Face it – without your health, you don’t have much. Although there are medical conditions that are outside of our control, there are many things we can do to stay healthy, and to prolong our lives. We’ve compiled six essential health resolutions for you to make this year. Some are easier to keep than others, but trust us, your body will thank you one day!
1. Stop skipping breakfast
Your mother was right –breakfast IS the most important meal of the day. It provides you with the energy you need throughout the morning and into the afternoon. When you skip it, you’ll find yourself hungry throughout the day, and you’ll actually end up eating more. Opt for a high fibre breakfast with some fruit or fat free dairy.
2. Get enough sleep
Enough sleep isn’t only necessary for looking good and concentrating during the day, but it’s absolutely vital for your body’s healing and recovery process. Our cells renew themselves during sleep and injuries / wounds / infections heal during this time too.
3. Go for all your check ups
They may seem unnecessary at the time, but going for annual / bi-annual check ups are extremely important. They’re the primary way of detecting any problems early on, and we all know that finding out about a complication in its early stages can save your life! So go on, make that booking at the dentist, optometrist and dermatologist.
4. Quit smoking
If you haven’t been converted by all the medical studies and anti-smoking campaigns, now is the time to seriously reconsider your bad habit. We all know smoking is bad for your lungs (and the lungs of everyone around you), but did you know it’s also damaging to your skin, teeth and throat? Plus it smells terrible! In fact, we cannot think of a single pro to put up against all the cons…
5. Up your immune system
Beat the flus and colds this year by ensuring you keep your immune system strong. That means eating lots of fruit, veg and low fat, fibre-rich foods. Wash your hands regularly to keep germs at bay and get some fresh air and exercise every day.
6. Take some time out and relax
Everyday stress is enough to drive the average person a little bit loopy, so make some time in your busy day to relax and take a breather. To some it means reading a magazine in a bubble bath, to others perhaps a walk on the beach or an episode of their favourite series. It will clear your head and allow you to forget about the things that make you anxious and stressed out.