With the start of a new year fast approaching, it’s only natural to reflect on the year you’ve had, the changes you’ve made and areas that you still want to improve. If these past couple of years has taught people anything, it’s the need to be mindful of your health and take the steps necessary to improve it where possible. Never before have people been more aware of how important their physical and mental health is. If you want to improve your health for 2023 but aren’t sure where to start, here are three things you can do.
Embrace Exercise to Its Fullest
You probably know how important exercise is for your health, but that doesn’t mean the follow-through is there. If you’re the type who cringes at the thought of joining a gym or traditional exercise classes, not to worry because there are many other ways to stay active. Remember, being active means your body is in continuous motion so that opens the door to all kinds of activities that won’t feel like a workout. This is a great way for beginners to get used to being active and make it a habit.
Some of the best exercises that won’t feel like workouts include:
Set a goal of working out at least three days a week for 30 minutes each day. As your endurance and strength increase, you can workout more often and for longer durations.
Eat a Healthier Diet – Give the Flexitarian Diet a Try
It’s well-known that a vegetarian diet can provide several health benefits, but the problem is that giving up meat and animal products isn’t for everyone. So, what happens if you like the idea of vegetarianism but aren’t willing to go that far? You can look into the flexitarian vegan diet, which will consist of you eating a vegetarian diet at least five days a week but leaving room for meat on the other days. It’s all about cutting back and using moderation where meat and animal products are concerned.
The flexitarian diet is the best of both worlds, providing you with many health benefits and plenty of tasty choices.
Recognize When You Need a Break
Here’s a tip that appeals to your emotional well-being. A lesson to learn in 2023 is to recognize when you need a break. When are you at your limit? When do you feel physically and emotionally drained? Ideally, the break will happen before you reach your limit so there will be a learning curve at first.
Taking a break to clear your mind means when you get back at it, you’ll be more focused and energized. A break may be short and just include some deep breathing exercises, or perhaps it means a night out with friends, a day at the spa or a weekend getaway.
So, as 2023 draws closer and you start thinking about New Year’s resolutions, why not make your health a top priority?