Easy Ways to Improve Your Health in 2020
Four Simple Resolutions that You Will Actually Stick With
Many of us resolve to get healthier in the New Year. However, aiming to go from couch potato to Ironman in a year is unrealistic and potentially dangerous. Most of us will quit before February 1st even arrives. So, here are a few small lifestyle changes we can easily stick with for a healthier 2020.
10 of Anything, 2 Times a Day
Pushups, sit-ups, squats, jumping jacks, toe touches: pick an exercise that will get the blood flowing. It may not seem like much, but brief bursts of exercise can be beneficial. None of these require any special equipment. All are scalable. For instance, if you cannot do 10 full pushups, you can start by doing them on your knees. Another option is to start with 5 and build to 10 or more.
Carry a Water Bottle
Numerous studies indicate that Americans are dehydrated. Drinking water has countless benefits. It is associated with increased energy, fewer headaches, and reduced risk of kidney stones. When substituted for high-calorie beverages, such as soda or juice, drinking water can lead to weight loss. And, since it is free, drinking water throughout the day may add some weight to your wallet.
Take Advantage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)
The ACA adds numerous benefits to both personal and employer-provided health plans. Many adults previously skipped preventive care visits that are now covered. Tests for high cholesterol, diabetes, and sexually transmitted diseases are free. Immunizations are also covered, so check the recommended adult vaccine schedule and with your physician to make sure you are up-to-date.
Find Exercise that Works for You
Many of us jump into the latest fitness craze, only quit soon after. A multitude of reasons factor in. If you enjoy being outdoors, you will hate going to the gym. If you love to dance, training for a 5k race may feel torturous. If you are on a budget, the high fees associated with gym memberships are unsustainable. Regardless of the cause, the effect is the same: if physical activity doesn’t fit into your lifestyle, you will not do it. Take advantage of free trial memberships to experiment and see what you like before committing to something. Explore your community for free walking and running groups. Check out YouTube, Hulu, or the local library for fitness videos you can try at home. Experimenting can help you find a routine that fits with your schedule, budget, and interests.