Have you ever seen a list of ways to get healthy in the New Year? Bet you have. There are lots of them. Most of them will tell you to start a new trendy and complicated diet, start working out every day, or otherwise completely change your life. This will be a different list; we’re going to talk about ways to change your health and make your life better with minor changes.
There are no New Year’s resolutions here that are impossible to keep up. If you’re ready for a list of tasks that you can actually achieve, this is the “New Year, New You” list that you need.
- Drink Water
That’s the easiest thing to do right now. You should be drinking more water. How much more? Whatever just drink more. More than three-quarters of Americans don’t drink enough water. Since your body is mostly water, it needs it to function correctly. Get a refillable water bottle for your desk and fill it up. And, while coffee and soda are mostly water, the other ingredients in them negate the positive effects of the water. Caffeine can dehydrate you, and sugar in the quantities most sodas have them simply are not good. Drink water. Add some lemon or lime if you want, but drink water.
- Start a New Hobby
Start coloring, doing puzzles, knitting, crocheting, meditating, Tai Chi, or Qigong. These activities are very meditative. They let your brain stop thinking and relax. Meditation can help to slow your heart rate, reduce high blood pressure, and decrease your stress. Reducing stress is one of the best ways to get healthier quickly. You’ll be happier and feel better, all while doing something you enjoy.
- Eat More Produce
For every pound of meat you eat, buy a pound of vegetables. Whenever you eat meat, include the same amount in vegetables. For example, if you’re having a half plate of steak, have a half plate of broccoli. And while, yes, they’re technically vegetables, white potatoes and other starches shouldn’t count as a vegetable. Modern potatoes and white rice have been stripped of many of their nutrients. Instead, eat a sweet potato or try whole grain brown rice with your meal.
- Read a Relaxing Book
Reading is an activity that helps calm your body and enrich your mind. Try not to read anything that will get you stressed, like some political books. You want something that will entertain you. It can make you a little excited, but it shouldn’t be something you want to put down to argue with someone.
- Get Insured
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has changed what diagnostic tests are required to be included as a part of the insurance coverage. With this coverage, you can go to the doctor and get tested for all kinds of health concerns, as well as having prescription drug coverage, maternity care, and lots more preventative medicine, all covered by your new health insurance.
And, since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government has added lots of additional funds to the program, making health insurance more affordable for even more people, in fact downright cheap or free for many.
If you haven’t shopped for health insurance in a while, you may need an expert to help you find the right policy; that is where the agents at TrueCoverage are here to help. But don’t wait too late into the New Year to hop on this resolution; Open Enrollment for 2022 policies ends on January 15.
Those were five simple ways to get healthier in 2022 without spending hours in a gym or eating a bunch of strange foods. These five ideas should fit nicely into your life in the New Year. Start here, and anything you add on will be that much easier to do next.