New Year, New You: Tips for Staying Healthy this Coming Year
Category : Lifestyle
With a New Year in front of you, now is a good time to rid your body of toxins and get yourself healthier. Every year on December 31 at approximately 3 minutes before the bells ring in the New Year people make resolutions to end bad habits. Unfortunately, after a couple of weeks or even a few days, they are back doing the same bad habits with a vengeance. The key to ending any bad habit is to get committed to follow through and have a support staff in place to help you during your weakest moments.
Drugs, Pills or Alcohol
It doesn’t matter whether you take pills, use drugs or drink daily; they are all considered dependencies or a crutch that you need to make it through your day. Drug or alcohol abuse affects not only you but every member of your family. It affects your performance on the job and your relationships. If you know that you have a serious addiction and can’t stop using on your own its ok. There are drug and alcohol treatments available to help you kick the habit for good.
Cigarettes are a very hard habit to quit on your own. That’s because they contain more than 4,000 toxins with many of them addictive and habit-forming. Luckily, there are many ways to initiate kicking the habit. Health insurance companies realize that it’s in their best interest that you do quit sooner rather than later and because of this, many will reimburse you for your efforts. They will cover the expense of using the pills, the patches, the gum or any other form of treatment available. Just remember that most insurance companies who reimburse will only do it once. So make sure that you are ready to quit smoking.
Forget the Diet; Eat the Right Types of Foods
Many people use the New Year’s arrival as the perfect time to commit to starting a diet. The problem with this is the word “Diet”, a four-letter word that means sacrifice. Forget using the word diet and learn how to eat the right foods to lose the weight and feel better. Fast food and those high in sugar have a lot of fat potential, meaning they can really pack on the pounds quickly. Instead, focus on eating the right types of foods like lean meats, whole grains and plenty of fruits and vegetables. In order to stay the course, you can reward yourself with a treat once a week. If you enjoy chocolate or potato chips you can have a candy bar or a small (not the party size) bag of chips as a reward for your efforts. This way you are slowly removing the fat content and bad sugars from your system, effectively detoxing the body without feeling like you are on a diet.
Yoga and Exercise
Toxins form in the organs of the body and release naturally over time. Sweating can help to remove some of the toxins in lower levels, especially beneficial to anyone who has high levels in their body. Of course, the best way to avoid toxins in the first place is to take care of your body and eliminate drinking, drugs, and alcohol. Exercise is a great way to develop muscles, increase stamina and maintain a healthy weight. Forms of exercise, like yoga, have other benefits. It connects the body and the mind, joining them as one unit. Classes like Hot Yoga can actually help you to sweat and release some of the toxins through twisting motions, as well as clear your mind. You stretch your body, burn calories and relieve stress.
Every year the New Year brings with it a chance for a fresh start. Make this your year to commit to the goals you set by taking it one day at a time. If you stumble along the way, it’s ok, just dust yourself off and start over again.