I know we have all been there… The words, “I’ll do better tomorrow” are uttered as we take a step back in our healthy goals for the year. With the start of a new year, many of us want to improve two things…1) how we use our time and 2) how we feel. Well, 2017 is officially here and Therapy Center would like to help you achieve your goals by providing monthly tips in promoting a healthy lifestyle. Focusing on a few activities a month can help shape your approach to healthy eating, fitness, and sleep habits. Good health isn’t just about healthy eating and exercise though— it also includes having positive mental health, a healthy self-image, and an all-around healthy lifestyle. This month, we will focus on three basic tips:
- Drink more water. Most of us actually don’t drink enough water every day and it’s essential to our body’s health — Did you know over 60% of our body is made up of water? Water is needed to carry out functions, such as removing waste and transporting nutrients and oxygen throughout our body. A Health.com study completed among overweight/obese people showed that water drinkers lost 4.5 more pounds more than the comparison group.
- Get enough sleep. When we don’t rest well, we typically compensate by eating more (usually it’s junk food, carbs, or caffeine). Get enough rest and you will make better snacking decisions throughout the day.
- Take time for you. I know it is easier said than done, but it’s important to take at least 5 minutes a day for yourself. Having this time will improve our outlook, help to maintain relationships with others, and keep us from feeling overworked and exhausted.
Well, that is it. Let’s focus on these three items in your daily activity for the month. Next month, we will look to build on it with a few exercise tips and habits.
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