New Year’s Resolutions to a Healthier Body & Mind
Instead of just making a resolution and not keeping it. This year make your resolutions specifically about getting more life to live. You can increase your life span live a life that is less stressful and more enjoyable by making a few simple changes in your everyday activities. Keep your mind focused on the positive aspects of change and stay committed.
Obesity can lead to a reduced life expectancy and several health problems including diabetes, liver disease, breathing problems, heart disease and certain cancers. The human body is an incredible machine, it processes the food you eat and turns it in to energy which you use to do everything in your life. Without the vitamins and nutrients your body creates from food, you would not be able to sustain life at all.
The intake of food you consume should not be greater than the amount of energy you are expelling. If you have a sit down office job you should consume less carbohydrates and fatty foods as not to overload your body and make it work harder. Your metabolism speed determines how fast your body can digest the food you eat and turn it into vital nutrients. If you have a slow metabolism or are not exercising regularly, then your body will need to consume less food than someone who is exercising daily or someone who’s job is mostly physical labor. Try to only consume what you are using during the day and choose foods that are not high in fats and sugars.
Your body needs physical exercise to produce energy. Muscles need to be used or they have a tendency to stop working properly. Lack of exercise can lead to heart problems, arthritis, blood clots and several other illnesses. You need to keep your muscles motivated by using them regularly.
Walking, riding a bike, jogging, sports and weight training are all great ways to keep your muscles in shape. Some people say they don’t like exercise, those are usually the ones who DON’T EXERCISE! Exercise is addictive, once you start doing it, you can’t stop. It is extremely motivating and helps your body create extra energy. You can use this extra energy to do more things in life for yourself and those around you. Not to mention you will look better doing them.
Exercise your Brain
Your brain needs a workout in order to grow and continue development. Scientific studies have shown that continued learning can improve cognition skills including, mental focus and concentration, and help prevent memory loss. Taking a poetry class or going back to school can help reduce your risk for memory loss in the future. Keeping your brain busy now can lead to better brain health later in life.
You should eat less sugar and more brain food. You’ve heard the saying, “Sugar rots your brain”, it’s true. Health experts have been warning of the risks from eating too much sugar for years, but eating too much sugar, can actually cause brain cancer, diabetes and other serious illnesses.
Eat 4 – 6 small meals a day rather than 2 – 3 large meals. Eating smaller portions will help you eat less during each meal and will cause less stress on your organs. Using your organs more frequently will help boost your metabolism rate and eating less will mean your liver is not working overtime. Just keep your organs running don’t overload them and they will stay strong longer throughout your life. Give a little and get a lot back when it comes to your digestive system.
Get More Sleep
Everyone needs their sleep. Sleep is the magical reset button for your body and mind. When you sleep, you allow your brain to rest and refuel. Sleep helps you build up physical strength and energy for the next day. Without a healthy amount of sleep your brain will be less alert and your mood will sour as well. Adequate sleep will relieve stress, boost your immune defense, help you maintain a healthy weight, and much more. The benefits of Sleep go on and on.
Make more “ME” Time
We all have busy lives and schedules to keep, our to-do lists never end. There’s always 1 more thing to do, and if you don’t do it, it may not get done. Don’t let life’s responsibilities get in the way of you being able to enjoy a little time for yourself. Today is a great day to do something for yourself, even something small. Life was not meant to be all work and no play, you must create a good balance between the two.
Nature is beautiful and you should get out and enjoy it a much as possible. Vitamin D from the sun gives you energy and helps ward off illness. So even taking a nice walk, joining in a ball game, or going for a jog can help you have less sick days in the long run.
This year, think of what’s important in life and what you would like to do more of. What makes you happy? What do you go to work for? Life is short and you need to be able to enjoy it, as well as do your part to keep the world turning.
Detox your Body & Mind
Talking to a friend, soaking in the tub and meditation are all highly enjoyable and relaxing. These activities can also help you maintain a healthy sense of wellbeing both physically and emotionally. Friends make you happy and you laugh and feel good when you are in their company. This causes you to have a light heart and it wards off negativity which is one of the biggest life stressors.
Taking long baths allows your mind to be calm and the water helps quench your inner yearning for escape. Water is provided naturally by Mother Nature in order to cleanse and renew, it has an effect on both your body and mind when submerged.
Meditation gives you a time to reflect on what is on your mind. It also gives your body a release while your mind is experiencing calmness. Meditating can help you regenerate and renew your thoughts, giving you a fresh look on life and the situations you encounter. Your body needs your mind to relax in order to alleviate stress and ward off illness caused by life’s stressors.Explore posts in the same categories: Anti Aging, anti-anxiety, Eating Healthy, Fitness, Life Expectancy, Live Longer, Mental Wellness, New Year's Resolutions, Prevention comment below, or link to this permanent URL from your own site.