According to Statista, living healthier, personal improvement or happiness, and losing weight were the top three New Year’s resolutions for 2022. We suspect that 2023 will follow the same idea. Why? Most of us recognize the value of being happy and healthy. We know these are the keys to leading longer, more productive, and more fulfilling lives. So, if you’re heading into 2023 committing to a healthier you, here are some New Year’s resolutions to consider.
Your diet has a significant impact on how effectively your body functions. Foods with added sugar or added salt, refined carbohydrates, and processed meats are some of the unhealthiest foods you can eat. These foods can lead to high blood pressure, inflammation, spikes in your blood sugar levels, weight gain, digestive issues, and other health problems that increase your risk for cancer.
Drink more water
Water is crucial for protecting your body’s organs and tissues, carrying nutrients and oxygen to cells, regulating body temperature, and lessening the burden on your kidneys and liver. Signs that prove you may not drink enough water include constipation, frequent illness, fatigue, poor skin health, decreased urination, and sugar cravings.
Take the stairs
By taking the stairs over the elevator or escalator, you’re helping your body build and maintain healthy muscles, bones, and joints. You’re also improving your cardiovascular health, burning calories, and reducing your risk of stroke.
Get better sleep
Getting adequate quality sleep improves mood and brain performance and lowers your risk for many diseases and disorders. Sleep is crucial to weight management, better endurance and energy, a stronger immune system, and blood pressure regulation. A tip for sleeping better at night is to remove distractions from the bedroom, such as a TV, computer, and even your smartphone. It may help to have a separate alarm clock, so you don’t need to keep your smartphone near you and be tempted to scroll through it before bedtime.
Your mental health and well-being are just as important as your physical health. No matter how busy your schedule is in the new year, resolve to connect with people that keep you positive and engage in activities that bring you joy. For some people, self-care is spending a quiet, relaxing day in nature; for others, self-care means shopping online while their favorite show plays on the TV in the background. Some also may find that journaling is a good way to clear their mind.
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