Staying Healthy in 2018

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Now that 2018 is in full swing, it’s time to take stock of our New Year’s Resolutions and check our progress. Have you slacked off a bit? That’s OK. Everybody does. But staying healthy is a top priority for longevity and quality of life. Here are some pointers to stay on top of your health and wellness this year:

  • Walk every day. Even a brisk 20-minute walk will help, at least three to four times a week.
  • Get seven to eight hours of sleep a night.
  • Cut out carbs such as white bread, pasta and white rice.
  • Limit junk food, such as cookies, chips and many other “trigger” foods.
  • Take up some relaxation habits, such as meditation, yoga, tai chi and massage.
  • Read a chapter in a book, take a stroll, listen to music, take a bath. Anything that helps you reconnect with YOU is good!
  • Heed early warning signs of heart attack, diabetes, etc. and keep up with regular doctor appointments and screenings.
  • Keep your stress level down by regularly going out with friends or seeing a therapist.
  • Incorporate a regular fitness routine into your day. Do it when it works for you, whether early in the morning before work or in the evening when you’re winding down.
  • Stay on a regular schedule every day to prevent added stress. Wake up, eat, and go to bed on the same schedule every day for consistency.
  • Take up a new hobby and stay with it.
  • Write in a journal to keep track of your dietary changes, mindful exercises and physical exercises. Journaling can be very therapeutic.
  • Get your vaccines, especially the flu vaccine in winter. This is especially important for children, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems.
  • Stay hydrated and drink eight glasses of water a day. This will flush out toxins and keep your skin clear. You can even add fruits like lemon, lime or berries to add flavor, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
  • Apply sunscreen even in the winter to prevent harmful UV rays from damaging your skin.
  • Incorporate foods high in antioxidants, vitamins like A and C, and minerals to your diet, such as carrots, pumpkin, Brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, avocado, cabbage and apples.
  • Moisturize your skin every day. Choose lotions with hyaluronic acid, ceramides, glycerin, glycerol, silicones, petrolatum, emollients, antioxidants and alpha hydroxy acids.
  • Improve your immunity by drinking lemon water in the morning for its vitamin C. This also encourages digestion.
  • Treat yourself to some dark chocolate every once in a while. It has flavanols that help dilate blood vessels and allow more oxygen and blood to reach your brain.

Heed these tips for a healthier 2018. Try all the many great physicians, nutritionists and beauty products listed here in Wall Directory for even better results.

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