January signifies a fresh start filled with more chances to learn and develop new habits for the rest of the year. Staying healthy should be at the top of your list, so we’ve put together some habits to implement in the new year! What do you plan on doing this year for yourself?
Drink more water:
Water is essential to keep our bodies healthy and functioning properly. If you’re stuck with afternoon headaches, rough skin/breakouts, or even a loss in energy, your body might be trying to tell you it needs more water. Some of the health benefits of water are: it improves your skin, cushions the sensitive tissues in the body, regulates your body temperature, helps maintain blood pressure, prevents harmful kidney damage, promotes weight loss, and enhances exercise performance. Try to increase your water intake by making it a daily habit to carry water with you wherever you go. Buying a reusable water bottle will keep your water cold throughout the day. Bring the bottle with you in the car, to the gym, and even to your desk at work. Although the recommended amount changes from person to person, health authorities suggest drinking half a gallon of water a day.
Listen to your body:
Oftentimes we get caught up working/staying busy and we forget to listen to our bodies and treat them with respect. If you had a long day and are feeling tired, go home and rest for 30 minutes. Maybe your legs and feet are sore from standing on them all day; try soaking in a hot bath with Epsom salt to relieve pain and achiness. It’s also important to check your body for any strange looking moles or other skin marks. Keep up with yearly physicals, dentist appointments, gynecological exams, dermatologist appointments, and any other medical exams you need. If you’re interested in learning more about your body, try using a BMI calculator to see if you are under, over, or at a normal weight for your height. This information can influence how you move forward with any health/fitness plans in 2019.
Create & accomplish tasks:
Did you know creating tasks for yourself and accomplishing them can actually improve your mood and keep you motivated? That’s right! Compile a list of things you’d like to accomplish, whether that be for the week, month, or maybe even the year. Do you want to finally complete a marathon this year? Or learn how to do yoga? Take steps each day to accomplish something and soon you’ll feel like you can do anything you set your mind to. Buy a new notebook devoted to these tasks that you can update daily and add/edit whenever you need to. Keep friends and family in the loop on your new goals and agenda so they can support you and hold you accountable.
This goes hand in hand with listening to your body. In the day to day hustle and bustle, it’s easy to neglect our bodies, especially our appearance. Take some time this year to pamper yourself – you deserve it! Go get your nails done, treat yourself to a massage to take care of your muscles, or maybe even go on a movie date for one. Taking care of your body is one thing, but feeling confident in your skin is even more important. Exercising and feeling your best should be a priority.
Make fitness a priority:
With January, comes new year’s resolutions which often end up being fitness-related. Most people flood gyms with newfound motivation to spark a new fitness routine. Throughout the month of January you’ll see people slowly slip away from the resolutions they made a few weeks prior. In order to make fitness a priority, you have to stay dedicated and love what you’re doing! Research specific exercises that you’d like to start adding into your routine. Make sure you’re focusing on specific body parts you want to work on or change. Once you find a healthy rhythm, you’ll find yourself more motivated to make fitness a priority in your daily life and maybe even throughout the rest of the year!