Turn 2014 Into Your Healthiest and Best Year Yet
with these 3 no-sweat steps.
Posted February 12, 2014
By Jessica Socheski
With the New Year come new possibilities. Each year brings with it a fresh start and a chance at a new and improved you. 2014 is the perfect time for a brand new start at achieving a balanced lifestyle of health and wellness in order to feel your best.
Find a Doctor
This year, don’t skip out on your doctor’s visits. It is important for the body’s health to have regular check-ups. Most people wait until something is clearly wrong and undergo unnecessary pain and worry before they decide to visit a physician on a consistent basis.
When it comes to choosing the best doctor(s) for the job, look into varying aspects of health-care that range from conventional and naturopathic to corporate wellness programs. Many employers provide health-care in their benefits package such as MDVIP corporate wellness plans. Or, look into finding a private physician. These types of doctors have fewer patients thereby allowing them to allot more time and concern with each visit.
If insurance changes or other reasons have you looking for a new doctor, don’t be afraid to take a trial run before committing to their practice. Schedule a visit. While at the office, check out how the doctors interact with their staff and how they treat their patients. This can provide sufficient insight into how comfortable you will feel at this office.
Try New Exercise
A routine offers stability and security, so most people like routine. However, it is also important to take a break from the normal every once and a while to try something new.
Being in a rut can mentally and physically affect the body. Instead of running 3 miles on a treadmill 3 times a week, mix it up. Take a new class at the gym, or pick up a new sport. This way, the mind sees and feels new things while the body is challenged.
Trying a fresh activity also means meeting new people and enjoying a change of scenery. Plus, it can prove more fun and exciting. The winter snow got your routine and your mood in a funk? Tired of staying indoors? Challenge yourself while meeting new people with an outdoor walk/run group. You can find walkers and runners in your area on sites like Meetup.com. Instead of lifting weights, go kayaking. Spending a day on the water is a tranquil activity that is heart healthy as well. Or switch out your sprints for a pick up game of ultimate Frisbee with friends. Along with running, you will also practice coordination and agility while enjoying quality time with friends.
Get Creative in the Kitchen
Cooking is sometimes seen as just another chore. But it can be viewed as a way to let the creative juices flow. While grabbing take out on the way home from work sounds simpler than having to create a meal from the ingredients in the fridge, with careful planning, making dinner each night will be tastier and healthier than take-out. And cooking your own meals can also become a way to decompress from the day.
Pick one day each week to sit down and create the week’s meal plan. Then, go to the grocery store and pick up all the ingredients, and spend a little time prepping for the week. With all of your meals already decided on and ready to be prepared, you will feel more motivated to cook, and preparing your own food will be much easier to do.
Eating well, trying new exercises, and having the security of a personal doctor are just the stepping-stones to a happier, healthier new year!
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