6 Lifestyle Changes for a healthier 2020Year after year, one of the most consistently popular New Year's resolutions is to get healthier. Good health is important for physical and mental wellbeing, and can help you to live longer with a lower risk of developing major health issues that can threaten your existence. If you can commit to healthier habits going into 2020, you’ll feel happier and more capable in all aspects of your life. Here are 6 lifestyle changes for you to follow for a healthier 2020:
1. ExerciseIf you’re not the most physically active of people, 2020 is the time to commit to some form of exercise regime. It’s never too late to start exercising, no matter what your physical form or abilities. Lack of exercise puts you at risk of heart attacks, stroke, cancer, high blood pressure, and a number of other debilitating diseases, and committing to just 30 minutes of physical activity a day is enough to overturn this.
2. Sleep better, for longer
In a world that never seems to stop, being able to switch off and go to bed when you should do is something of an impossible challenge. But a lack of decent shuteye could be affecting your health: namely, poor sleep can cause you to physically and mentally suffer, as well at put you at risk of heart disease and a shortened lifespan. Educate yourself on sleep deprivation impact on health and make the necessary changes to your sleeping habits.
3. Eat more fruits and veggies
Cooking fresh meals from scratch takes time and effort that may of us don’t have, but many American freezer foods and microwave meals are loaded with salt and other preservatives, and do very little for our health. If home cooking meals isn’t really for you, try to at least up your fruit and veggie intake by swapping them with your unhealthier snacks and side dishes.
As soon as you learn to drive, walking completely loses its appeal. You find yourself driving yourself to a friend’s house down the road just because you can – but this inactivity can put you at a higher risk of developing high blood pressure, mental illness, and type 2 diabetes. If you can walk it, walk it.
5. Reduce your stress
It’s easier said than done, but when ongoing stress is associated with a number of serious physical health problems, it’s essential that you reduce it where you can for a healthier 2020. If you have racing thoughts, try noting down what’s on your mind to take away the mental burden. Practicing relaxation techniques, meditation and mindfulness, as well as de-stressing exercise like yoga, is also said to help relieve stress over time.
6. Drink plenty of water
We’ve all had the importance of drinking water drilled into us since childhood age, but how many of us actually get their 8 glasses a day? Water helps to keep your body hydrated, but aside from that, it also plays a key role in maintaining a healthy heart rate and blood pressure. Water is also essential for eliminating toxins from the body, and keeping muscles and bones working as they should.