1.Eating More Whole Foods
One of the easiest ways to improve overall health is to eat more whole foods. Vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, whole grains, and fish have TONS of nutrients that your body needs to function. Starting now will make it second nature in no time at all.
2. Get Off of Your Backside
Now more than ever, most people sit more than they should. Sitting too much can have negative effects on your overall health. Just “getting your steps in” will have a profound difference. Get moving! A 15-minute walk at lunch is a great way to start.
3. Decrease sweetened beverages
No one is saying you have to drink ONLY water….but sugary drinks are the devil when it comes to dieting. If you drink them, just cut back.
4. Make time to practice self-care
Don’t believe what you hear – Taking time for yourself is NOT selfish. On the contrary, it’s a huge part of being happy. Make it one of your very top priorities in 2021.
5. Get Outside
Spending more time outdoors, even if it’s just sitting on the porch, can help overall health. Making this one of your resolutions will undoubtedly lead to more exercise as the weather improves.
6. Cut Back on Screen time
I struggle with this daily and need help. I either set an alarm and schedule my “outside work” screen time or employ an app I use to log the amount of minutes I spend on social media. I am always shocked enough to keep the mindless scrolling in check.
7. More natural, less convenience
It’s no surprise that fast food is associated with poor overall diet quality, obesity, heart disease one diabetes. Limiting yourself to fast food one or two times a week is an easy way to get healthier. Also, reading labels and keeping your added sugars down make a HUGE difference in both diet and emotional well-being.
8. Make and Keep Grocery List
Having a well-stocked fridge and pantry is necessary for healthy eating. Take the time to curate your weekly shopping list. It’s both a time-saver AND a step in the right direction for healthy living. Tip: NEVER grocery shop on an empty stomach!
9. Cut Back on Alcohol (or not)
This is a tricky one. I, personally, have felt better since I cut back on my alcohol intake a few years ago. I am far more productive and I don’t miss the hangovers…….BUT, I understand that alcohol has been a particular comfort for many in 2020. We’ve had a lot to deal with. If you’re not quite ready to decrease the booze, give it a little more time. Maybe a post-vaccine Spring or Summer cleanse is in your future!
10. Book Yearly Doctor Appointments
Yearly checkups with your practitioner is important for many reasons. Having regular blood work and necessary screenings can help spot potential problems before they become serious issues. Make a list of appointments you both should and could take care of and get to it! You’ll feel better, promise.
11. Make Dental Care a Priority
Believe it or not, your dental care is VERY important to your overall health. It’s also an easy thing to make a priority. Get a new toothbrush! Use a timer when you brush your teeth. Add mouthwash to your morning and evening schedules.
12. Drink More Water
I strive to consume at least 100 ounces of water a day. It wasn’t easy at first but, with the help of a tracker in my phone, it became second nature. It, surprisingly, makes a huge difference in my hunger and energy levels.
13. New Sneakers
Discomfort and injury are common problems for exercisers and often old trainers are the cause. Replace your running shoes every 300 to 400 miles, depending on your running style, body weight and the type of shoes you purchase.
14. Stick to Bedtime Schedule
Raise your hand if you don’t have a set bedtime ritual. Most people don’t but setting your alarm in order to put down the phone/work/remote control and get into bed is an easy and effective way to get the amount of sleep you need.
15. Clean & Donate
I’ve discussed the Kondo Method before and I still use many of the tips I learned still. Getting rid of the old and having more space is a surprisingly uplifting process.
16. Read more
Either reading or listening to a book on tape is a great way to relax and feel like your free-time is productive.
17. Cleaning Schedule and Stick to it
I have a checklist of cleaning tasks I perform on rotation. Checking off those items helps me stay ahead of the curve (and dog hair!).
18. Don’t Neglect Your Abs
When crafting a new exercise regimen for 2021, don’t forget about your abs. Countless exercisers focus on cardio and forget about the core. Stronger cores result in healthier people!
19. Make Bed EVERY morning
It might seem like a small accomplishment but making your bed every morning sets the tone for the day. Make your spouse/kids do it as well! Again, once it becomes second nature it’s an easy task to keep up with.
20. Take the Stairs
Since we’re not in large office buildings that use elevators as much, taking the stairs isn’t a choice on the regular for me. But I DO make myself go up and down the stairs in my house at least 8 times a day.
21. More CBD!
This is an easy one. Our Purelix Wellness CBD Sampler Pack is perfect for anyone that may want to try CBD or for those that already use CBD but would like to try it in a different delivery method. Each Sampler comes with a miniature jar of menthol-infused Sports Cream, easy-to-take softgels, our tasty gummies and one of our fresh CBD oil tinctures. And if you have a four-legged family member be sure to add our Purelix Pets CBD Dog Chews.