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Healthy New Years Resolutions

"New year, new me!" Does that sound familiar? Many people see the new year as a fresh start which for some means, healthier diets, exercise goals and or losing weight.

However, many health resolutions that are set are unrealistic and unsustainable, causing people to break their resolution within the first few weeks of the new year.

Healthy resolutions should be set for all year round and followed for life, not just for a few weeks, so here are our top healthy resolutions that you will actually be able to keep.

Eat Healthier Foods

One of the easiest and most sustainable ways to improve your general overall health is to eat healthier foods. Buy healthier foods, we mean vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, whole grains and fish. These contain a range of important nutrients that your body needs to function at it's optimal level.

You can start by adding these foods in slowly, rather than a sudden swap. For example, if you never eat vegetables, don't start by loading your plate full of them and overwhelming yourself, add a serving of your favourite veggies to your diet every day to start with.

Get Better Quality Sleep

Getting a good nights sleep is essential for your overall health. Sleep deprivation can lead to serious consequences, like increasing your risk of heart disease, depression and weight gain.

Improve your quality by reducing screen time before bed, cut back on caffeine and get into bed at a reasonable time. These are easy and simple ways to improve your sleep hygiene.

Become More Active

Many people sit more than they should, whether it's due to having an office job or simply being inactive. Sitting too much can have negative impacts on your overall health. Making a resolution to sit less throughout the day can be tailored to you to fit your lifestyle. For example, if you have a job that requires long periods of sitting, make a resolution to go for a 10-minute walk at lunch or go for a walk around the office for a few minutes every hour.

When setting a resolution to become more active, make sure you set a realistic goal. Many people that start strong don't make their new routine a lasting habit. Choose an activity you really enjoy to make you want to stick at it, for example going for a swim in your local gym after work or cycling to work. If you plan on exercising to get to and from work set an attainable goal such as planning this for a few specific days instead of pushing for every day.

Practice Self-care

Taking time out for yourself is not a selfish act. In fact, it's important for your overall health and wellbeing. For people who have an extremely busy schedule, make a resolution to practice self-care, it is well worth the investment. Also, it doesn't need to be time consuming and elaborate. Self-care means things for you, this could be attending your favourite yoga class, going for a walk outside or getting an extra hours sleep. Whatever makes you feel better & happier, make some time for it!

Schedule your Health Appointments

Many people ignore their bodies signs that it's trying to tell you something. From lacking vitamins or needing some TLC, listen to your body. Book up for a general health check with your GP or dentist. Here at Est-Ethics we offer a general health check and blood tests which can be discussed over a quick telephone call, if you struggle with finding time to visit your GP and we can then plan any treatments if necessary.

Creating a better relationship with food and taking better care of your body and mind can greatly improve your health in various ways.

Try out these resolutions this year and all of the years that follow, to become the healthiest and happiest possible you!