8 Ways to Prioritize Your Health in the New Year

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With a New Year comes new possibilities. If you’re looking to prioritize your health this year, there are many different steps you can take to accomplish that goal. Maybe you’ve gotten out of the habit of exercising or you feel stressed more than happy lately. Whatever the reason, it’s always a good time to invest in yourself. Below, we’ve compiled a list of ways you can practice self-care in 2020 and feel like the best version of you.

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Treat yourself to new activewear

If you’ve made a resolution to get back to the gym, one of the best motivators to actually go is by investing in some brand new activewear. Consider stability running shoes if you feel like you need a little more support. Or go minimal with fashionable cross-training sneakers that can easily transition from the weight room to the bar. Look good, feel good – it’s not just a saying! What you see in the mirror can affect your mood and motivation.

Explore new types of fitness

Your resolution to be more active doesn’t have to mean you slave away on the Stairmaster at your local gym for hours. You can make your fitness goal more simple and less overwhelming. For example, maybe a goal could be to focus on getting more activity throughout the day and using a fitness tracker to monitor your progress.

Looking for ideas? Consider adding a nightly walk to your routine or try out a new sport like rock climbing. Or, enroll in a new fitness class with friends. You have tons of options, so don’t feel limited to just the gym.

Book yourself a massage

If you’ve had an eventful and stressful year, consider treating yourself to a massage. Even if you just book a thirty-minute massage, you might be surprised by how refreshed you feel. Massages may help reduce your overall stress, improve your circulation, reduce aches and pains, and improve your flexibility.

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Stick to a bedtime

Sleep is integral to your emotional, mental, and physical well-being. When you don’t sleep enough, you don’t feel your best. And if a lack of sleep becomes a chronic issue, the situation gets even worse for your health. After long-term sleep deprivation, your risk for certain diseases like heart disease and diabetes increases. Plus, you can suffer from what’s known as “microsleeps,” which is an involuntary period of sleep lasting for several seconds. As you can imagine, falling asleep without warning can prove disastrous.

Prioritize sleep and you’ll start to notice a difference immediately. More energy, a boost in mood, normal hunger levels – these are all positive effects of adequate sleep.

Stay hydrated

Your body thrives with enough water and falters without it. To ensure that you’re getting enough water in 2020, consider investing in a water bottle with a timeline of when you should be drinking it. Or, download an app that encourages and reminds you to drink H2O. Once you start drinking enough water, you might notice your skin is more supple and brighter.

Learn how to say “No”

Saying, “No,” isn’t always easy – especially if you’re used to pleasing people and bending over backwards for others. With that said, it’s important for your own mental and emotional health to establish boundaries. It’s okay to say no to social obligations if you’re feeling tired. It’s okay to tell a coworker you’re going to need another day to finish a project. In order to be your best self, be ready to say, “No,” more often.

Eat nutritious food

Your diet affects almost all aspects of your health. Adequate food with the right nutritional balance will help you feel better and more energized. Stay away from fad diets. Even though it’s true you might see results from extreme diets, the results aren’t long term and, in some cases, aren’t even that healthy.

Conclusion

As the New Year approaches, it can be difficult to prioritize yourself. There are parties to attend, trees to decorate, and end-of-year deadlines to meet. But with the right mindset and a few lifestyle changes, you can make sure that your New Year is healthy and happy. Keep these tips in mind, practice discipline, and you’ll be on your way to a better you.

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8 Ways to Prioritize Your Health in the New Year
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With a New Year comes new possibilities. If you’re looking to prioritize your health this year, there are many different steps you can take to accomplish that goal.

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