Start the year off right by following and reading recommended health tips for 2012. Whether you are feeling like it’s the right time for change or you are simply looking for ways to live healthier, here are some baby steps to take to help you get on the right track of living better.
1. Start a new workout routine:
Whether you have been trying to lose weight, attempting to shed the last 5 or 10 pounds, trying to bulk up, wanting to run your first marathon, or what have you, 2012 is a great year to start trying out a new workout routine. If you have been going to the gym already, this still applies to you. Many people end up doing the same workout routine which does not give results after a while. Your muscle and body gets used to the same routine, so it is always good to switch it up. Do more weights or more reps, confuse your muscles and you will start seeing a positive change.
2. Change up your diet:
If you have been eating fried foods, fast foods, foods with high sugar, or processed foods, you know what you need to do. Clean out your kitchen, ditch all the bad foods and replace it with vegetables, fruits, whole grains, fresh meat, etc. It’s never easy to start new but it’s necessary. Either go all out or don’t bother! For those who have been eating healthy, its good for your body to get nutrients from different sources, so switching up your diet is a good idea as well!
3. Pick up a new hobby:
A great way to relieve stress is to find a new hobby that makes you feel good about yourself and about life. Maybe you want to go into painting, knitting, playing the guitar. The sky is the limit and age is never a factor! If you want to do it, there’s no harm in trying. There’s nothing more satisfying and zen than picking up a fun new hobby.
4. Visit your doctor:
Going go the doctors for checkups, for illnesses, for any reason is always a dreadful thing. No one likes the possibility of finding out bad news. But there isn’t enough emphasis and stress on the importance of getting a yearly checkup, making sure you get routine tests, and being up to date with vaccines. Schedule your yearly tests as soon as you can for 2012!
5. Spend more time outdoors:
Most of us prefer to spend our time in front of either a computer screen or a TV screen. Some of us work with jobs that require us to be in front of a computer for 8 hours only to go home and spend the rest in front of a computer screen or TV. Take a stroll, window shop, go to your neighborhood park instead of plopping down in front of your TV.
6. Cut back on caffeine and alcohol:
Americans have a tendency of drinking an excessive amount of both caffeine and alcohol. Excessive caffeine is taxing on the heart, can cause unwanted twitching, heart palpitations, and insomnia. Excessive alcohol is bad for your liver, increase risk of breast cancer, and throat cancer in some individuals.
7. Spend more time with family and friends:
Last but not least, make time for your friends and family. We are all social creatures by nature. When we isolate ourselves, most of us are affected inversely. People who lack human interaction are more prone for negative psychological influences such as depression. As humans we grow by communicating with each other and we find happiness through our relationships.