words Al Woods
The new year has just begun and people are eager to keep those New Year’s resolutions they made. Looking after your health should be a conscious decision you make no matter what time of year it is.
However, if you made the resolution to look after your health more in 2022, you might be wondering about a few ways to make that resolution a reality. The first thing you need to do is take that first step into fitness, then the rest will follow.
How much exercise do you need a day? While that’s an important question, you need to start by actually getting out there and exercising daily. It’s best to start small. Whether it’s a walk around the block after breakfast or a quick workout at the gym, the aim, in the beginning, is to get into the habit of exercising daily. Once it’s a habit, then you worry about how much is too little or too much.
Keep Your Home Clean
Keeping your home neat and clean should be at the top of your list of ways to be healthy in the new year. Properly cleaning your home has many benefits for not only your physical health but your mental health as well. Not only does a clean house help to reduce allergies, but it also helps with your stress levels, which is a cause of poor health for many people.
Any doctor will tell you that how well you sleep has a direct impact on how healthy you are. Sticking to a sleep schedule will ensure you sleep well and wake rested and ready to meet the day.
Humans need eight to 10 hours of good quality sleep a day to be healthy both mentally and physically. It’s important to note that changing up your sleep schedule can have a negative impact on your health as well.
For example, staying up all night and sleeping all day on the weekends when you get up at six during the week can throw your schedule off and make you sick. Keep the same schedule for going to bed and waking up during the week and on the weekends for optimum health.
Don’t Skip Doctor’s Appointments
While the COVID-19 outbreak has made many people skip their doctor’s appointments, there are many health benefits to keeping them instead. Think about it, you can’t be healthy in the new year without first knowing that you are healthy to begin with. Skipping your doctor appointment because of COVID concerns, being too busy, or really just not wanting to go could mean missing signs that something is wrong that could have easily been taken care of if you had just gone to the doctor.
Give Up Those Bad Habits
If you’re looking to improve your health in 2022, the best place to start is by giving up any bad habits you have. Whether it’s smoking, drinking, not exercising, or eating unhealthy food, living right starts with giving up the things that make you unhealthy, to begin with.
There are many different ways to quit smoking, and eating healthy starts with a good diet of fruits and veggies, and a little less processed foods and junk. Once you’ve given up those bad habits, the rest will get a whole lot easier.
Being healthy in the new year is something that every person should aspire to be. It begins with taking that first step both mentally and physically, getting into the habit, and the rest will follow.