1. Graze your way to better health Making even small changes in your diet can have favorable results for better health. Keep a diary to track what you eat during the day and review what changes you may need to make. Choosing organic food is one easy way to help eliminate toxins from your body.
2. Boost your physical activity For some, this might mean starting to train for a marathon; for others, it might mean getting up from the couch more often during commercials. Try some new approaches to see what works best for you. Try parking your car a little further away, start your day with a few stretches, or dance the night away with your sweetheart. A few modifications done consistently can develop into beneficial habits.
3. Sleep well A good night’s sleep can help restore your body and provide the energy you need for the next day. Going to bed at a regular time each night can help you sleep better. Perhaps it is time to flip your mattress or invest in a new one. If you haven’t budgeted for a new mattress, consider starting the new year with a new pillow. A good pillow may help you sleep better, and may even help those with allergies. We spend about a third of our lives in bed, so make sure your bed and bedding help promote your health rather than damage it.
4. Quit smoking OK, perhaps this falls into the “easier said than done” category. If you do smoke, try cutting back. It’s hard to quit cold turkey, so try the gradual approach. Maybe you pick a day of the week when you won’t smoke, or wait until the afternoon before you have your first cigarette. If you’re tired of eating sunflower seeds during smoking cessation, try other approaches, such as hypnosis, acupuncture or tai chi to help manage stress.
5. Stretch your brain cells Keep your brain active by brushing the dust off an old hobby or by learning something new. Maybe you took music lessons in your youth but haven’t touched an instrument in years. Did you learn a foreign language in school, but don’t get a chance to use it? You may be surprised at how much you have retained. Stay curious and seek new things to learn. Try out your skills at crossword puzzles or other games to keep your brain active and healthy.
6. Expand your social life Creating positive relationships with others can help your physical and emotional health. A good social network is a great way to connect with others who may share similar interests or introduce you to new ones. Try volunteering at a local nonprofit. Seek out a community center in your area for social gatherings or classes. Don’t sit on the sidelines…get in the game.
7. Visit your doctor Healthcare has become more affordable for millions of Americans. Take stock of your current situation by getting a complete physical. An assessment can help you focus on areas that might need more immediate attention.
By taking even small steps in these areas you can reduce your risk of many ailments and enjoy the journey on the road to a healthier lifestyle. May the New Year bring you much health & happiness!