The number one resolution for Americans is to exercise. Unfortunately, for many of us, it’s a goal that goes unrealized, largely because we want immediate results. Instead of aiming for that six-pack, try these simple health tips to start you down the road to a healthier 2019.
Get More Sleep
A lack of sleep can affect your immune system, energy, concentration, mood, and can lead to anxiety and depression. How much sleep each person requires varies, but the National Sleep Foundation recommends seven to nine hours for adults. To set a goal of getting more sleep, get on a schedule. Go to bed at the same time every night and set an alarm to wake up at the same time each day. This will help your internal clock keep a regular schedule. Your body will adjust and before long you’ll fall asleep more easily, and you’ll be getting the right amount of sleep every night. Before you go to bed try shutting off your phone about an hour before you hit the sack.
Drink More Water
Drinking the recommended eight, 8-ounce glasses of water (or a half gallon) a day will prevent dehydration, which can lead to a feeling of sluggishness, headaches or more serious problems like constipation and kidney stones. Many fruits and vegetables also contain water to help keep you hydrated, so make sure to have a healthy snack each day!
Check Your Health History
Do you have an answer to your doctor when she asks for your family history? If not, start keeping tabs on what problematic health conditions and illnesses are in your family. You’ll have a better idea of your own risk factors for diseases, and you’ll give your doctor a better guide to helping you live a healthier lifestyle.
Visit Your Doctor
Once you know your family history, make sure to make an appointment to see your primary care physician. Have her check your blood pressure, cholesterol, weight, and any potential health concerns that can help prevent problems in the future. Your doctor will give you a big-picture view of how your health is doing and how you can improve it. Try making an appointment early this year with your current doctor, or find a new one in your insurance network
Move Around Regularly
Not everyone enjoys exercise, but moving your body is an important part of staying healthy. Whether that means heading to the gym for a full workout or just taking a walk, you should include 10 to 30 minutes of movement in your everyday routine. The trick is to find the type of movement you enjoy. If you don’t like running, maybe you’ll enjoy yoga. Not into yoga? Try taking a karate class. Find what works best for you.