January is the month that the majority of us make big goals designed to improve ourselves. However, even the smallest changes can make a BIG impact on your health.
1. Drink more water
Instead of loading up on sodas that contain excessive sugars and empty calories, grab a glass of water. Water hydrates our body and skin helping it to look smoother and healthier, it also aids with weight loss, increases energy, and keeps our mind alert. But, did you know that drinking more water can also keep your joints strong? Water cushions and lubricates the joints helping them to remain flexible and healthy. Dehydrated joints can cause decreased mobility, joint pain, back pain and arthritis.
2. Eat more fruit and vegetables
Fruits and vegetables provide your body with essential vitamins and minerals essential for good health. They are full of fiber which help keep you full longer. A healthy diet full of fruit and vegetables can help reduce the risk of many diseases including heart disease and hight blood pressure and certain cancers. It also decreases inflammation in the joints which could lead to neck and back pain as well as arthritis.
3. Eat less processed foods
Processed foods typically have a long list of ingredients, preservatives, artificial chemicals, add sugars and sodium, empty calories, and are low in nutrients. They’re bad for your waistline and your health. Instead, choose more whole foods such as beans, nuts, grains, and fresh fruits and veggies.
4. Get moving
Increase your physical activity. Sitting 6 or more hours per day increases the risk of cardiovascular disease. Even a half an hour walk a few times a week can greatly improve your health. Building muscles in your legs can also help to decrease falls.
5. Lose excess weight
Being overweight not only increases your risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers, but it also increases the load on your joints and is a contributing factor to back pain and arthritis.
6. Reduce stress
Everyone has a certain amount of stress in their lives, due to their job, family tension, recurring pain, bills or more. But, too much stress can contribute to health conditions, high blood pressure, heart disease, and other ailments.
7. Make time for family and friends
Social interactions make life more enjoyable and greatly impact our physical and mental health. According to a Harvard study, having an active social life may delay memory loss amongst the older population. A robust social life has also been shown to reduce stress, and help us live longer.