With the new year, it’s time to think about establishing some new healthy habits that improve your quality of life. Below are seven healthy habits tips for the new year with advice on sticking with them.
If you’re serious about your goals, make exercise a priority. It doesn’t have to be all-consuming — just find something that works with your lifestyle and stick to it. Even if you only have the time and energy for a light at-home workout with your favorite GenerationFit equipment, set aside a few times each week to engage in physical activity to enjoy the physical and mental benefits.
You don’t have to go completely vegan, but it makes sense to limit your intake of processed and pre-packaged foods, which often contain high levels of sugar, salt, artificial flavors, colors, and preservatives. Many packaged snacks are also full of carbohydrates with little nutritional value. If you eat these types of foods often, you may sabotage your efforts to control your weight.
Learning something new keeps your mind sharp and can elevate your mood. It may even help you live longer. Now that online learning is more accessible than ever, there’s no excuse not to learn something new. From languages to the piano, coding to cooking, thousands of free courses are available online, all available at your fingertips. You could even go back to school. Particularly if you have a passion for a field of study, or if you want to boost your earning potential. Online learning makes it easy to achieve a degree without too much disruption to your personal life.
If you struggle with anxiety, eating a well-balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals can help ease your stress levels. An inadequate intake of certain nutrients, particularly vitamin B12, can be linked to greater feelings of stress and anxiety. Foods high in magnesium are helpful for reducing stress levels because they play a role in muscle relaxation and regulating neurotransmitters.
Over time, taking time to meditate every day helps you deal better with stress and anxiety, and you can focus more easily. If you struggle with those issues, or if you think your mind is too restless to meditate, just know that daily practice makes a huge difference in how well your brain functions.
Whether your boss asks you to stay late or your friend wants to meet at happy hour, there are so many opportunities in life that require saying no. When it comes to achieving your goals and priorities in life, setting boundaries can be difficult, but sometimes it’s necessary. Learning how to say no in these instances helps you avoid feeling overwhelmed by your obligations.
Make health tracking part of your daily routine. Most people are far too impulsive when it comes to self-care, but wearing a smartwatch can make it easier to stay in shape and achieve your goals without having to overthink your actions. Some smartwatches have extra features, such as parental controls and GPS, great for keeping track of your child’s movements when they’re out and about. Some models have a medical ID in case of emergency.
Having a health goal is a great way to ensure your year is off to a fresh start. But it’s not always easy to stick with your goals. That’s why setting up healthy habits is key. Visit GenerationFit for more fitness tips.
Blog contributed by Kimberly Thomas from ushealthcorps.org
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