4 Ways to Embrace Healthy Living for the New Year

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4 Ways to Embrace Healthy Living for the New Year

By Lakeview Health
Lakeview Health
Published: December 4, 2020

COVID-19 has changed our daily routine. With more and more people staying at home to minimize exposure, it’s easy to be tempted to eat low-quality meals and junk food. A day that would have previously involved various forms of physical activity in the past now involves quarantines and lockdowns indoors, which can be detrimental to your physical fitness. However, you can still lead a healthy lifestyle, even if you have been affected by COVID-19.

Maintaining an active lifestyle during this period of social distancing is the only way to embrace healthy living, especially as we move closer to the end of the year. The new year can renew your enthusiasm for embracing a healthy lifestyle.

Below are some of the different ways that you can kick start healthy activities in preparation for the new year.

4 Ways to Embrace Healthy Living for the New Year

1. Exercise

Most people know that exercise is good for a healthy lifestyle but don’t know how exercise changes an individual’s overall wellness. The health benefits that come with regular exercise are hard to ignore.

Exercise prevents weight gain as well as unwanted weight loss. More training or physical activity translates to more burning of calories. Generally, adding as little as 30 minutes to your regular physical activity can help you prevent a wide variety of illnesses such as heart disease and cancer. Moreover, given that bones weaken with age, regular exercise leads to better performance in daily activities such as carrying loads or climbing stairs.

2. Diet and Nutrition

Are you confused by the conflicting diet advice you get both online and offline? Healthy eating for the new year doesn’t mean that you limit yourself. Instead, it should improve your health, help you feel better, and boost your energy.

Living a healthy lifestyle for the rest of this year shouldn’t be overly complicated. The cornerstone of healthy living and nutrition is to replace processed foods with natural ones. This simple tip can help you avoid the confusion that most people have about diets.  

3. Adequate Sleep

Enough sleep is crucial for the well-being and optimal health of a person. Sleep keeps the mind and body healthy. So, how much rest does one need?

An adult needs about seven or eight hours of sleep each night. You need to note that it’s not about getting more hours of sleep, but how much quality sleep you get. That means that you need to consult your doctor if you always feel exhausted after sleeping, or you often have problems sleeping.

Here are some benefits of a good night’s sleep:

  • Better concentration and productivity
  • Lower risk of weight gain
  • Better calorie regulation
  • Greater athletic performance
  • Reduced risk of heart disease

4. Coping with Stress

Chronic stress is a crucial factor that initiates addiction. Stressful life events such as losing loved ones and poor coping skills increase the risk of dependence on various drugs. Although it’s almost impossible to get rid of stress, there are a few ways you can manage it.

Sometimes stress can make it hard for you to focus on your daily tasks. To maintain focus and avoid drug or alcohol addiction, you can:

  • Learn to meditate
  • Seek help from social or support groups
  • Spend more time outdoors
  • Find a few ways to enjoy yourself
  • Develop a healthy living routine
  • Participate in an addiction treatment program

Get More Help At Lakeview Health Today

Are you still experiencing mental health disorders or addiction even after embracing a healthy lifestyle? Worry no more because our team of experts at Lakeview Health is here to help you. All you need to do is contact us at 866.704.7692 or complete our user-friendly online form to find the care you need to get back to your everyday, healthy life.