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Tips on How to Be Happy and Healthy in the New Year!

Drink more water

  • Drink at least 64 ounces of water every day.

Get plenty of sleep

  • Our bodies need 7 – 9 hours of sleep every night.
  • Reading ebooks & mobile phone screens before bed actually decrease the amount of melatonin your body produces which means more wakeful times and restless sleep.
  • Try reading a book for 30 minutes before bed to help you relax.

Make an exercise routine

  • Exercise reduces blood pressure and lowers your risk for Type II Diabetes.
  • An exercise routine is proven to boost your energy and intelligence.
  • Try taking a 20 minute walk on your lunch break or keep your gym bag in your car as a reminder to hit the gym.
  • Download the Sweat app to start an exercise routine at home!

Smile more!

  • Smiling releases dopamine, endorphins, and serotonin to boost your mood!
  • These feel good chemicals also relax your body while lowering your heart rate and blood pressure.

Eat less sugar

  • Almost every major disease can be linked to excess sugar consumption

Plan your meals

  • Eat more fiber. Fiber keeps our blood sugar in check and helps control fat absorption.
  • Putting lemon in your water helps protect the body from immune system deficiencies since it is a rich source of Vitamin C.
  • Follow the food pyramid to make sure you consume enough fruits and veggies.

And remember that making lifelong healthy choices starts early in life! Make being active a family activity.

  • Group sports are always great for exercise, but if your kids don’t enjoy them try some individual sports like dance, karate, or swimming.
  • Try taking family hikes. Play catch and hopscotch. If you are going somewhere near to home, try riding bikes instead of driving.
  • The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that kids get no more than one to two hours of screen time a day. Limiting screen time during daylight hours will help motivate kids to get up, get out, and go play!

Make sure to visit your general care doctors every year for well checks! Making healthier choices helps us all live longer, happier, more fulfilling lives. So drop those fries and move those thighs!