New Year’s Reset: 6 Healthy Lifestyle Changes
Living a healthier lifestyle is high on many people’s list of New Year’s resolutions, but what does that actually mean? Here are six simple healthy lifestyle choices that willmake an impact on how you feel physically, emotionally and mentally:
- Eat more fresh food.
Fresh foods – fruits, vegetables, meats – are packed with nutrients whereas processedfoods are packed with fat, salt, added sugar and empty calories. The first makes youhealthier, the second — not so much.
- Drink more water
If it seems hard to get the recommended eight glasses or more a day, see Tip No. 1.Fresh fruits and vegetables are packed with water and will supply some of the liquid youneed.
- Move more often
Sedentary lifestyles are hazardous to health. Get up to move around at least once anhour to get your blood moving. (If you’re getting enough water, your kidneys will enforce this for you!)
- Get some real exercise at least three times a week
“Real exercise” is the kind of movement that gets your heart beating faster and uses allyour muscle groups. It doesn’t have to be a workout, although that’s great. Try dancing, playing ball with your kids, or power walking through the mall.
- Get enough sleep
Inadequate sleep is right up there with a sedentary lifestyle as a health hazard, yet sofew of us actually get the 7-9 hours a night that we need. Try getting more sleep for afew nights. You might be surprised at how much better you feel the next day.
- Manage your stress
Turn down the volume on feelings of anxiety, worry and overwhelm by walking,exercising, meditating, deep breathing, or practicing gratitude or mindfulness. They willhelp to reset your body and clear your mind.
© Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. 2015