New Year, New Healthy You…

2020 is soon approaching and with a new decade comes big changes.

The start of a new year provides the opportunity to make positive decisions regarding your health and lifestyle through resolutions. These resolutions can be as small as walking a bit more each day or practicing meditation.

Here are some ideas for resolutions that will positively change your health:

1. Take the stairs: Something as minor as taking the stairs instead of the elevator can benefit your health and reduce the risk of illness. Spending just 7 minutes a day climbing stairs can reduce the risk of a heart attack by 50% over 10 years.
2. Practice Mindfulness: Taking care of your mental health is just as important as taking care of your physical health. Mindfulness activities can be done through apps or on YouTube and can take as little as 3 minutes each night. Despite the short amount of time the sessions take, the benefits are astonishing, with individuals reporting lower levels of stress and a better awareness of everyday aspects of life.
3. Explore the outside and nature more: Research has shown that a walk in the woods can dramatically reduce stress levels and improve your mood.
4. Drink more water: keeping hydrated is something that we all know is important, however, many of us don’t drink anywhere near enough. Drinking 2 litres of water each day can boost your skin health, maintain a healthy blood pressure and prevent kidney dysfunction.
5. Get your 8 hours of sleep each night: Getting enough sleep can improve your mood and help you to concentrate on work and daily life more.

However, making these resolutions is the easy part, actually sticking to them is a whole other story.

Here are some top tips on how to commit to your new year’s resolutions:

1. Don’t expect too much too quickly: Making health changes takes time. Results might not show immediately, but if you persist then you can be sure to reap the benefits.
2. Remember, everyone has their down days: Don’t see this as a failure but instead as part of the journey. Being able to get back on track after a bad day should show you that you are moving towards your goal.
3. Weekly check-ups: this will keep you up to date with your progress and allow you to get yourself back on track quickly if you start to derail from your resolutions.
4. Daily logs for keeping track of progress
5. Focus on the process, not the end goal: The process is just as important for your health as reaching the goal is. It will help you to learn more about yourself and the different ways that you are able to make positive changes.