With the new year just around the corner, I’m sure a lot of people (including myself) are resolving to live healthier and feel better. Staying healthy can seem like so much hard work, long hours at the gym and cutting down on all your favourite food, but like they say, it’s the small things that matter. This year, I suggest you commit to small changes and put yourself on the path to long lasting health. So here’s a list of habits you can easily incorporate into your daily routine to stay healthy this new year.
1. Catch More Zzz’s
Just like food and water, your body needs sleep as well. We all know how lack of sleep can make us feel cranky and less productive. So get that extra hour of sleep, go to bed early or take naps and ensure you get enough sleep each day. It’ll not only make you feel better but it’ll improve your attention span, help you have a healthy weight, lower your stress level and improve your overall wellbeing.
I’m sure you’ve heard this before but water really is a wonder drink. Drinking water not only keeps you hydrated, it also helps control calories, gets rid of body toxins, keeps your skin looking good and promotes overall wellbeing. The recommended daily dose of water is roughly 2.2 liters for women and 3 liters for men. So next time you step out of your house, be sure to carry a bottle of water with you and keep sipping every now and then.
3. Walk Wherever You Can
This probably comes easier to me because of the fact that I enjoy walking so much but this is a really healthy habit to have. I make it a point to walk to a place if it’s less than a kilometer or two away. Not only does it help me save on the cab fare, it’s also a fun way for me to get some physical activity and listen to music while I’m at it.
4. Eat a Hearty Breakfast
You’re probably tired of hearing this and I must admit I’m guilty of skipping breakfast on most days too. However, breakfast is definitely the most important meal of the day. It’s proven that eating breakfast everyday improves your memory, aids weight loss and reduces your risk of diabetes and heart diseases among many other things. So think twice before you skip breakfast again.
5. Get Your Daily Dose Of Sunshine
It’s super important to get your daily dose of vitamin D. After suffering from a serious vitamin D deficiency, I’ve come to understand its importance. It not only helps keep your bones strong by facilitating calcium absorption, it also regulates your immune system and wards off many diseases. Although there are many foods rich in Vitamin D, the best source still remains sunlight. So try spending at least ten fifteen minutes every morning in the sun (without sunscreen) and you’re good to go!
6. Give Thanks
Gratitude might be the most overlooked tool that we have access to at all times. Gratitude not only helps improve mental health, it also has a positive effect on your physical health. Research shows that people who are grateful have fewer aches and an improved immune system. Not only this, you also feel so much better when you practice gratitude and all it takes is 5-10 minutes of your time each day to write down a list (a mental list works too) of things you’re grateful for and you instantly feel so much happier!
While a lot of these points might seem really obvious, it’s surprising how rarely we implement them in our daily lives. I’m going to be implementing all of these and I hope you will too!
Let us know how you plan to stay healthy this year in the comments.