No matter your age or the season, it’s never too late to add healthy habits to your daily routine.
Whether it’s the start of a new year, a birthday, spiritual new beginning, or just the changing seasons, we humans tend to look for opportunities to wipe the proverbial slate clean and start again.
For some, that may mean jump-starting an exercise regimen or eating well. For others, it may mean a commitment to spending more quality time with family and friends..Here are seven ways you might choose to live more fully and healthy all year long.
Place a priority on maintaining your health
Develop an attitude of gratitude.
Being grateful is good for your health. Counting our blessings, not reduces the cause of depression, stress and high blood pressure, but also aids in slowing down some effects of aging.
Commit to becoming more physically fit.
You don’t have to become a world-class marathon runner to improve your physical fitness, just get up and move more.
Maybe just take a leisurely walk around a nearby park twice a week, instead of organizing shopping list by locations in the store, scatter them throughout the store and walk more or just park farther away from the entrance.
Resolve to make quality sleep a priority.
When you are exhausted, it is hard to do at your best. Getting enough quality sleep aid in daily performance it also helps to keep those extra pounds off. Quality sleep habits will reduce some factors for heart attacks, strokes and other chronic disease it will aid in clearer thinking.
Strengthen social relationships.
Socializing with family and friends is more than a just a nice thing to do. Research has
shown that people involved in meaningful relationships are happier, have fewer health issues and live longer.
Interactions with others helps relieve harmful levels of stress, which adversely affect the heart, gut function, insulin levels and the immune system.
The best thing about interacting with others - it doesn’t need spending money or having any special skills.
Look for ways to brighten others lives.
The act of giving has long been considered the most fulfilling thing in our lives.
Humans are programmed to share with others which causes “helper’s high” because of the release of addictive feel- good neurotransmitters according to Jorge Moll of the National Institutes of Health.
Make learning new things a habit.
As we get older learning becomes especially important.
In a study by the Association of Psychological Science memory improves when we take up new skills requiring active engagement and high-level cognitive processes.
Place a priority on maintaining your health.
With all the activities we meet daily it is easy to put off a doctor visit, unless seriously ill, that annual checkup, an eye exam or annual screening. Just as we do the regular maintenance on our cars we need to do the same with ourselves. Good health is the basic foundation of everything we want to do in life.