Healthy Living in 2017

New year, a better you!
We’re officially a whole month into the New Year already! On the first of January, you sat down with a pen and piece of paper and started brainstorming your resolutions for 2017. Work fewer hours and spend more time with the family? Save up so this time next year you can be jetting off to some fantastic destination? New Year’s Resolutions differ for everybody, but a common theme is that by February, they’re just distant memories. Regardless of whether you can keep a resolution or not, you should continue to make your health a priority in 2017- especially after an exorbitant amount of champagne at your New Years function. Here are some top suggestions to keep your health in check this year!
Water. Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, water should never be far from reach. Try to cut down on high-calorie soft drink, sugary fruit juices and energy drinks and substitute lemon and mint-infused water.
Wear a pedometer. Aim for 10, 000 steps each day to lower blood pressure and maintain weight.

Make sure you’re getting the recommended amount of calcium and Vitamin D. Essential for women’s health, 1000mgs/day of calcium is the goal, 1200mgs/day if you are past menopause. An important vitamin for everyone, you should aim for 800 international units of Vitamin D per day.

Eat more fish! Studies show having two fish-based meals a week are extremely beneficial to the heart and brain, due to the healthy oils.

Consider acupuncture and massage as valid therapies for chronic problems, such as back pain and neuropathy. Seeing a good massage therapist for neck strain may work better than taking extra strength Tylenol and/or Advil regularly.

Invest time in others and keep friendships alive! Studies show having strong connections with other people is key in improving your overall happiness and life satisfaction.

Happy 2017 everyone!