Well today is the day folks… Time to own our 2018 New Year resolutions (if we can remember them from last night) and get to work! With that theme in mind, I thought I'd pass on a list of 5 New Year resolutions that support health and wellness!
1. Get More Sleep
Today sleep is being heralded as a primary influencer in one's health. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute says; “the way you feel while you're awake depends in part on what happens while you're sleeping. During sleep, your body is working to support healthy brain function and maintain your physical health.
In children and teens, sleep also helps support growth and development. Getting more sleep (and the right type of deep-sleep) is vital to feeling good and being at your peak health.
2. Drink More Water
Proper fluid intake is another easy way to take care of your body and find more energy. The Mayo Clinic says that water is vitally necessary for normal bodily functions and plays an important role in ones health.
How much water one needs to drink depends on a number of factors such as your body size, your activity levels and your general human state. Generally speaking you should be targeting around 8 glasses of water per day to maintain good health for mind, body and soul.
3. Read More Books
Reading provides great exercise for the mind, and by exercising your brain, you may prevent or slow the progression of Alzheimer's Disease. The Huffington Post even reported that frequent brain exercise was able to lower “mental decline” by 32 percent. Need a good book to read? How bout a recommendation – Here are our top 5 recommended books on Healthy Aging!
4. Get Outside and Walk
Low impact aerobic exercise is proving to be an exceptional method for improving ones health and wellness. When you combine that with getting outside, you've got a winning combination!
Health Day reports that “A team of investigators from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) found that adults over the age of 60 who are already struggling with memory issues are better able to focus and process information if they walk more than 4,000 steps a day (roughly 2 miles).”
5. Spend Quality Time With Family
So everyone's definition of “quality time” is different, but I don't think we can argue that the best quality time is spent in person. Absent that close, personal connection there are ways one can communicate regularly with family, even if they're far away. As an example, we recently bought an Amazon Echo Show for my parents in Montana (and one for ourselves too).
The Amazon Echo Show is a video conference device that sits on the kitchen counter (or anywhere you want to place it). It allows one-on-one communication between anyone that own a “Show”, as long as they're in your contacts list.
These little devices have proven to be an incredibly efficient method of staying in touch with family! Even my brother and his family purchased one :). It's not only kept us in touch – But it's kept our kids in touch too! This kind of (semi) in-person communication has proven to be extremely valuable, and we'll be writing more about the Echo Show it in the near future.
I hope you enjoyed the health and wellness tips… Until next time – Be healthy and be well!