15 Healthy Resolutions That Aren't Losing Weight from 15 Healthy Resolutions That Aren't Losing Weight
15 Healthy Resolutions That Aren't Losing Weight
15 Healthy Resolutions That Aren't Losing Weight
The biggest trend in January is people making resolutions and looking for ways to stick with them for more than two weeks. Chances are the goals will have something to do with your physical appearance. The most common last year was losing weight, according to polls. This is not shocking because, officially, 69 percent of Americans, who are older than 20, are overweight. But being healthy is only partially about the right number on the scale.
Volunteering is good for the body and mind, research shows. The biggest benefit is feeling connected to other people. This helps to ward off loneliness and depression. Lower blood pressure and a longer lifespan have also been linked to charitable activities. The reason could be something as logical as increased physical activity among people who aren’t otherwise very active.
Intestinal microbiota – bacteria and other microbes living in your intestinal tract – can help boost the immune system. This can be achieved by changing your diet to include a variety of plant-based foods, according to a new study. Some of the best foods for gut health include kiwi, broccoli, bananas, and ginger.
Drink less alcohol and soda
Fewer people consume soda – 63 percent avoided it in 2014, compared to 41 percent in 2002, according to Gallup – but many still can’t resist the sweet beverage – the average person drinks 45 gallons a year. People may have replaced soda with booze. A study found that heavy drinking among Americans rose by 17.2 percent between 2005 and 2012. The chemical junk that comes with the tastiness does both long and short term damage to your body. Some of the potential consequences include fatty liver, cancer, heart failure, metabolic syndrome, and diabetes.
Practice deep breathing
Take a deep breath. Pause for a second or two. Exhale slowly. Do the same exercise a few times. You’ve done your nervous system a great favor, and many studies have shown that. Focused breathing is the one “Super Stress Buster” that evokes the relaxation response that the American Institute of Stress widely recommends as useful for everyone, even kids. Scientific research on “Om” chanting suggests that the mental repetition of “Om” results in physiological alertness and increased sensitivity. Separate research has also shown that slow controlled breathing is associated with lower blood pressure and heart rate.
Learn new things
Recent research has found that brain age decreases by 0.95 years for each year of education (and by 0.58 years for every daily flight of stairs climbed). So keep your mind occupied. Neuroscience has demonstrated that brain elasticity is encouraged by new things, Dr. Roger Jahnke from Health Action Synergies and author of “The Healer Within,” says.
Do more weight lifting
Later in life, bone and muscle mass tends to decrease, flexibility starts to diminish and balance and agility are sometimes compromised. People need to build muscle as they age to increase metabolism, which helps regulate weight and blood sugar levels. Studies have found that strength training, such as weight lifting, can increase strength in older adults and, as a result, enable them to live more independently. It also helps prevent diabetes.
Read more books
The benefits of reading actual books are endless. Research shows that it reduces stress levels by 68 percent. Research also suggests that it improves brain function by causing changes in resting-state connectivity of the brain that persist. Reading, it has been proven to also boost your brain power and increase intelligence. Another very important benefit is that it may help fight Alzheimer’s disease.
You have a right to disconnect
You need to truly unplug and unwind in order to relax and recharge. So go to a place where no one can reach you and you are not tempted to use your phone or any other electronic device. Some people refer to this kind of trip as “digital detox,” which is actually healthy for you (unlike the body cleanse type). Element Boston Seaport is inviting guests to hand over their cell phone for safekeeping the entirety of their stay. Those who manage to make it till check-out earn a free stay to be redeemed at a later date.
Get enough sleep
Adults between 18-64 years of age should resolve to sleep the National Sleep Foundations recommended 7-9 hours a night. Sleep is essential for our overall health and wellbeing. A good night sleep improves learning, helps heal and repair heart and blood vessels, reduces risk for obesity, and helps maintain a healthy immune system, according to research.
Adopt a pet
Studies have shown that pets make you healthier by helping your heart, improving your mood and even enhancing your social life. Even on a stressful, lousy day, it’s almost impossible not to smile at the sight of a furry cat or happy dog wagging its tail. Consider adopting a pet and having one of your own to reap the benefits of owning a pet every day.
Make annual doctor appointments
Regardless of how stressful and busy your life may get, resolve to schedule and go to your annual doctor appointments. Avoid last minute appointments at all costs by scheduling your appointments in January.