A Healthy Start to a New Year

Does “better health” top your resolutions this year? If so, then you’re not alone. It’s a popular time of year for people to resolve to lose weight, eat better, or quit smoking. While all of those are definitely positive, consider making a bigger picture lifestyle change. When we choose to live a healthier lifestyle overall, the other things like losing weight, being more positive, etc. just happen naturally. There are three main components for health: exercise, diet, and mental well-being. Depending on where you’re starting, it might be too much all at once. Start with one thing, and then slowly add the others every few weeks.

Exercise: Get 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise (brisk walking) and at least 2 days of muscle strengthening (lifting weights, resistance bands) each week.

Diet: Help prevent illness by eating immune-boosting foods such as spinach, broccoli, sweet potatoes, garlic, and low fat yogurt. And don’t forget proper hydration! An easy rule of thumb when it comes to hydration is 8-8 oz. glasses of water every day.

Mental Health: Exercising will help a lot in this area, but don’t forget to get enough sleep (between 7-9 hours each night). And taking some time out just for you can also reduce stress. Take up a new hobby (or pick back up on an old one), treat yourself to a massage, surround yourself with positive friends, and don’t forget to laugh!

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