The New Year is the time when you reflect on the past 12 months and set new goals for yourself. Health-related resolutions are among the most common and usually the most difficult to accomplish.
Here are a few New Year’s resolutions which can increase the overall quality of your health:
The fact that this is consistently among the most popular resolutions every New Year indicates just how difficult it is to accomplish. A healthy balanced diet in combination with regular exercise may help to reduce your weight.
Losing weight will improve your health, increase your confidence and self-esteem, and also reduce the risk of obesity-related diseases such as high blood pressure or diabetes.
Get more exercise
One of the best ways to achieve this resolution is to simply start moving more – walking or biking instead of driving and taking the stairs instead of the elevator.
Working out is the best way to improve your physical health. Whether it is a simple jog in the morning or some sports activity or weightlifting, working out will boost your cardiovascular health, burn fat, improve your body shape, and make you feel better about yourself.
Eat more fruits and vegetables
Eating more fruits and vegetables in your meals is one of the healthiest dietary steps you can take.
These foods keep your body energized with nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. They also provide fibre and water, which help control appetite and improve digestive health. Getting enough fibre may also help prevent type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and some cancers.
Limit your sugar and salt intake
Sugar does not provide much nutrition but is a major source of calories. It increases your risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. Eliminating sugar entirely just isn’t possible, so take steps to reduce your intake.
High salt consumption can lead to several health problems, including high blood pressure, heart disease and more. Limit salt intake and also cut down on processed foods, such as sauces, pickles, and chips, which are full of added salt.
Drink more water
Your body depends on water to survive. To function efficiently, every cell, tissue, and organ in your body needs water.
We often don’t drink sufficient water and risk becoming dehydrated, especially during summer. If you’re dehydrated, your body cannot perform at its highest level. Therefore, stay well hydrated by drinking enough water and other fluids throughout the day.
Drink less alcohol
Drinking alcohol in excess can increase the risk of depression, memory loss, or even seizures. Chronic heavy drinking increases the risk of liver and heart disease, hypertension, stroke, mental deterioration, and even cancers of the mouth, throat, liver, and breast.
If you frequently binge drink, its time to consider a change.
Smoking is one of the harder habits to quit, but could be one of the best decisions you could make this New Year. Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body and causes many diseases including cancer, heart disease, stroke, and asthma.
Quitting smoking lowers your risk for smoking-related illnesses and can add years to your life.
Get enough sleep
Sleep is important for proper functioning of your mind and body. A lack of sleep is associated with anxiety, reduced productivity and an increased risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, and diabetes.
Sleeping needs vary according to age, but a good night’s rest can do wonders for your mood and appearance. Regularize your sleeping hours and gain benefits in all areas of your life.
Cut down on stress
Stress is a normal, unavoidable part of our daily life. Long work hours, no leisure time, less sleep, no exercise, and poor diet can contribute to stress. Chronic stress can increase your risk of insomnia, depression, obesity, heart disease and more.
Finding ways to de-stress can help you mentally and physically. Go for a walk, sleep, socialize, turn off your cell phone, practice deep breathing or yoga or take a vacation.
Commit some time to meditation every day. The benefits of meditation are immense, such as improved mental health, better concentration, and lower risk of disease.
Learning how to breathe deeply and relax can make you feel more secure, confident and calm, and regular meditation may also lower your blood pressure and improve your heart health.
Take a break from technology
Every once in a while try leaving your smartphone or tablet at home and take a walk or go out with a friend.
Taking regular breaks from smartphones and other portable electronic devices can help reduce anxiety and regain control and focus of your day-to-day life. It is a healthy way to reconnect not only with yourself but also with your friends and family.
So this New Year, energize your mind and body with these lifestyle changes. Aim to make this year your best one yet.
Hidoc wishes you a very Happy and Healthy New Year!
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