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It may be two weeks into 2021 but it’s never too late to implement a New Year’s resolution that can benefit your physical or mental health.
Simply put, the year 2020 had no mercy. Many of us neglected our diets, sleep patterns, and exercise routines, as we struggled to cope with changes brought by the pandemic.
If you’re lacking the inspiration or motivation to select and follow a killer New Year’s resolution, iMD Health has you covered. These four health resolutions are straightforward, attainable, and will help you feel confident enough to swap your quarantine sweats for jeans.
Eat healthier foods
Try to be more mindful of the foods that your body is using for fuel. This doesn’t mean you have to quit cookies and pizza cold turkey but instead, think of your body as an expensive luxury vehicle. If you owned a Lamborghini Veneno, there’s no way you’d be pumping it full of regular gas because you know it deserves premium.
Similar to high-end cars, our bodies deserve premium fuel, which comes from leafy greens, complex carbohydrates, lean proteins, and colourful fruits. Visit the 10 Great Health Foods page on iMD Health for more information on the specific fare one should consume on a regular basis.
Setting aside some time each day to unwind and relax is essential to your mental and emotional well-being. Whether you practise an hour of meditation or go for a walk with a cup of coffee in hand, doing an activity that you love will help you better manage stress and feelings of anxiety.
People who prioritize self-care also tend to have more energy and higher self-esteem.
For tips on how to incorporate meditation and other methods of relaxation into your everyday life, click here.
This New Year’s resolution comes as no surprise. Regular exercise can boost one’s mood, lower blood pressure, and produce feel-good chemicals in the brain. According to iMD Health, exercising can also improve your sex life, combat several diseases and conditions, boost energy, and help you sleep better.
iMD Health suggests that adults complete “150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity a week.” To achieve optimal health, an adult should also include strength training exercises at least twice a week.
For more information on physical activity, visit iMD Health’s Exercise page.
Drink more water
It’s easy to forget about water when there are so many other thirst-quenching beverages, like beer. But if you neglect to drink at least eight cups of water per day, you could become dehydrated.
iMD Health notes that water is vital when it comes to brain function, regulating body temperature, maintaining healthy skin, and more.
If you find yourself forgetting to drink water, try downloading an app that will remind you to take a break and drink some water.
For more resources that can help you conquer your New Year’s resolution, visit iMD Health’s Healthy Lifestyle Advice page.