When the New Year kicks in, do you start thinking about all the healthy things you should have been doing, but didn't in the year that just ended? Then you're like most of us. Procrastination is the commonest crime most of us are guilty of when it comes to scheduling wellness checks and adopting healthy lifestyles.
Here we've created a month-wise checklist to make this coming New Year's wellness resolution more achievable for you! Follow our look-after-yourself-plan for this year, and you will be glowing with health for the next decade (and more)!
Kick the butt.
You know it's bad for you. And what's more, it burns a deep hole in your pocket! You have tried keeping away from those ciggies every other year. You've tried patches, gums. . . but now you're puffing at them again!
2008 may well be the year you kick nicotine out of your life. The easiest and most effective way is to get yourself enrolled in a Tobacco Cessation Clinic. It has been shown that most patients successfully quit smoking within a few weeks of joining. The key is a combination of expert counseling and new medication.
Enjoy life more.
Yes, you've got that car you've always wished for; you've just gotten yourself a pay rise and you think life just can't get any better. But don't deny this - life has definitely become more hectic and stressful over the past few years.
Hey life isn't all about the rat race and climbing up the corporate ladder. Don't put off that holiday with your family because of work anymore. Spend a few minutes everyday appreciating the nature surrounding you. Or take up a new hobby; do something that you enjoy, like baking or playing a game of basketball with your friends. Learn to laugh; life would be so boring without all the laughter! Finding pleasures in the ordinary experiences we have everyday can be beneficial to your overall well-being. And you'll definitely feel more rewarded psychologically.
Work out that flab.
Get in shape for bikini season. Invest in a trendy pair of tracks and trainers, and will yourself to half an hour's exercise everyday. This could be in the form of brisk walking, swimming, jogging, a game of tennis, or any activity which you enjoy. Or sign up for a gym membership as an avenue to start exercising. Find a friend to exercise with you and it will definitely keep you more motivated!
Besides watching the scales dip, you get to keep high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes at bay while also strengthening your immune system and upping your energy levels.
Welcome a trimmer, zippier, and new you in 2008!
Defend your liver.
Protect yourself fromt hose horrible summer and humid monsoon season - get yourself vaccinated for Hepatitis A and B in April. The viruses are terror bugs that attack the liver and can almost be deadly. Their impact, and mode of transmission, varies widely. The symptoms range from jaundice (yellow eyes, yellowish colour of skin), fever, fatigue, abdominal pain, loss of appetite and nausea. Watch out especially for Hepatitis B, which causes chronic damage to the liver, even cancer, and a fifth of the patients die of the disease.
Get that diet right.
Ditch fast food, deep fried snacks, energy drinks and caffeine kicks. Get your regular meal plan sorted out this year, and you will be on a high everyday of your life.
According to a study published on the British Medical Journal, a ‘polymeal’ - regular feasting on a combination of garlic, dark chocolate, almond, fruits, vegetables and fruits, all washed down with moderate amounts of red wine - could possibly add an additional five years to your life, and slash the chances of heart disease by a whopping 76 percent. Also include lots of green leafy and cruciferous vegetables in your diet. There is evidence that diets rich in beta-carotene help maintain healthy eyes, and Vitamin C that up your immune system.
Suss out your energy level.
Do you feel tired all the time? Do the wound on your finger take a long time to heal? These are the symptoms of the silent killer stalking us: diabetes. Which is why a blood sugar level test is essential.
Type 1 diabetes usually strikes children and young adults and accounts for 5-10 percent , of all diagnosed cases. On the other hand, type 2 diabetes accounts for about 90-95 percent of diagnosed cases.
Risk factors for developing type 2 diabetes include obesity, being physically inactive, older age, and a family history of diabetes. The rise in diabetes prevalence is likely related, in part, to the rise in obesity among adults and overweight among children and adolescents.
Get canny about computer cramps.
If you come home everyday with a splitting headache, if your shoulders, back and wrists ache without warning, maybe it's time to do something about the screen your stare into all day.
Follow our tips to improve your desktop life. Make sure the computer screen is at your eye level, and you don't have to bend your head to read (prop up the monitor with a heavy book if need be). Place the keyboard in such a way that the movement of your wrist while typing is minimal, and they can rest in the table. An anti-glare screen will protect your eyes, and get rid of your headaches. Most importantly, take a break as often as you can. Do some simple stretches or simply take a ten minute walk.
Be good to your pearlies.
A regular visit to the dentist can ensure that you have a perfect set, and aren't afraid of flashing a smile when you meet a hottie at a bar. So give your neighbourhood dentist a call, and get your teeth checked every six months. One way to ensure that you don't have to visit the dentist more regularly is to brush your teeth after meals, and eat lots of crunchy, natural food. And of course, avoid sugary drinks and don't go out of control on the desserts.
Schedule a blood check.
If you feel run down to go out for a date, or exhausted after an average day's work, it might be time for a blood test. Women especially, are at a greater risk of being anemic. Anemia, is a condition where the count of your red blood cells, needed to carry oxygen to every part of your body, goes below the accepted level. To produce red blood cells, the body needs iron, Vitamin B12 and folic acid, and a lack of any of these in your diet can lower the red blood count tally.
Stay allergy and asthma-free.
A change of season, and the arrival of the infamous smog in many parts of the county, triggers off allergies and asthma in many urban lasses. You may break out in rashes, or have that wheezing cough just won't go away. While allergy test may be available, they may be expensive and painful. Simple precautions like the prevention of exposure to allergens can make a difference. That means avoiding processed edibles, food with colour like tomato ketchup, plus those with preservatives. These can trigger latent allergies, and even asthma.
Smoking is definitely discouraged. It is also important to avoid pollutants like dust or smog. Schedule your jog for the hours when the sun is up and the smog has subsided.
Dump that mattress.
Be kind to your back - change your mattress. The wrong bedding is responsible for many a bad back. The ideal mattress shouldn't be too soft, or too hard. When you lie down, it should assume the shape of your back. That means waterbeds, however tempting, are out. A coir mattress worth four to five inches of spring is the best investment. Coir with foam is good too, but it does not last as long. With your back snug, get your good night's rest you'd ever wished for!
Arrange for a health retreat.
You'll never regret this. Give yourself a break and rid your body of the toxins you have accumulated over the years. Popular destinations like Thailand's Koh Samui, bring to you the best possible natural environment, to clear your mind and cleanse your body. Be pampered with the facials, spa treatments, body scrubs and massages, to name a few. The fasting and detoxification programs include Colonic Irrigation. Cells then start releasing unwanted toxic material into the bloodstream with the intention to eliminate it via the elimination organs - colon, liver, kidneys, lungs, skin and the lymphatic system.
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