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8 Resolutions That Could Light Up A Wonderful New Year!!

How often we have been tempted to make New Year's resolutions and ended up not followed through with it? The chances are that we have managed to reduce them to a mere joke most of the time. Could this be the year where you stop that cycle of resolving to make change and then not following through?

As yet another year draws to a close, it’s worthwhile to reflect on the year behind and look the year ahead with a positive attitude into a future of true fulfilment. Consider imbibing a few healthy lifestyles choices that could make a “Healthier You” and allow you to enjoy your Life & Live Longer!

1. Get Moving. It Works!!

It’s about finding time for you and your family or your friends to enjoy the health benefits of exercise. It can take a while before it becomes a habit; generally it could take about a month for a new activity to become a habit and close to six months for it to become part of your lifestyle. So, being persistent and patient is the key! 

Indulging in moderate physical activity of 30-45 minutes on a regular basis is far beyond the benefits of weight management. Research shows regular physical activity can help reduce your risk for several diseases and health conditions and improve your overall quality of life. How about walking or riding a bicycle to work starting this New Year? You could end saving a lot and enjoying your life!!

2. Drink Loads Of Water

Water makes up about 60% of your body weight, and it is our body's principal chemical component. Sugary drinks and highly sweetened beverages by far pose a huge health hazard for us; it increases your chances of becoming obese, stroke, and other heart problems. 

Drinking water can go a long way in avoiding these dangers, and it has no side effects. However, there are many opinions on how much water one should be drinking every day. General recommendation is eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day, which equals about 2 liters, or half a gallon. So, keep the sugary stuff aside and make water the number one drink of choice.

3. Have A Good Night's Sleep

Sleep plays a vital role in maintaining good health and well-being throughout your life. Lack of sleep has been linked to a greater risk of obesity and type-2 diabetes; it strengthens your memory, boost immunity, helps protect your mental health, physical health, and quality of life. 

Make sure you get 6-7 hours quality sleep at the right times every day of the New Year.

4. Eat A Well-Balanced Diet

When you eat, do it in moderation, and that's the key to any healthy diet; it means you eat only as much food as your body needs. It's not about maintaining an unrealistically thin shape, following strict diet plan, or depriving yourself of the foods that you enjoy. Rather, it’s all about maintaining a positive outlook and feeling more energetic

Figure out how many calories your body needs to function every day. This can vary from person to person, depending upon your metabolism and how physically active you are. Make sure you eat balanced diets all year round including plenty of fruits and vegetables.

5. Let Go Your Aggression

Yes, a little stress here and there won’t kill us; in fact, short bouts of stress could give us an energy boost. But if the stress becomes chronic, it can increase your risk of or even worsen your insomnia, depression, obesity, heart disease, and more. Anger or aggression is an emotional state that could vary in intensity from mild frustration to intense ferocity. As it could happen to other emotions, aggression is accompanied by physiological and biological changes; when you get angry, your heart rate and blood pressure go up. 

Expressing your anger in an assertive manner is possibly the healthiest way to respond. This way, you are being more respectful of yourself and others. Try to suppress your angry feelings and then redirect it. Try holding back your aggression when you get angry and focus more on something positive. When in anger, you tend to jump to conclusions too soon! Slow down, think through your responses, pay attention to what the other person is saying, take your time to respond, breathe deeply and calm yourself before answering. 

6. Say No To Smoking & Excess Drinking

Excess drinking and smoking boosts risk factors for several medical conditions including stroke, diabetes, hypertension and cancers among others. You may fear that you have failed too many times to try again! No problem, try different methods to find out what works. Just think of the cash you end up saving!! 

Yes, it could possibly be one of the hardest habits to say goodbye. Going into the New Year, if you are an excessive drinker, you will surely benefit from cutting down on your alcohol intake, and if you smoke, it is time to quit. 

7. Forgive & Reconnect With Your Family & Friends

Is there a friend or relative in your life from whom you have distanced, a person to whom you once were so close? Give yourself the permission to recall. Don't you feel it's worth reaching out to them? Research finds people with strong social ties live longer than those who don’t. As a matter of fact, lack of social bonding can damage your health as much as alcohol abuse and smoking, possibly even more than obesity and lack of exercise. 

Extended hours at work, lack of sleep, no physical activity, poor diet, and not spending time with family and friends can all contribute to stress. You are not doing any harm to your  health if you reconnect with them. Reach out!!

8. Get Regular Health Checkup

Regular health screening not only allows you to find problems before they start, but they also can help detect problems early, and that's when your chances for treatment and cure are better. Individuals who are over 40 years and who have a positive family history of diabetes or hypertension must get their blood pressure and sugar level checked at least once in every 6 months.

With preventive healthcare, you are taking steps that help your chances for living a longer, healthier life!

Wishing You & Your Loved Ones a New Year 

filled with Peace, Joy, Health, & Happiness!!!

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