new yearNew Year, new resolutions! What better time to start fresh? Having a resolution to better your health can make positive improvements in your daily life both physically and mentally.
Here are a few New Year’s resolutions that you can incorporate to better your health in 2018!

Get Moving
One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions is to get fit and exercise more. You see it on the magazine covers, TV ads, radio commercials… they are everywhere! Gyms also seem to be busier during this time, and flourishing with great membership deals. With the New Year, what better time for a fresh start to get active and moving. It’s recommended that adults get 150 min of moderate intensity exercise once a week. Working out can make you look and feel better physically, increase happiness, and overall well being.
Find a workout that you enjoy- whether that is at the gym, at home, fitness class, or just jogging or walking around your neighborhood. You will be surprised how much better you feel when you incorporate physical activity into your life. If you are starting a new exercise routine, and unsure if its right for you, be sure to consult a medical professional.

Eat a Well Balanced Diet
Another popular New Year’s resolution is to eat better. Not only can it help with dropping a few unwanted pounds, but it can boost your energy and make you feel better. Please note that depriving yourself from foods is not the answer. Moderation is key! Try incorporating well balanced meals into your diet, with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, dairy, and healthy fats.

Cook More, Eat Out Less
Fast food may be convenient, but is not the healthiest option. It can also get expensive. If you are one who likes to eat out all the time, try cooking your own meals instead. You may even surprise yourself with the meals you can make, have fun doing it, and save a few bucks too!

More YOU Time
Taking time for yourself is extremely important for your well being. It can be a source of relaxation, and can relieve stress. If you are one of those people who seem to take care of everyone else and not yourself, then this may be a great change to bring into 2018!

Get More Sleep
Sleep is extremely important for overall health and wellbeing. Sleep deprivation can increase your risk of heart disease, obesity, kidney disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Sleep deprivation can also affect how you function during the day and overall how you feel. Adults over 18 should sleep 7-8 hours of sleep a day. If you are one of those people who think sleep isn’t important, or sleep is overrated, increasing the number of hours you sleep could be a great change in 2018. Try it out, and see how much better you feel.

Happy New Year from the HRUC team! Let 2018 be your year for a Healthier YOU!