It’s that time again. Time for a new year and a new you. At least that’s what many of us say about this time of year. We begin making a mental checklist of all of the things that we want to change in an effort to live a healthier life. Most get off to a good start. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always last too long.
The reason behind this is that many women try to do too much all at once. Here are 10 simple changes that you can make for a healthy 2012:
1. Drink more water. Many of us hate to admit that we don’t drink even half of the daily recommended amount of water. In an effort to have a healthier year, make the decision to drink 64oz (8 cups) of water each and every day.
2. Give up fast foods. Yes, this is easier said than done but by putting forth the extra effort, you have nothing to lose but weight. In addition, this will promote a healthy heart.
3. Become more active. Many people mess up by making the promise to “workout” and then are disappointed when they find that they can’t sustain a routine. Instead of jumping right into an extreme exercise schedule, become more physically active on a daily basis.
4. Make a promise to not skip breakfast. It gets the metabolism going which aids the body in using the rest of the food that you consume throughout the day, properly.
5. Get more rest. You need sufficient amounts of rest to function properly. Otherwise, you will be dragging throughout the day and end up sick.
6. Say “no” to sugary snacks more often. This isn’t easy to do in the beginning. Start by slowly replacing your sweet cakes and cookies for healthier choices.
7. Quit smoking. Of course, everyone knows how hard this is to do and many try every year. Try one of the many aids on the market for assistance.
8. Visit your doctor for regular check-ups. The best way to stay healthy is to be aware of possible health issues before they actually hit you.
9. Go meat-less at least 2 times a week. Cutting meat from the diet a few days a week will cut down on the amount of fat that you take in.
10. Get some sun. One of the best sources of vitamin D comes from sunlight. Get out more often and soak it up.
As you can see, there are many simple things that you can do to have a healthier 2012. None of them are overwhelming or will be hard to actually attempt. The idea is to set realistic goals. Reward yourself, sensibly, as you do these things. It will remind you of what you can accomplish when you are honest with yourself.
Change doesn’t have to be hard.
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