Staying Healthy in the New Year

It’s time to usher in a new year. As the last of the holiday celebrations come to an end and the days start to get just a little bit longer, now is the perfect time of year to get motivated to create a few new healthy habits. Whether you want to start eating better, you’re interested in getting fit or you simply want to become more active –staying healthy in the new year doesn’t have to be an impossible task. In fact, with a few simple tips, you can easily create better habits that will stick with you for life.

5 Great Tips for Staying Healthy in the New Year

1. Get Plenty of Rest

If you aren’t getting enough sleep at night, chances are that anything you attempt to do the next day may be a bit more difficult. Poor sleeping patterns not only leave you feeling worse for wear but they can also make it much easier to get sick and affect your stress levels as well. Sleep not only allows the body time to heal but it helps the brain to recharge each night. So do your best to aim for at least 7 hours of sleep each night to give your body and mind a boost.

2. Start Moving

It can be hard to imagine getting up and moving in the cold winter weather but in reality, that may just be the best thing for your health. Whether you choose to go for a brisk walk after a meal or you feel like checking out one of the group exercise classes we offer here at Havenwood Heritage Heights, becoming more active is ideal for keeping your immune system strong.

3. Say No-Way to Stress

While it may be easier said than done, avoiding stress at all costs can be very beneficial to your health. Chronic stress can lead to depression, mood swings, insomnia, loss of appetite and limit your body’s natural immune response. So take a bit of time to evaluate your day-to-day life and identify anything that is stressing you out, then do what you can to reduce or remove those stresses. Some of the best ways to reduce stress include spending time with loved ones, reading a good book and going for a walk.

4. Eat Smarter

If you’ve noticed that you’re lacking energy and generally feeling a bit down, it’s important that you also take a closer look at what you’ve been eating. If you notice a lot of processed foods, junk foods and sweets –you may need to include more healthy foods in your diet. Try introducing foods that are rich in antioxidants like blueberries, artichokes, cranberries, pecans and kidney beans to your favorite recipes for a boost to your immune system. Additionally, mixing up your weekly meal plan to include more whole grains, dark leafy greens and lean proteins like fish are all great ways to stay healthy in the new year.

5. Drink More Water

We’re sure you’ve heard it a million times over but drinking more water is essential to a healthy lifestyle. When you drink more water your body has less room for sugary drinks, tea and coffee –which is a really good thing! Having a hard time getting your 8 glasses of water down each day? Treat yourself to a new water tracking app on your smartphone or invest in a specialized water bottle that helps you keep track of each glass as you go.

Enjoy a Healthy and Happy New Year

At Havenwood Heritage Heights, we want to ensure that all of our community members are able to feel their best moving forward through life. If you’re interested in greater healthy living tips or you’d like to schedule a tour of our continuing care retirement community, be sure to visit our friendly team online today!