Whether you agree with the statement above or not, January is a good time of year to get into a healthier way of living. Whether you’re looking to improve your quality of life or just take care of yourself a little better, here are some tips that you can follow.
Do Dry January
Cutting out all alcohol can do you good, especially after the over indulgence at Christmas and New Year. Excessive binge drinking can negatively impact your health. It can cause weight gain, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and it can affect your sleep pattern. Find out your reasoning for doing Dry January and what you want to achieve from it instead of aimlessly choosing to do it. Once you have a goal in mind, it will be easier to stick to.
Get outdoors in daylight
Are you cooped up in the office all day and commuting to and from work in the dark? Why not go for a walk in the daylight on your lunch break or spend some time in nature at the weekend? Spending more time in nature reduces stress, which can consequently reduce blood pressure, heart rate and tension.
Get to bed at a reasonable time and you’ll find that your daily life will become a lot more manageable. Getting a good night’s sleep can reduce your risk of disease, stops you from being cranky and stressed and can help you be more productive during the day.
You don’t need a gym membership to exercise so there are no excuses! Even walking more regularly can increase your cardiovascular fitness, reduce the risk of heart disease and strokes and improve hypertension. So why not walk instead of taking the car everywhere?
Fruit and vegetables are part of a balanced diet and most people do not eat enough. There are significant health benefits of eating more fruit and vegetables as they lower your risk of health problems. They are a good source of vitamins and minerals, and they provide dietary fibre which can help maintain a healthy gut.
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