When assembling a list of New Year’s resolutions, you cannot afford to ignore the most important thing, your health.
Taking care of it should be an everyday routine but, sadly, that’s not always the case. It is easy to get caught up in the hectic, sedentary lifestyle of today and lose sight of the big picture. To make it worse, there are no instant solutions: you need to buckle up for the long haul.
So, are you ready to make a change in your body and use it as a driving force of changing your whole life for the better?
Tap into preventive medicine
It all starts with your attitude towards health. Note that prevention is, hands down, the best medicine there is. You need to stay in tune with the signals your body is sending to you. Pay close attention to how you feel and make an effort to uncover what’s causing even some minor issues. Neck pain, for instance, could be the result of poor sleeping position or a bad pillow. If the problem persists, feel free to consult your doctor.
Nutrition is a vital pillar of health that you need to take care of. Namely, it’s time to minimize the amount of comfort and junk food you consume. Steer away from crash and fad diets and simply eat fresh and wholesome meals. You cannot go wrong with nutrient-packed fresh fruits, vegetables, eggs, lean meats, and whole-grain products. Moreover, if weight loss is your goal for 2018, note that you can speed up the process by undergoing a body sculpting treatment. Of course, no amount of healthy eating and sculpting can make up for the lack of exercise, so take a holistic view of things.
Take care of your mental health
It is quite surprising how often mental health gets overlooked. Well, considering the amount of stress that daily hustle and bustle faces us with, this could be a grave mistake. Don’t let the stress pile up and cause a burnout or behavioral changes. Free up some time every day for relaxing activities and unwind. Find a better work-life balance and a way to get into the calm zone when needed. Do whatever works for you: listening music, practicing yoga, socializing over coffee, etc.
Get more active
Physical activity is the foundation of our health and well-being. Nobody is saying you have to spend two hours in the gym every day. The most important thing is to get moving: start riding a bike to work, go swimming, hike as much as you can, engage in a team sport, learn a martial art, etc. There are also many ways to squeeze short bursts of activity in your tight schedule. Taking stairs instead of elevator every day adds up and makes a difference. You will be able to boost cardiovascular, respiratory, and mental health.
Make sure your hormones are in balance
Testosterone levels inevitably decline with age, and there are many symptoms that can crop up: sleeping problems, erectile dysfunction, muscle degradation, depression, weight gain, etc. The good news is that there are many ways to ramp up testosterone production, including nutritious additions to your meals and supplements and even replacement therapies. The first thing to do, though, would be to change your ways and build a healthier lifestyle, which other steps on this list should enable you to do.
Start with a clean slate
The New Year is knocking on our door, but instead of feasting and partying, we should take a moment to focus on what truly matters.
Don’t wait for your heart to skip a beat: embrace a proactive approach to preserving your good health. Rethink your lifestyle choices and everyday habits. Their combined power holds immense power to completely transform your life.
Make no mistake: mental and physical health are closely interwoven and you have a chance to take both to the whole new level. Rise to the occasion and become the best version of yourself you can be.
Peter is a men’s grooming writer at HighStyleLife and TheBeardMag magazine from UK. Besides writing he worked as a menswear fashion stylist for many fashion events around UK & Europe! Follow Peter on Twitter for more men’s fashion and grooming tips.