How Can I Feel Healthier This Year?

Do you want to make a change for good? 2023 can be your year, if you make positive changes now and stick with them, imagine how great you'll feel in three, six and twelve months from now? Good health allows you to participate in the activities you enjoy and to be more productive and efficient in your daily life. Maintaining good health can reduce your risk of developing chronic conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, and certain types of cancer, and by taking steps to maintain good health, you may be able to reduce your reliance on medical care and lower your healthcare costs over time too which is always a bonus. Feeling healthy and strong can increase your self-esteem and confidence, leading to improved relationships and better overall well-being, but how can you go about achieving it? Here are some ideas. 

Engage in a variety of physical activities, such as cardio, strength training, and flexibility exercises, to benefit different areas of your health. You can participate in structured workouts, play sports, or simply be active throughout the day with activities like walking, cycling, or gardening.

Emphasize eating whole, unprocessed foods and limit your consumption of added sugars, unhealthy fats, and excessive salt. Consider incorporating a variety of different colored fruits and vegetables into your diet to ensure you are getting a wide range of nutrients.

Make sure to drink plenty of water and limit sugary drinks, such as soda and juice, as they can be high in calories and contribute to weight gain. Aim to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day, or more if you are engaging in physical activity.

Ensure that you are getting enough quality sleep each night, as lack of sleep can lead to decreased energy levels, impaired focus, and mood swings. Make sure to establish a consistent sleep schedule and create a relaxing bedtime routine to promote better sleep.

Take time to practice self-care and find healthy ways to manage stress, such as meditation, yoga, or exercise. Try to prioritize activities that bring you joy and find ways to reduce stress in your life, such as simplifying your schedule or delegating tasks.

Substance Use
Avoid smoking and limit your alcohol consumption as both can have serious health consequences and increase your risk of chronic conditions, such as heart disease and certain types of cancer. If you need help quitting smoking, speak to your doctor about nicotine replacement therapy or other support options.

Regular check-ups and preventative screenings can help you stay on top of your health and detect any potential issues early on. Make sure to keep up-to-date with recommended screenings and immunizations, and speak to your doctor about any health concerns or changes you have noticed.

You don't have to live 'perfectly', you can (and should!) enjoy life and the things you love but practice moderation. Learn to love living in a healthy, active way and taking care of your body and you will reap the rewards both now and in the future.