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NEW YEAR, BETTER ME: BUILDING HEALTHIER HABITS

Starting the new year often includes making new year resolutions, planning the year ahead, and aiming for a better year than the last. With goals as a main core of resolutions, this can sometimes cause unnecessary pressure and stress. It may be best to dig deeper and ask why you want those goals in the first place. What part of your wellness and wholeness would that strike? Instead of goals, which may also have deadlines attached to them, start with building better habits.

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Drink more water.

On average, humans can survive without water for only three days, less if there is also no food intake that is high in moisture. Many vital activities in the body, such as maintaining internal temperature and keeping cells alive, require the consumption of large amounts of water. Water can help you feel fuller for longer periods of time while also increasing your metabolic rate. It transports essential nutrients to all of our cells, but notably to muscle cells, therefore delaying the onset of muscular exhaustion.

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Eat healthier.

Obesity and chronic illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, and various malignancies can all be exacerbated by eating junk food on a daily basis. For optimal health and nutrition, a balanced diet is vital. Eating healthily means sticking to a balanced diet that includes a range of healthy foods like vegetables and fruits; as well as only good beverages, such as fresh fruit juice or water. When eating healthy, consuming only the appropriate quantity of calories is as important as the quality of food.

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Exercise more.

Exercise helps your cardiovascular system perform more efficiently by delivering oxygen and nutrients to your tissues. You’ll have more energy to handle everyday duties as your heart and lung health improves. Regular exercise reduces the chance of acquiring disorders such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure. It can also help you maintain a healthy weight while also improving your mental health by lowering anxiety, sadness, and bad mood. Low self-esteem and social disengagement have been reported to be relieved by exercise.

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