7 Easy Tips for a Healthier New Year

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7 Easy Tips for a Healthier New Year

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As a new year begins, it’s a natural time to think about adjustments we can make to improve our lives. Many of us know that we could be doing certain things better, like sticking to a healthier diet or picking up new productivity habits. Actually reaching our goals depends on choosing realistic ones that we can fit into busy everyday lives. Here are seven tips you can use to make your daily life healthier and happier in the coming new year.

1. Get Moving

Getting more exercise may be the most common resolution people make around the new year, but it’s also one of the toughest to make happen on a busy schedule. The Department of Health and Human Services released new guidelines on physical activity, and reported that about 80% of people in the U.S. aren’t active enough.

The good news is that you only need a minimum of 75 minutes per week of vigorous activity or a couple of hours of moderate-intensity activity, and every little bit you can incorporate helps. Start by making small changes in your physical activity, like walking for 15 minutes per day, and build up from there. 

2. Evaluate Your Diet

A lot of people spend time re-evaluating their food habits when the new year begins, whether it’s by starting a whole new diet or just cutting down on junk food and late night snacking. The new year is a perfect opportunity to think about the nutrition you need and how you can make better choices.  Make eliminating Sugar and processed foods from your diet a priority.  

For instance, if you know you have high blood pressure, or elevated cholesterol? If so, you can incorporate more non-soluble fiber in the form of fiber supplements like Metamucil or citracell, this is an easy way to add fiber to your diet and improve both your blood lipid profile and potentially lower high blood pressure.  You don’t need to try to overhaul your whole diet at once. Choosing just one or two foods to eat more of can put your diet in a healthier place. Start by setting a goal to eat at least one fruit or vegetable a day.

3. Incorporate Meal Planning and Prep

Another way to improve your diet and save your sanity is to try meal planning and prepping. Making several days’ worth of meals ahead of time will save you both money and time! Plus, it’ll be easier to stick to your plan when the food is already prepared and waiting. Dedicate one day of the week for planning your meals, and another day for shopping and prepping. Or if you can’t cook or don’t have time, food prep deliveru services are available.  You order your meals online then have them delivered, makes it very easy.  

4. Scale Down Screen Time

Most of us have heard a variety of worrisome statistics surrounding screen time, and it’s generally agreed that too much is bad for our health and cognition. It can be hard to get away from screens, however, especially when they often constitute a significant part of our workday as well as our socialization. However, cutting down on screen time even by a few minutes can help reduce eyestrain and improve sleep. Many smartphones now offer the option to schedule downtime, so take advantage of those features to help you break the habit of mindlessly scrolling.

5. Highlight Hydration  

Hydration is essential for good health, from maintaining the function of your joints to keeping your skin and hair lustrous and shiny. Most of us don’t drink enough water daily, and even if we do, sometimes it’s still not enough to replenish fluids, let alone lost electrolytes and vitamins. 

If you’re experiencing symptoms like fatigue and migraines, or if you’ve been sick recently, you should consider a mobile IV hydration treatment. Arizona IV Medics can come to you with an in-home IV solution containing IV vitamins to fit your hydration needs. If you’re looking for a quick and affordable way to achieve optimal hydration, check out our IV therapy packages to find the right one for you. Contact us today for more information about in-home IVs.

Matt Heistan
Matt Heistan
Matt is the CEO of AZ IV Medics. Matt has over 15 years of experience in the emergency medicine field. Matt attended Westwood High School, Scottsdale Community College, and the University of Maryland where he received a BS in Psychology. Matt is a 10-year USAF veteran and has been an EMT since 1999. After separating from the USAF, Matt was hired by the Peoria AZ Fire Dept. where he has worked as a Firefighter Paramedic for the last 10 years. Matt is a life-long athlete, from college football to powerlifting, to Crossfit, to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

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