by John Murphy, Founder Make 100 Healthy Foundation
To celebrate and prepare you for a happy and healthy new year, I’ve put together my Top 10 Health Tips to give you a solid foundation to start the new year.
The best ways to achieve a healthy and balanced life is to implement simple but important best practices in 10 key areas:
1. Eat right
You are what you eat. To get the most nutrition into your body, eat a mostly plant-based diet, grown locally.
You either use it or lose it. The greatest threat to your long-term health is lack of movement. Keep your body moving with activities like walking, swimming and yes muscle building exercises like weight training or something as simple as pushups and situps.
Keep your brain engaged and stimulated. Do crossword puzzles, play bridge or chess. Read and expand your knowledge each day.
4. Be grateful
Adopt an “attitude of gratitude.” Appreciate all the good things in your life. Be happy with what you have, and you will feel a sense of joy and contentment.
5. Be fiscal
Take proactive measures to stay on top of your finances. Live within your means and review your expenses. Knowing your financial situation reduces the stress of the unknown.
6. Be environmentally healthy
Research the products you use and take an inventory of cleaning products you use. Many illnesses can be avoided by eliminating harmful products you use in your homes and your body.
7. Be social
Stay socially connected. The greatest predictor of longevity is having a support network of people who love and care about you.
8. Stay hydrated
Many of us are dehydrated and don’t realize it. The rule of thumb is to drink half your body weight in ounces daily to keep your cells nourished and to flush toxins out of your body.
9. Give and participate
Volunteer or join a group. It will make you feel worthwhile and useful.
10. Live purposefully
Set tangible and realistic goals. Write down your commitments. By doing this, you increase your chances of keeping them and accomplishing what you envision.
Remember, life is a balance. Too much fun and frivolous activity causes harm, but being too serious can make life drab. Find your perfect balance of health, happiness and purpose. Happy New YOU year!