It’s safe to say this past year was challenging for millions worldwide. Step into the new year with excitement, joy, and anticipation. Make it the best one yet, by taking control of your health with healthy resolutions for the New Year.
1. Find New Ways To Stay Active
This year, people are more sedentary due to self quarantining, remote work, and attending virtual classes. As a result of their lack of mobility or the extra weight gained, many feel compelled to make a change for the better. However, with COVID-19 regulations still in place in some parts of the world, finding creative ways to get some exercise or movement will be essential for staying active. For some, this could mean walking and taking the stairs instead of using more convenient travel, doing some at-home indoor workouts before starting their day, or even taking a break to get up from the desk and stretch. Whatever your goal, getting regular, active movement will make you feel better and healthier in your daily life. This year make your New Year’s Resolutions, Healthy Resolutions.
2. Fix Your Posture
Taking time away from sitting at your desk is one thing, but it’s also essential to take care of yourself while you are sitting and working. With many now working from home, we can easily picture people sitting at a computer with their back hunched over as they type, which can have lasting adverse effects. In the United States, most back problems come from sitting in poorly designed chairs and the bad posture accompanying them. Whether you can invest in better furniture or not, forcing your body to maintain correct posture will ease the pressure on your back and neck and make it easier to work at a desk for hours. If necessary, you can even look into wearable devices to enforce a more stable position while you are working.
3. Cut Addictive Substances
Make 2021 the year of taking your health into your own hands. Addition can be crippling and something that many turn to quickly in times of stress of the past year. Whether it is more serious substances like cigarettes or alcohol, or even sugar and caffeine, take this time to get your cravings under control and give your body the healthy break it needs. Though it can be challenging, your body will feel fitter and more robust.
4. Boost Your Immune System
Make an effort to boost your immune system no matter the situation by eating a balanced, nutritious diet and taking essential vitamins. Cutting harmful activities such as smoking will also positively build up your immune system. Stocking up on some vitamin-C supplements as we move indoors in the winter months isn’t a bad idea either.
5. Prioritize Your Mental Health
This year brought on a tremendous amount of stress for many people. While so many things are outside of our control, take time to prioritize your mental health by getting enough rest every night, taking time away from social media and the news, and learning to respond kindly to your body and mind’s signals under stress.
While we can only imagine what the next year will be like, make it one of treating your body well so that you can feel your best and take on all of the excitement and challenges that are to come. Take control of your health and schedule your yearly appointment today.