No one enjoys being sick or feeling unwell. But keeping up your healthy habits and routines all year long can certainly be challenging. Here are some tips on how to stay healthy from January through December.
Practice Healthy Eating Habits
Your diet plays a major role in your overall health and well-being. If you’re dedicated to fitness but fuel your body with simple carbohydrates, sugars, and fatty foods, your body won’t be functioning at its best despite your hard work in the gym. Practice these healthy eating habits for year-round health:
- Avoid late-night snacks. In fact, you shouldn’t eat anything at all for the three hours before you go to bed.
- Have a healthy breakfast every day. Breakfast is the fuel that keeps you energized all day and gives your metabolism a morning boost.
- Eat plenty of greens. A good rule of thumb is to always begin your meals with greens. A hearty salad provides your body with essential vitamins and minerals and satisfies hunger so that you’re less likely to binge on less-healthy choices.
- Stop drinking soda. It’s long been known that soda is anything but good for you. If you still drink soda, the time to kick the habit is now.
Keep Your Home a Clean and Happy Place
It can feel like a massive task to constantly clean your home, but your immune system and your nerves will thank you for it. It’s tough to relax on the couch when out of the corner of your eye you can see a tower of dishes in the sink.
It doesn’t mean scrubbing every inch of your home every single day. Even doing a daily quick sweep of the house to empty full garbage bins, wipe down counters and pick up clothes from the floor can dramatically clear the clutter. Be sure to use disinfectants to regularly clean the bathroom, kitchen, and any shared spaces. Be especially vigilant with cleaning during cold and flu season.
Make Fitness Fun
Again, it’s no fun to jog in the rain or in freezing temperatures, although the most dedicated of joggers let nothing stand in the way of their daily run. If you’re not quite that dedicated, there are some ways to stay active throughout the year even if jogging in the warm sun is your workout of choice. For instance, commit to getting up an hour earlier in the winter and try a new home workout every day or every week, or invest in a treadmill to get your jog in regardless of what Mother Nature throws your way.
Drink Plenty of Water
It’s easy to skimp on hydration in the winter, as cooler temperatures mean you’re not sweating as much and may not feel thirsty as often. But it’s just as important to stay well-hydrated on cooler days as it is in the sweltering summer heat.
So how much water should you drink? It turns out the traditional “eight glasses of water a day” advice might not be so accurate after all. Recent studies recommend drinking 30 to 50 ounces of water per day for optimal hydration and health.
Get Enough Rest
Sleep is essential for wellness, yet many people don’t get enough rest during the busy workweek. When your body is deprived of sleep, it doesn’t have a chance to recharge and rejuvenate – and it’s not as able to ward off colds and disease.
Try to stick to a standard bedtime throughout the year to keep your immune system strong and your mind sharp. When you’re well-rested, you’ll have plenty of energy for that morning workout routine.
Adopt a Pet
Becoming a dog owner can improve cardiovascular health, reduce stress, and make you more active. Dogs need exercise to stay healthy, too, and they’ll keep you on your toes.
And a canine companion can be the best workout buddy you ever had! He’ll be an excellent motivator — never judgmental, always excited. He’ll always be eager to go and likely won’t let you skip a day even when you want to. Plus, he can be ready at a moment’s notice day or night. Who wouldn’t want a workout partner like that? And if you can’t adopt a pet, not to worry. You can reap many of the same health benefits simply by working with dogs. Becoming a dog sitter or dog walker are great options.
Maintaining good health throughout the year seems challenging, especially if you live in an area where the seasons offer drastically different weather conditions. But planning ahead and committing to healthy habits throughout the year allows you to adapt your routines and activities to accommodate the seasons without sacrificing your health and well-being.
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