Forget the fad diets and workouts. There is a reason that a majority of people give up their resolutions by February, and it’s because the changes they are making are not sustainable. Instead, aim to make long-lasting, meaningful changes to your overall health in 2019 and beyond. Here are a few tips to help you get started.
Go for routine screenings and check-ups
While so many people try to make their own changes to their diet and lifestyle, they neglect another important aspect of health. Everybody should be going to the doctor at least every few years for a physical, yet so many don’t. Physicals help to monitor changes to your health year over year. No matter what your age, there is definitely some kind of routine screening you should be getting. Luckily, the infographic below helps break it all down.
Address issues from the start
One of the worst things you can do for your health is to ignore developing symptoms until they worsen before receiving care. This does not mean that you should be going to the doctor for every cut and bruise, but if you suspect issues could become more serious, do not wait. For many people it’s mental, and they think they are strong enough to defeat whatever is plaguing them. Yet, from something as simple as hair loss to serious issues like back pain, the longer you wait the worse it can get.
Make small changes
Instead of completely overhauling the way you eat, making small and simple changes over time will lead you to a healthier lifestyle that is built to last. If you try to cut mass amounts of sugar out of your diet in one day, you are likely to relapse. Whereas if you slowly wean yourself into cutting consumption by half, you will undoubtedly be healthier. The reverse can be said for introducing more healthy foods into your diet, like a piece of fruit for dessert or an extra vegetable with every meal.
Become less sedentary
Have you ever heard of a Blue Zone? Blue Zones are places the world where people on average live much longer than everyone else. One of the facets of life that they all have in common is that the people live active lifestyles and walk to many of the places they go. So instead of sitting at your desk all day, try to get up and walk for 5 minutes every hour. Talk a long walk after dinner. Park further away in the parking lot. Walking just 6 hours per week can have profound effects on your longevity and risk of disease.
Get enough sleep
From weight loss to depression, the right amount of sleep can improve numerous bodily functions. For our bodies to function at their highest level, it is imperative to get proper rest so that you can rejuvenate. As children, our bodies need at least 8 to 10 hours of sleep. However, as people age they think they don’t need nearly as much. Yet, no matter how old you are, it is imperative that you getting at least 7 hours of sleep every night. If you are struggling, trying to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day can help you create a habit and achieve this goal.