It’s nearly the end of December, which means it’s a good time for all of us to plan our goals and targets for next year. One of the most common ways of doing this is by taking up a New Year’s Resolution, which for many people could be anything from giving up a habit like smoking to taking up a new hobby or reaching a personal milestone.
If you’ve got a “New Year, New Me” attitude, but don’t know where to begin with choosing a Resolution for 2020, then why not instead make a few simple changes to your lifestyle that can positively affect your health and wellness going forward?
These 4 habits are easy to take up, and by incorporating into your daily routine in the new year, you can look forward to a wealth of benefits to your physical and mental health:
An essential part of living, yet so often overlooked, good hydration is one of the key habits you should prioritise for the new year.
Everyone knows to drink fluids, of course, but it’s easy to forget to drink the right amount – it’s recommended that people take on about 1.5 to 2 litres of water every day, which is around 8 to 10 glasses. This doesn’t have to be all through drinking, however, as we also gain hydration from eating fruits and vegetables, as well as soups.
Hydration is so important for several bodily functions, including digestion, urination, your immune system and keeping your skin healthy, so should not be overlooked.
If you want to prioritise your hydration this year, make sure to incorporate plenty of vegetables into your diet and drink regularly throughout the day. A good way to ensure you’re drinking enough, especially when working in an office, is to carry a reusable bottle that you can refill with water as and when needed.
This is a bit of a no-brainer, but exercise and activity are vital ways to keep your body and mind healthy. From burning calories to improving your sleep, there are numerous ways in which regular exercise keeps your body in tip-top condition.
The recommended amount of exercise is 150 minutes of moderate activity per week, which is equivalent to 30 minutes a day for 5 days. You should also aim to do something active every day, even if it’s as simple as a short walk. While this might not seem much, it can be a good starting point and an easy target to set initially, giving yourself less excuses to skip exercise and keep your motivation up.
Sportspeople will most likely do much more than this, but if you’re just getting into regular exercise or know you have a busy schedule, it’s better to set a fitness routine that is achievable from the outset and build up to longer and tougher workouts.
Stretching & Yoga
Following on from exercise as a habit for 2020, you should also aim to make stretching a part of your daily routine. Muscle stretches are hugely important for helping your body warm up and recover from exercise, but also helping work out any stiffness caused from long periods of sitting. Regular stretching could be one of the best preventative measures you can take to lower the risk of injury resulting from exercise strain or bad posture.
Yoga can be one way to do more stretching, as it incorporates many flexibility exercises, breathing techniques and poses that stretch muscles, increase joint mobility, strengthen your core and improve balance.
At our Chiropractic Centre, we offer one-to-one sessions for injury rehabilitation and general lifestyle improvement, which include many different exercises and stretches, including some Yoga. Find out more about how these sessions could help you by getting in touch with us.
Finally, our biggest piece of advice for the New Year is to take more time to relax and care for yourself. Whether it’s by going for a spa weekend, having a quiet night in instead of going to a wild party or as simple as switching off the phone and doing a bit of reading, make the time to focus on yourself and properly unwind.
Not only will this help to put things into perspective if you find yourself overwhelmed by a busy routine, but it will generally help to lower your stress levels and have a positive effect on your mental health.
New Year, New You
One of the best ways to relax can be going for either Chiropractic or Massage therapy. Chiropractic care takes a full body approach to wellness, with a focus on the spine and central nervous system, incorporating detailed medical assessment with several manual techniques to help alleviate a number of physical issues. Massage on the other hand uses an array of manual therapeutic techniques to help relieve tension in the muscles and can be tailored to different degrees of intensity depending on whether the massage is for relaxation or remedial purposes.
Both are available at our practice and are offered by highly trained and fully qualified therapists. We have a track record of satisfied patients who have been able to de-stress, recover from sport and alleviate their physical ailments with the help of our therapeutic services.
So, if you’re looking to focus more on your relaxation and wellness in the New Year, then be sure to book in for a Massage or Chiropractic appointment with us.