If you are thinking of trying a new recipe for your health in the new year and are worried about it, your worries can be forgiven.
Do yoga, lift weights, lose carbs or fat, give up alcohol, reduce stress. It’s easy to think that you have to fix some things in your life to be a healthy, happy person.
We asked the experts what advice they would give to people who are adults and who are in good health and do not smoke.
Focus on the mind
It’s easy to think only about your physical health.
According to Dr. Nadini Sami, Associate Lecturer in Support and Exercise at the University of Exeter, we must focus on improving our minds by creating awareness about ourselves.
According to him, you may think that this is to prevent yourself from being disturbed, but it is much more than that.
Self-awareness is an ability to understand different moods and emotions and can play an important role in improving mental and physical health.
“If you understand your feelings, causes and behaviors more deeply, you can consciously make better decisions for yourself,” he says.
‘What convinces you to exercise, for example? When you have too much and when too little, do you want to exercise and why? ‘
She says there are many ways to do this, including meditating on a daily basis, meditating, concentrating, or just meditating after certain activities or at the end of the day.
Take a dog
A gym membership, a Pilates class or a morning walk are just a few of the things that come to mind when we think of being physically active.
Rhys Thatcher, a doctor of exercise physiology at Iberiswith University, says going to the gym works for very few people, as many leave the gym after a month or two.
Instead, they suggest finding other ways that can continue on a regular basis in our daily lives.
There are many ways to do this, from abandoning your office elevator to shopping and parking your car away from the supermarket.
But he says there are special benefits to raising a dog.
If you make sure you take a 30-minute walk twice a day, you can improve your activities as well as reap the emotional benefits of raising a dog.
Dr. Thatcher says: ‘That way you can spend time outdoors, exercise, find a faithful companion and at the same time improve the life of another living being. All of these things can help you improve your physical and mental health.
30 growing items per week
We have all heard that we should eat five portions of fruits and vegetables a day.
But according to Dr. Megan Rosie, this is not just a quantity we must strive for, but a change.
“Our goal is to have 30 different growing foods a week,” he said.
Because the different foods that grow play an important role in our better health.
Bacteria in our stomach, known as microbiome, play an important role in our health.
Allergies, obesity, Parkinson’s and even stress are all related to bacteria in the stomach.
“One way we can easily change the things we grow in our diet is to know a little bit about the things we buy,” says Dr. Rosie.
‘Buy four different pulses instead of just gram. Instead of buying the same seeds, buy four different seeds.
Most of us plan to lose weight and go to the gym during the holiday season.
But Dr. James Gill says the problem with such “arbitrary” goals is that they are often difficult to achieve and failure to do so leads to a lack of confidence.
Dr. James Gill suggests trying to be happier instead.
“There are specific things you can do to make your life healthier, but only if you can’t enjoy your life,” says Dr. James Gill, a researcher and locomotive GP at Warwick Medical School. So you probably can’t keep up with the difficult and patient changes. ”
But what can you do to be happy?
Dr. Gill says to make a change in your life that will make you smile more often. In the same way, identify something that makes you unhappy and try to make it better.
“Catch these two things and you’ll be ready to look for other things that can improve your health for the rest of the year.”
And finally, get more sleep
Everyone knows this, but we should all make it our goal to get enough sleep (seven to nine hours of sleep a night is essential for healthier teens.)
Dr. Gavin Buckingham, a senior lecturer in support and health sciences at the University of Exeter, says that even a slight loss of sleep (five hours a night) can affect cognitive performance, which includes decision-making ability.
There are many things that can be done to help you get a good night’s sleep, such as quitting caffeine at bedtime.
But Dr. Buckingham calls for the use of filters to prevent the use of electronic devices such as mobile phones and laptops while they are asleep, or at least to prevent them from emitting blue light.