As we prepare ourselves to step into 2020, many of us think about our New Year’s resolutions. Traveling the world, making more money, and losing weight are some popular ones, whether or not we actually keep them.But this year, take a second to consider some new year resolutions for your health. Your well being is equally, if not more, important than being rich and flying first class. Without it, you probably can’t do any of the things you love (and don’t love).
So consider the following new year resolutions for your health. Even though the first thing that comes to mind is losing weight, that’s not all you can do for your body. If you need help keeping them, check out these tips to keep you committed.
Health Resolutions for 2020
1. The Whole Enchilada
If you want to take caring for your health to the next level, getting a complete understanding of it would be the next step. Make sure you schedule and attend an annual physical visit with your doctor, who will assess your overall health. Knowing where you stand, especially when it comes to things like blood pressure and any chronic illnesses, will help you in the long run.
2. Stay Hydrated (With the Right Liquids)
Drinking more water can have a lot of positive health benefits. Up to 75 percent of Americans are chronically dehydrated, according to a 2013 report. Dehydration can lead to health problem, such as headaches, ulcers, high blood pressure and kidney problems. To avoid this issue, doctors recommend drinking eight to ten glasses of water a day. Buy a reusable water bottle, water filter for your sink, or even set alarms on your phone to make sure you’re staying hydrated.
3. Be Mindful When You Munch
Using mindfulness when you eat can help you avoid overeating, and can help you stay at a healthy weight. More than a third of American adults have obesity, and minority groups like Latinos and African-Americans tend to have higher rates of obesity.
Be aware of what you’re eating, and most importantly, eat your food slowly. Often times, overeating is the result of not giving your body enough time to tell you it’s full. Additionally, cooking meals at home and doing meal preparation can help you cut back on calories. If you'd like help with your nutrition and diet, you can request an appointment with our nutritionist here.
4. Take a Break From Your Phone
Everyone is on social media these days. This year, try to take a step back from Instagram, SnapChat, and Facebook. According to research, scrolling through your feeds can lead to social comparison, which can cause depressive symptoms. For the sake of your mental health, consider cutting back on the apps.
Additionally, try to avoid watching your friend’s Instagram stories when you’re in bed -- the blue light emitted from your phone screen keeps your brain activated, and as a result, keeps you awake. Studies also found that being on your phone before going to sleep can also affect your sleep quality.
5. Get Some Shut Eye
This resolution is much easier said than done, but an important one, nonetheless. Promise yourself eight hours of sleep each night. Sleep deprivation and deficiency are common among adults, and can have negative consequences on your health. You can learn more about the importance of sleep and how it affects your health here.