mummy MDD Guides, making the decision to take water instead of soda immensely pushes you in the right direction in as far as your health is concerned. Experts recommend at least 8 glasses of water a day. The water helps in the digestion process and it also boosts your plasma volume. You are able to stay away from dehydration effects such as feeling headachy and becoming sluggish.
- Quit Fad Diets
If losing weight is one of your new year’s resolutions, then this idea is a must-practice. According to Nadia Rodman, a food expert at Curves Health Clubs and Fitness Center for Women, you should channel your efforts towards eating healthy if you are planning to shed off some weight. Though it may be quite unfair to say everything is wrong with fad diets, the health concerns outweigh the benefits. You, therefore, have to put a stop on them.
- Practice Gratitude
What are you grateful for? You need to take time to answer this question as it’s key to appreciating life more. Though everything may not be going well for you all the time, you should try to appreciate those that do in the new year. According to Susan Lehmann, a psychiatrist, reminding yourself about the small positive things in your life is important in developing a healthier mentality and improving your general wellbeing.
- Use Green Products
Every month, there are campaigns for using natural and eco-friendly products at home and in the workplace. The idea is to discourage environmental degradation and to boost general health. For example, you can swap your plastic water bottles with stainless steel options. Likewise, you can swap your toilet papers and napkins with reusable ones and your waste bags with biodegradable ones.
- Register for a Charity Race
This idea allows you to achieve two objectives at the same time. You are able to help someone in need through the contribution that you make. You are also able to shed off some extra calories when you participate in the race. According to Chels Day, a sports expert for the Indiana University Athletics, signing up for a marathon in January may help you commit to the physical fitness goals set for the rest of the year.
- Observe Walk Therapy
How long do you take a walk in a day? Experts recommend about 30 minutes of walking in a day. it doesn’t have to happen at once but you can do it in bits. According to Stacie Page, a physiotherapist, you can walk for ten minutes three times a day. For example, you can do it before you get to your workplace, during lunch break, and after leaving the workplace.
- Take the Stairways
This is something that most of us don’t like hearing about but it’s very important if you are targeting a healthier year. If the floor that you are going to is not that high, you don’t have to use the elevator. This is what Hopkins Medicine chief cardiologist and consultant Chiadi Ndumele advises. It helps to protect you from cardiovascular diseases and contributes towards developing general physical fitness.
- Wear Sunscreen and Sunglasses
The sun can be very kind and at the same time harsh to your skin. On a positive note, it’s necessary for vitamin D synthesis. On a negative note, it’s one of the leading causes of skin cancer. So, you should bask in moderation and take preventive approaches. For starters, you should wear sunscreen and sunglasses whenever you are directly exposed to the sun.
- Return to the Kitchen
With the emergence of so many fast food joints for cheap, you might have forgotten your way to the kitchen. You are not able to go to the grocery stores to collect fresh produces for cooking at home. According to Nadia Rodman, it’s important to prepare your own meals at home. This not only saves you money but it’s also a way to invest in your health. Generally, it allows you to use only fresh produces and avoid chemicals.
In the new year, it’s possible to practice healthy living. You just have to set clear goals and have a practical plan for achieving them. The above resolutions will help you get started. You should, therefore, include them in your new year’s health plans and watch out for your healthiest year yet. Dr. Hinz and his staff at Cool Springs Chiropractic would be honored to be a part of your healthiest year ever. Contact us today for you appointment!