Year after year, we make resolutions to break bad habits, but end up breaking our resolutions instead. Below are some easy tips for creating health habits in 2013.
- Drink More Water: No matter where you are, water should always be the first thing you reach for when you’re thirsty.
- Get Some Sleep: Recent studies have confirmed you really do need at least 8 hours a night. Adequate sleep makes you feel better, decreases risk for cardiovascular disease and boosts memory.
- Use Less Sugar: Decreasing sugar actually increases energy by minimizing the highs and lows that sweet foods triggers.
- Quit Smoking: If you smoke, quit. Don’t wait. Do it today.
- Balance Your Diet: Try to eat three different foods at every meal.
- Don’t Drink Calories: Alcohol and blended coffee drinks contain lots of calories. Treat yourself, but don’t overindulge.
- Exercise: Regular exercise can result in controlled weight, more energy and a longer life.
- Wear A Pedometer: Research suggests routinely wearing a pedometer encourages people to walk about an extra mile each day, lose weight, and lower their blood pressure.
- Strength Training: Too many people neglect resistance exercise, particularly women for whom it’s crucial for preventing muscle and bone loss with age.
- Eat More Fish: The evidence is strong that the oils in darker types of fish, such as salmon, tuna, mackerel and herring, are beneficial for the heart and brain and may even lower risk of cancer.