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Healthy New Year’s Resolutions for 2020

Dec 30 2019

Check out these healthy New Year’s Resolutions for 2020!

When it comes to making your New Year’s Resolutions, there are lots of different goals to choose from every year. On top of this, any type of lifestyle change can be challenging when you don’t have a solid plan in place.

Our healthy New Year’s Resolutions will help you focus on your mind, body and spirit all while leading a healthier lifestyle.

Focus on your food habits

Instead of attempting a fad diet for a couple of months, focus on changing your food habits for good. While you might have a cheat day occasionally, having consistent healthy food habits is better for your overall health as well as any weight loss goals you may have.

Start by focusing on fruits, veggies and lean proteins. Cutting down on sugar and processed foods is important as well.

Tempted to eat unhealthily when you are hungry? Planning ahead with meal prepping and packing your lunch for work can help you stay on track. Both will help you save money too.

Be sure to consult with your primary care physician before making any major changes to your diet.

Commit to being active

Maybe you want to run a marathon this year. Maybe there is a 30-day fitness challenge you’ve been wanting to try. Or maybe you plan on taking the stairs wherever you go.

Regardless of the intensity level, it is important to add activity into your daily routine. And whatever your fitness goal is, it is important to set realistic steps to get there. Be sure to consult with your primary care physician before making any major exercise or activity changes.

With more activity comes the risk of dehydration. Thus, drinking water is a must! Drinking it throughout the day and not just during physical activity will help you stay ahead of dehydration. Also, try your best to cut down on sugary drinks like soda and juice.

Make mental health a priority

Focusing on your mental health is very important for your overall health. However, taking much needed “me time” means different things for different people. Take time to find your special hobby that helps you relax.

It could be something quiet like meditating, journaling, or disconnecting from social media. Or it could be something more social like volunteering, learning a new language or making new friends. Regardless of the activity, find an something you enjoy and that takes you away from your daily grind.

If you can only do one thing in 2020 for your mental health, make sure you are getting enough sleep. Sleep is critical for both your mental and physical health. Focus on getting at least 7 to 8 hours a night.

Need more help with your healthy New Year’s Resolutions? Schedule an appointment with a Bon Secours physician near you today.

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