A New Year equals a healthier you. Now, it is going to take some work. However, you are definitely worth it. Yet, how are you going to make it happen?
When a New Year rolls in, you are hit with all kinds of diet plans and exercise equipment. All promising better health and weight loss.
Sometimes, the diets and equipment might work for a while. Then, you lose steam and the results too. So, what can you do to get that healthier you?
Well, first things first. When was the last time that you had a routine annual medical exam? This past year? Two years? Five years? Can’t remember when?
Before you go on that new diet or start a new exercise routine, schedule an appointment with your family doctor for an annual health exam. Regular physical screenings and annual exams should be a part of your overall health plan.
What about those teeth? Yes, teeth. You might not think too much about them until you have a problem with your mouth. Here again, prevention is your best friend.
Are you seeing your dentist every six months for routine cleanings and oral checkups? A healthy mouth should definitely be on your New Year’s list of goals. After all, you only take care of the teeth that you want to keep.
That Four Letter Word
Next, what are you feeding your body? Are you on a “see food diet”? In other words, you see it so you eat it.
Got a better idea. Have you ever heard of the Mediterranean Diet? In truth, it is one of the easiest diets to follow.
The Mediterranean Diet consists of lean meats and fish, fresh vegetables and fruits, whole-grain bread and cereals, and fats. Yes, fats. You can have fats on a healthy diet. To learn more about the Mediterranean Diet as advised by the Mayo Medical Clinic, click HERE.
Daily choices are a part of a healthy lifestyle. What are some daily life choices that you can make to improve your health? Select three out of five of these daily lifestyle choices.
- Drink 5 12 ounce glasses of water a day.
- Avoid sugary drinks.
- Don’t eat fried foods.
- Eliminate the white stuff: flour, rice, and sugar.
- Walk 7500 steps a day.
Move that Body
Don’t forget. Exercise is important. You need to be moving every day.
Do you need to join the gym? Does it motivate you to take better care of yourself? If the answer is yes, then find an affordable gym membership and go three to five times a week.
Don’t like the gym? No problem. There are plenty of exercise apps you can download on your smartphone. Cable and live streaming television are filled with all kinds of exercise routines.
What exercise program should you follow? This answer is simple – the one that your doctor approves of for you and the one that you will do. Look for exercise routines that build strength, endurance, and stamina. To learn more about potential fitness routines, click HERE.
Now, you are going to need to track your progress. Tracking is one way to help you stay on the right path with your health goals. It is a matter of being consistently consistent. The downloadable app Fitness Pal is an ideal way to track your progress. There is a free and fee-based version.
Do try to find yourself an accountability partner. This person could be a dear friend or family member. You might even find an online group that can help you with your accountability.
Make Time for Yourself
One last thing. Make time for yourself every day. 10, 15 or 30 minutes daily just for yourself can make a huge difference. During this time, meditate and clear your mind. And take up a hobby. Life is not all about work! Learn to enjoy it.
I hope that you find value in this short writing.