While new beginnings can come any minute or any day of the year, most of us take advantage of the start of a new year as a perfect time to assess our lives and to make appropriate adjustments and commitments to ourselves.
But how many times can you say that you have actually stuck to those resolutions, which were made in good faith? Probably not too many. So maybe the key is to give some thought to making simple, less-dramatic changes, which are generally the ones that are sustainable for the long run and which contribute to long-term health and longevity.
Just a few things to consider:
How much sleep do you get on a regular basis? The consensus seems to be that most adults need between seven and nine hours of sleep on a regular basis to feel their best and to allow their bodies to “recharge”. There is no substitution for a good night’s sleep. If your sleep is disturbed, assess why. Are you having trouble breathing? Is the temperature in your room satisfactory? Are you drinking too much caffeine or alcohol? Are you perusing your phone until you close your eyes? Are you freeing your mind of thoughts and worries before you attempt sleep?
Are you eating a well-balanced diet? Before exploring fad diets of any kind, get in the habit of eating 3 meals per day which are generally comprised of natural foods (no preservative or artificial ingredients), with a protein, complex carbohydrate and vegetable. As simple as that.
Check your food labels. Take your time while grocery shopping. Get in the habit of reading labels before you place the food item in the shopping cart. If you have trouble pronouncing an ingredient, chances are it is artificial and not good for you.
Are you drinking water? The benefits of water are too numerous to list but it is a good idea to look them up. For example, did you know how important water is for your brain, which is almost 75% water? And for your joints – to keep them lubricated? By the time you are thirsty, you are on your way to dehydration, so best to put your timer on for a regular dose.
Are you moving enough throughout the day? Are you spending most of your day sitting? It is easy to pass hours in front of the computer without moving. Perhaps set the timer to get up and stretch or walk a bit and drink a glass of water on your way back to the desk.
Review your vitamin/supplement list to be sure you are on the right track. Your health issues or goals may have changed over the last 12 months and your supplement list may need to be refreshed accordingly.We at ZyCal are committed to you and your health and are proud of our extraordinary product line directed toward your bones, joints and gastrointestinal system. We welcome you to explore our site, as you reassess your health goals and supplements.