Healthiest New Year Resolutions for 2018

2018 resolutions

Happy New Year everyone! We’d like you to have a healthy 2018 so we have rounded up what we feel are the healthiest resolutions you can take on.

Be active whenever you can

Now this one is on almost everyone’s resolution list every year mostly because many people have issues trying to stick to a workout regimen. Maybe this year instead of trying to throw yourself into a new workout perhaps just try to be more active during the day. Try to walk instead of drive whenever you can. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Do some cleaning or gardening around the house. Do some exercise while you are watching your favourite show. Incorporating these into your daily routine might be easier to manage than lugging yourself to the gym a few time a week and added up they will amount to additional physical activity.

Increase fruit and vegetables

By increasing your fruit and vegetable consumption you are increasing health-promoting, disease-fighting phytonutrients, fiber, vitamins and minerals. Try to eat 5-8 portions a day.  If seems ambitious try to spread out the servings over the course of a day. Have a fruit smoothie in the morning, enjoy raw fruit and veggies as snacks and add a side salad to lunch or dinner. Dried, canned and frozen fruits and vegetables count, too

Get your fluid intake right

We aren’t going to just state that you need to drink 8oz of water per day, as this varies among individuals. However, it can be used as a guide but if you are active you most likely need to consume more. If you are feeling thirsty you probably have waited too long. Try increasing your intake by 500ml (17oz) for a couple of weeks and see if it improves your concentration, energy levels and skin. The fluids in your food also count but make sure to

Stay in touch

Research suggests people with strong social networks live longer, happier and more fulfilling lives and that a lack of social interaction can damage your health as much as alcohol abuse and smoking, and even more than obesity and lack of exercise

If you feel disconnected from old friends or family it’s never been easier to stay in touch with today’s technology. Keep on top of communications and follow up frequently with in person meetings.

Cut your stress

Stress is probably one of the contributors to many other health issues including depression, insomnia, obesity, heart disease and more if the stress is chronic. Working long hours, not getting enough sleep, lack of exercise, poor diet, and not spending time with family and friends can contribute to stress. Be sure to schedule some time to socialize, relax, sleep and take care of yourself

Cut Refined Carbs

Refined carbs and sugar seem harmless but are not,  They cause blood sugar spikes and valleys which result in excess insulin which could leave to extra stored fat.Refined carbs (like white bread, white sugar, and candy) have been stripped of their macronutrient content and reduced to a simple sugar that your body quickly digests. Forgo the refined carbs and stick to complex carbs for a steady blood sugar levels.

Dump Your Diet Soda Addiction

Think you aren’t addicted to diet soda? Think again. French researchers have found that rats chose saccharine over cocaine when given the choice. Diet sodas also have their own side effects.  Researchers also found that participants who averaged 2 diet sodas a day over nine years experience an increase in waist circumference five times greater than those who didn’t drink diet sodas

So get going on these and see how your body, skin, mood and energy levels.

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