This post is a little delayed, since most people are getting excited and making their New Year’s resolutions right before and after the 1st of the year. It’s actually an ideal time to discussing this, because the shine has worn off your grand plans for creating a better, healthier you this year. You may have lost steam on your ambitions and have start falling back into hold habits. Don’t! There are small, easily attainable steps to living a healthy life this year and for the rest of your years. Read on and take things one minute at a time. After all, improving your health also means an improvement in the costs of your individual health insurance plan.
Veggie Tales and Your Health
You know how your mom was always trying to get you to eat your vegetables? Well, she knows her stuff. You should be aiming to get at least five servings of fruits and vegetables every day. If you dread the thought of biting into an apple of spearing a piece of broccoli, fear not. Vegetable servings are hiding in some possibly unexpected places. if you are a big fan of baked goods, you can sneak lots of fruit in there. Bake some zucchini bread, use applesauce instead of oil; you can even use prunes to bake! If you love your carbs, grate some carrots into your pasta sauce. Just try and pretend they’re not there.
Bottoms Up to Your Health!
All you people who hate drinking water: listen up. You need to be guzzling at least 8 glasses of hydrating liquids per day. This does not include favorites like caffeinated coffee and sodas. If you just can’t stomach drinking the plain old clear stuff, throw in some lemon slices, or have unsweetened juice, skim milk, or herbal tea, such as chamomile, peppermint, and fruit tea. Your body needs fluids to function at its best performance, so think of liquids as gas for your car and full er up.
Move It, Move It
I’m not going to repeat what you’ve probably been hearing for years, that you should aim for at least 30 minutes of physical activity per day. It’s not that people don’t know about this, it’s actually making time to do it. If the thought of slapping on some Spandex and jogging down the block makes you cringe, you should know that you don’t need to get your 30 minutes all in one sitting. If you live close enough, look into walking or biking to work. Avoid the elevator-take the stairs. When you get home in the evening, take your dog for a walk or go for a stroll with your sweetie or your kids. Garden. Do 10 jumping jacks or 10 sit ups. All these little things are going to add up to big health benefits.
Catch those Zzzz’s to Improve Your Health
Getting the recommended 8 hours of sleep is tough for those of us who rush through life like freight trains, but not getting the sleep you need can have serious unhealthy side effects. When we get less sleep than we need each night, we develop a “sleep debt.” If the sleep debt becomes too great, it can lead to problem sleepiness. Even if you don’t feel sleepy, the sleep debt can have a strong negative effect on your daytime performance, thinking, and mood, and cause you to fall asleep at inappropriate and even dangerous times. Try developing a new routine. Aim to go to bed a half an hour earlier than your normally would. Eventually, try going to bed an hour earlier. It will make a difference.