Gaining Years the Healthy Way PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 27 December 2015 04:02

new-year-resolutionsAnother year has passed and we are gaining years and hopefully learning from it. A year behind us would mean maturity, experiences and better knowledge of ourselves and the world around us. As the year begins people want to start anew, most of us would want to set new personal goals and aspire new career moves. Somehow the hype of the Holiday Season brings us to a positive outlook on the coming year.

 

It is important to note that in achieving our goals for the betterment of ourselves, we have to also improve on how we take care of our health. Some of us would be too focused on our career goals and neglect our health. Being successful in the end should also mean that we are fit and healthy to be able to enjoy it. So for us to be able to enjoy the fruits of our labor and cope with new challenges, here are some strategies to make sure we’re prepared to face difficulties and maximize enjoyment of our success.

diet pyramidMake a New Start

Include in your list for this years’ goals, is to improve your health and lifestyle. Putting it on your list will constantly remind you to take care of yourself. It is never too late to start. Taking care of your health today will make sure that you will be able to enjoy the fruits of your labor in the future.

Smart Food Choices

Have you eaten potato chips or a bar of chocolate for breakfast or lunch just to appease your hunger? Or have you skipped a meal because you don’t want to leave your work? I guess everyone has, but getting those important nutrients and minerals are essential for us to cope with everyday stress and challenges. Make time to eat properly, make sure you provide yourself the proper food to keep you on your feet. It would be a challenge for beginners, so I suggest that you plan your meals a week ahead to make sure that healthy food is available anytime. You may want to replace  chips and chocolate bars for fruits and fit bars on your desk just to make sure you choose healthy food if you can't leave your work area. 

Cut on saturated fats and cut on sodium intake. But don’t deprive yourself, a little bit of everything is the best way to go. Too much saturated can harm your concentration and memory. So cut down on pork, beef, cured meat, dairy product such as butter, lard, cheese, creams, ice creams certain oils. Canned and processed food may also contain more salt than needed so make sure you read the label.

excerciseStay Fit

Sure you have been slack on exercise for the past years, but it is ok. It is never too late to start. Make a schedule, putting workout time in to your time table together with work appointments. This will remind you constantly to change your lifestyle and give yourself that much needed work out time to release stress. Exercise will help build your stamina, strength and keep your balance to keep you on your feet for those sales calls and late night work. Exercise is also a good way to lose weight together with proper diet, to keep you looking good and feel good. A good 75minutes workout time per week is enough to begin with. 

o-FRIENDS-facebookEnjoy Good Company of Good Friends and Family

Give yourself time to enjoy company of good friends and family. Family and friends helps you face adverse events, provide material aid, emotional support, and information that helps you deal with stressors. Friends and family also encourage us to better take care of ourselves and gives us a sense of belonging, and purpose. A study conducted by The Center for Ageing Studies at Flinders University shows that those participants with a large network of friends outlived those with those who has fewer friends. The richer your social life the more means to cope with stress and, other life problems, therefore leads to a longer and happier life.

sleepless1Get Enough Sleep

Getting enough sleep improves memory, spurs creativity, improves concentration, helps in metabolism and, reduces levels of stress, thus makes you live longer. So never deprive yourself of a good night’s rest. Study shows that people who gets less than 7 hours of sleep over a course of days, weeks or months has problems in concentrating has mood swings, than people who gets 7 to 9 hours of sleep.

Rediscover Yourself and Keep Learning

Surprise yourself. Instead of sticking with what's familiar and comfortable, tackle something new. Go out of the box and challenge yourself. Make new friends. Learn a musical instrument or a language. New experiences will build new pathways in your brain, keeping your mind healthy as you age. They'll also expand your options for finding excitement and happiness.keep-educating


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