6 Habits to Adopt This New Year
New Year, new you! Okay, we know that’s a little cliché, but we’re going to roll with it. The New Year is a perfect time to make some changes and adopt some healthier habits. Here’s a look at six simple things that you can do, starting right now.
1. Move More
Did you know that our ancestors were a nomadic people? We would graze on berries and greens as we tracked large animals for the hunt. Many walked several miles every day. We’re willing to bet that you’d be shocked by how little you actually move during the day if you were actively tracking your steps. Health experts agree – 10,000 steps a day is a good starting point for good health. So this year, why not invest in a pedometer and start tracking your steps, with the goal to move more.
It sounds so simple, yet most of us skip this quick dental hygiene habit. Would you be as likely to skip the floss if we told you that periodontic infections can lead to heart disease and even diabetes? Get a good start at a healthier future by simply improving your dental hygiene. Make sure to get your teeth cleaned bi-annually, and don’t forget to floss.
3. Sleep In
Seems that sleep is the first thing we compromise in a busy world. Even when experts express the importance of a solid night’s sleep, Americans are slow to adopt healthy sleep hygiene habits. Poor sleep habits can lead to weight gain, depression, and increased risk for heart attacks and stroke. This year, reclaim a healthier, happier lifestyle by getting enough rest. 8-10 hours a night is a good goal.
4. Bottoms Up
Just make sure it’s water in the glass. Getting enough water is a great way to help with a lot of problems experienced by Americans. Since most of us are chronically dehydrated, starting with an achievable goal is smart. Start with having a glass (or bottle) of water between every other beverage that you consume. Then, as you become more hydrated, you can work your way up to the 64 ounces of water that doctors recommend you have daily.
5. Eat Real Food
This year, make a goal of being able to pronounce the foods that you’re putting into your body. Make a goal of avoiding processed, packaged foods that are often packed with preservatives and chemicals. Instead, opt for organic meats and straight vegetables, grains, and fruits.
6. Get Real
Every year, millions of Americans set a new year’s goal of losing weight or working out more. Almost every one of those resolutions goes by the wayside by February. Why? We think it might have something to do with the type of goal they set. No matter if your goal is fitness, weight loss, or anything else, make sure that the goals you’re setting are SMART. That stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-based.
Are you ready to take the challenge? Why not give yourself a visual reminder of the new habit that you’re working on with a thin QALO stackable ring? Check out the collection, here.