Your Survival Guide to a Healthy 2020
So you want to stay healthy in 2020, but you’re not sure where to start…
We’ve compiled this survival guide to give you the fundamentals for a healthy year.
Here are nine things to do for better health...
1. Get rid of stress (the right way). Stress is a massive threat to your overall health and wellbeing. Unfortunately, many people do not handle stress well.
While alcohol, smoking, and snacking on junk food can bring temporary relief from stress, they also have serious health consequences.
Instead, relieve stress the right way. Enjoy a walk in nature, practice mindfulness and meditation, or try an exercise or yoga routine. Your mind and body will thank you for it.
2. Keep your fridge stocked with fresh foods. One problem many people face when getting healthy is not having healthy foods readily available.
Stock up your fridge with plenty of the healthy fresh fruits and vegetables that you enjoy — you’ll be far more likely to make healthier choices.
3. Throw out foods with sugar and carbs. If you started the new year with the pantry full of foods with sugar and carbs, get them out!
You don’t need those foods in your home to fall back on when cravings hit. Toss out the opened box of cookies, but don’t forget to donate other non-perishable foods to your local food pantry.
4. Stay active. Sitting too long can lead to some severe health consequences. Try to get at least 150 minutes of moderate activity a week.
Keep in mind that physical activity doesn’t have to be a chore. Seek out a new sport or activity that you might enjoy to help keep you on your feet (while having fun!).
5. Hydrate. This one is simple enough — stay hydrated. You don’t need to force down a gallon of water a day. Just keep a bottle of water nearby for when you get thirsty.
Avoid sugary sodas and juices. And, of course, avoid foods and drinks that dehydrate you, like alcohol and excessive amounts of salt.
6. Stick to regular checkups. This one is incredibly important. Schedule and stick to regular doctor checkups.
Doctors can help you catch tumors and diseases before they become a huge problem — but only if you go to see one. Talk to your doctor about having regular checkups.
7. Talk about depression. Depression is a common problem that many people keep hidden. It affects not only your mental health, but also your physical health.
If you feel depressed, talk to an expert. They can make sure you get the right help and support you need.
8. Stay connected. Social connections with friends and family are important for mental health.
Despite the massive number of social media platforms, people still have trouble staying connected with others.
Try joining a group, team, community, or club, and set aside at least one day or night a week for your social life.
9. Get plenty of sleep (but not too much). Both too much and too little sleep are bad for your physical and mental health. The sweet spot is somewhere between seven and nine hours of quality sleep.
Any more or any less and your health will be at risk. Keep in mind that your need for sleep decreases with age. Most adults can get away with seven to eight hours a night.
Give these tips a try and see if they help you have the healthiest year yet!
To your health,
President, Clear Health Now