Another new year, another wave of the best resolutions and the changing of habits. To many, the new year means a fresh start, but why should we wait until the drop of the ball to make these commitments that will only better us? While it helps us to have a clean slate, we should all be paying attention to creating healthy habits throughout the year. Check out these easy tips to help support a healthier you:
- Hydrate– Get a water bottle and bring it with you EVERYWHERE. Start to track how much you’re drinking. A good guide is your body weight/2, and this is how much water you should be drinking in ounces. If you’re working out, especially at a higher intensity, this number will change. Try to focus on drinking every hour, and this will help you get your daily water requirements.
- Exercise– Get yourself in a routine. I know it is hard, but if you just commit to the same days and time each week, it becomes a lot easier. If you know that you’re a procrastinator, make yourself get up and workout in the morning. That way you won’t have an excuse of being too tired at the end of the work day. If you feel that you have more energy in the afternoon/night, take the extra hour to sleep in the morning. You know yourself best, but just pick the days and times and stick to it!
- Healthy Eating– Pay attention to your food labels. Try to avoid foods with added sugar. Naturally occurring sugar is okay, but avoid the additives! Also add fruits and vegetables to your daily routine. Increase the frequency that you eat these things; try to have a vegetable at all 3 meals, or even as a healthy mid-day snack!
-Meghan J., Physical Therapist at Dedham Health