4 New Year’s Resolutions For a Healthy 2017
When the new year rings in, many people are ready to turn over a new leaf and begin a healthier lifestyle. While these goals often seem easy to follow through on, folks usually find out a couple weeks in that they are more ambitious than they thought.
To ease yourself into a healthier 2017, make the following lifestyle changes as part of your resolution:
- Drink less alcohol: While many people will ring in the new year with a glass of champagne and maybe a few more drinks, this shouldn’t be a regular activity. Drinking a beer or two or a couple glasses of wine at the end of the day won’t hurt, but you shouldn’t be drinking to excess.
While alcoholic beverages are often made partly with water, they are not nearly as good for you as water, and can contribute to dehydration.
- Cook at home: If you order take out or eat at restaurants multiple times a week, it’s much easier to overeat or overdo it in one food group. Instead, plan out your meals and make a point to pack your lunches and cook your own dinner. This way, you’ll only cook as much as you can eat. Cooking your own meal can also help you save money, especially if you buy your protein and veggies in bulk.
- Find an activity that you like: Going to the gym can be a daunting task if you’re just starting to work out. Instead of forcing yourself to do something you don’t like, try yoga or go to a group workout class with a motivating instructor. Fitness classes are available at most local gyms, so check out the schedules and sign up for some interesting classes.
- Go to the doctor: Too many people in the U.S. do not see their doctor regularly, and usually do not go until something is wrong. While seeing a doctor when you’re sick is important, having a regular physical can help catch conditions earlier or even prevent future illnesses.
Many people make the argument that they don’t have enough time to see a doctor, but walk in clinics like your local urgent care center can help treat a number of illnesses if you’re unable to make an appointment.
About three million people visit urgent care walk in clinics every year, so why not make the choice to do so yourself?