As we approach a new year, many of us are thinking about New Year’s resolutions to make that are both realistic and achievable. The beginning of the year is a perfect time to make changes and set goals for the year ahead.
Maybe you’re planning on booking a trip, taking up a new hobby or simply spending more time with loved ones. These are most certainly achievable and realistic, but one key component is required in order to do these—good health. At the end of the day, no matter what our resolutions are, you’re not going to get much accomplished if you are not generally healthy.
Bad habits can be hard to break, and beginning and maintaining a healthy lifestyle is certainly not a one-step process that will happen overnight. Each of us will have unique set of needs for achieving overall good health which may include physical activity, diet changes, and mental well-being.
Regardless of your age, gender, or physical ability, the commitment and change of mindset for living a healthier lifestyle, we can promise you, you won’t regret it. After all, the greatest wealth is health, and here are 3 valuable reasons why:
greatest wealth is health
According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, almost 60% of Canadians are overweight. By achieving a proper weight level, an overweight person will significantly reduce their risk of serious life threatening diseases and improve their general strength, flexibility and energy level and state of mind.
Two very important lifestyle changes must happen to achieve weight loss goals:
Diet: Cutting out those bad eating habits and switching to a healthy, balanced diet is one of the most important steps to promoting good health. Plan ahead when making your grocery lists. Choose plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole-grain products (natura fiber is a good one), lower-fat dairy products or alternatives, lean meats, fish, beans and nuts.
Exercise: Being active to achieve and maintain a healthy weight doesn’t mean you need to commit to hours and hours each week going to a gym. By simply heading outside to go for a walk every day for a minimum 30 minutes will make a huge difference.
Other activities may include, swimming, yoga, riding a bike or paddle boarding. There is something for everyone when it comes to physical activity so no matter what it is, stick to it and those extra pounds will begin to shed off in no time.
Stress Reduction for the New Year
Overall good health includes mental well being and managing stress. Reducing stress decreases your chance of depression, anxiety, heart disease or even cancer. It’s important to identify your triggers and take action to avoid them and learn methods to cope with them. A healthy lifestyle will naturally decrease your stress levels.
Other ways of reducing stress include doing things that make you happy. Express yourself in writing or painting, walk the dog, do some volunteer work or relax on a beach. Find ways that make you feel relaxed and stress-free.
Living a lifestyle that is conducive to good health, fitness, and mental well-being is beneficial in many ways, including reducing the risk of developing serious diseases, diabetes or cancer.
In addition, a healthy lifestyle also promotes lower blood pressure, reduces the likelihood of injuries and falls, and improves overall mental well-being. The length of a person’s life can be significantly extended when following a healthy lifestyle and there is truly nothing of greater value.
As you reflect on the year past and look forward to 2017, consider your health as your greatest wealth. We can help you achieve or maintain good health with natura fiber, our natural food product based on a 150-year-old Finnish recipe that you can trust.
Learn where you can pick up our product and get started by visiting our website