JANUARY HEALTH TIPS

Resolve to Be More Active

Resolve to be more active this year, even if that doesn’t mean going to the gym five times a week. One recent study found that taking 15-minute post meal walks can help cut the risk of developing type 2 diabetes even better than a single sustained 45-minute walk. Another found that people who only worked out on weekends were just as healthy as those who exercise daily, as long as they accumulated a minimum of two and a half hours of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity.

Resolve to Eat More Veggies

Resolve to eat more veggies! In addition to being packed with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, fiber, and fluid, research shows that eating more vegetables can enhance energy and mood, ward off aging, and slash the risk of nearly every chronic disease. Plus trading starchy foods for veggies, like ordering a salad instead of a burrito, can help you cut out excess carbs and shrink your fat cells.

Resolve to Drink More Water

Resolve to drink more H2O. Research shows that people who get most of their daily liquids from plain water, rather than other beverages, tend to have healthier diets overall. And downing more water may help you effortlessly shed pounds. Water supports optimal metabolism, and studies show that drinking a few cups of before meals can naturally help you eat less.

Resolve to Laugh More

Resolve to laugh more in 2014! In addition to enhancing your mood, laughter has been shown to boost immunity, lower stress hormones, reduce “bad” LDL cholesterol (the type linked to an increased risk of heart disease), and raise “good” heart protective HDL cholesterol. Research also shows that laughter boosts heart rate, and affects blood vessels in the same way as exercise, so once a day, seek out something that tickles your funny bone.