The New Year and your Health
The start of the new year often means new beginnings and a fresh start for many, making resolutions to improve your health, lose extra weight or become more active. Four simple ways to start are to; eat healthy, exercise, and cut back on smoking and alcohol.
Setting unrealistic new year goals will only end in failure, that’s why the same new year’s resolutions are made year after year. Just by eating healthier, cutting down on carbohydrates and sugar, you are already on the road to a new healthier you. Eating correctly is a start to feeling healthier and to losing extra weight.
Introduce more vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, whole grains and fish in your everyday meals. Whole foods help reduce heart diseases, body weight, regulate blood sugar levels and reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.
By cutting back on loaded sugar-filled beverages, you will decrease the possibility of obesity, fatty liver, heart disease, insulin resistance and cavities in the teeth of children and adults.
Start slowly, don’t overwhelm yourself. Once you have started watching what you eat, start getting active. Choose activities that you enjoy, make a new activity into a lasting habit. Walk for half an hour, go for a bike ride or swim. Simple exercises are easier to maintain.
Involve the whole family in doing more outdoor activities as part of your new exercise plan. Being out in nature can improve your health, it releases stress, enhances your mood and lowers your blood pleasure. During your lunch break take a walk outdoors, if possible. Hike with the family on the weekends, camping or even walking around your own garden will improve your mental and physical wellbeing.
COVID-19 has made us aware of how important being healthy is. This last year has seen us very unsettled and looking for comfort in the wrong foods, alcohol and smoking.
Make your new year’s resolutions work, become the healthiest and happiest you could possibly be.