The New Year is here and with it, all the possibilities of a fresh start. Health typically makes its way to the top of many of our resolution lists when it comes time to count down from 10, and as it should be. Living a healthier life can help with illness, stress and lead to a happier, more confident self. There are a few tips you can follow to kick the year off right.
Diet and Nutrition
While many picture fitness as moving the body, it actually starts in the kitchen. Setting goals to make better choices with your diet is the first step you should take in the new year to create a healthy you. It is easy to get caught up in the workweek and grab something fast and unhealthy for lunch, so consider preparing healthy choices over the weekend for the busy week ahead. The options of diets can become overwhelming, so attempt to cut out sugars and sodas. If you find yourself getting lost in the fad diets available, attempt to stick to eating things that don’t come from a package or bag, aka, chicken, fish, vegetables, and fruits. It might take a few hours to research recipes that match your taste buds and to prepare the food, but your waistline will thank you.
Experts say it takes around two months to form a habit, so kicking off a new exercise routine and fitting it into the hustle and bustle of daily life might be a challenge. However, keep in mind that exercise will not only ward off illnesses such as diabetes and blood pressure, but it can also reduce stress and provide confidence as the pounds fall off. Begin with baby steps. You might be gung-ho to begin that new routine, but it can lead to not only burnout but injury as well. Set small goals and build up. It also helps to try different types of workouts to find one you truly enjoy. There are many ways to move your body, including boxing, swimming, walking, running, dancing, recreational sports, hiking, cycling and so much more. If you can find a routine you thoroughly enjoy, it will help motivate you to exercise more.
While diet and exercise are a given when working on a healthier lifestyle, what many overlooks is the importance of sleep. A lack of sleep can be detrimental in many ways. While experts are unsure of how exactly it affects the heart, a lack of sleep and sleep apnea is associated with a higher risk of heart disease. A lack of sleep also can put you in danger during the day. Drowsy driving can cause different types of accidents. It also can cause accidents in the workplace and slow down reaction time. Not getting enough sleep can affect different aspects of your life, including driving. Drowsy driving can cause different types of accidents and cause you to be a threat on the road. Getting enough hours of sleep will not only improve your health, but it will also keep you safe on the roads.
Make yourself a priority in 2020 and work to improve your health with diet, nutrition, and sleep. By the end of the year, your body and mind will thank you.
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