10 ways to get healthy in the new year
STATE COLLEGE – Staying on top of New Year Resolutions is never easy, so, instead, choose to adjust to goals slowly and gradually — until they become that of second nature.
Physical and mental health are always good to strive for, and through small lifestyle changes, they are in every way possible.
It all starts with you!
The following is a list of 10 tips to get healthy this new year and beyond:
Reading opens doors to worlds unexplored by the mind before. The brain needs to be exercised just as much as the body and reading is the perfect way to experience empathy and gain perspective through language. Stimulate the mind! Webster’s Bookstore — located on 133 E. Beaver Ave, State College — has hot coffee, hundreds of books and a cozy atmosphere great for cuddling up with the classics, so dig in!
Eat Fruits and Vegetables
Mothers all around the world champion this great advice, but they have every right to. Fresh fruits and veggies are fraught with vitamins that reduce the risk of high blood pressure and heart disease. Friends & Farmers Online Market delivers right to your doorstep the fruits and veggies you choose to have on your plate.
Make To-DID Lists
Too often, the focus is on everything that must be done. Days become filled with stress— with pushing forward and moving on to the next item on the list rather than on the joys and experiences already there. Start writing down everything you have accomplished in a day’s work and feel the sweetness of another day gone by.
Get Involved with the Community
A part of being healthy is healthy living and mental health. Getting involved and meeting new people is integral to both. Go to festivals, music scenes, live performances and community events — break out of your shell. Coming up in late March, Shaver Creek in 3400 Discovery Rd, Petersburg, PA will be hosting a Maple Harvest Festival and Pancake Breakfast. The date is still to be determined, but the opportunity itself to celebrate the first harvest with the community is there and ready.
Go Nuts With Nuts!
An underrated protein, nuts are filled with unsaturated fats that are extremely good for the heart. If you aren’t allergic, go and ahead and add nuts to your healthy diets as they help reduce low-density lipoprotein and improve the health of the lining in your arteries.
Avoid “Lose Weight Fast” Diets
The best way to lose weight is exercise and a gradual reduction in calories. The rapid weight loss puts your body at risk for Gallstones, malnutrition, dehydration and electrolyte imbalances. Don’t abuse your body; slowly portion out your meals, exercise more and make healthy eating choices.
Exercise releases endorphins that make you happy, decreases your risk for cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes and overall improves your physical and mental health. State College has numerous gyms where you can start creating a daily/weekly/monthly schedule for working out like the North Club, Fitology and Lionheart fitness. Join today!
Eat More Yogurt!
Yogurt might be underrated, but should be in every way appreciated. The yummy and healthy snack is stacked with vitamins like potassium, phosphorous, riboflavin, iodine, zinc, and vitamin B5. Yogurt can also help keep colds away, reduce blood pressure and recover faster from workouts.
Lower Your Intake of Meat
Although meat may be a protein, excessive meat consumption can lead to many cancers later in life. According to USC News, researchers found that adults who had diets rife with animal proteins had the mortality risk factor comparable to smoking.
Write to Yourself
Sometimes, picking yourself up from a bad day can be like trying to carry in all the groceries from your car. Fact is, you need a little help. Don’t just tell yourself you can do this — write it on a stickie note and hang it up as a reminder. These little notes can go a long way for mental health, by making you smile and having realize you can be your own best friend, too.