It's a few weeks into 2017. How're those resolutions hanging in there? It's okay if you haven't stuck with everything, but keeping yourself healthy in the new year is still important.
Thankfully, there are some super easy ways to stay healthy that don't require a lot of time or effort.
Get More Sleep
It sounds so straightforward, and you've probably heard it a million times. The truth is that getting the recommended 6-7 hours of sleep (for the average adult) will not only give you the energy you need to get through the day, but also helps your body regulate your weight and mood.
You might have been nagged to drink water from your parents or teachers when you were a kid, but it's still true. Water is essential for every living organism, and staying hydrated affects every part of your health.
Drink water and eat fruits and vegetables, which are full of natural juices and do a lot to contribute both to your hydration and nutrients. Fruit juices are okay, but you'll get just as hydrated and get more nutrients from eating the fruits and veggies!
Leg Day is A-Okay (and Arms & Core!)
Not everyone wants to build a bunch of bulky muscles, but strength training really is beneficial for everyone. Building muscles, especially in your core, help stabilize your body and burn energy more efficiently.
A good rule of thumb is this: for bulk, use heavier weights. For lean tone, use lighter weights with more repetitions. You can also use body-weight excercises, which don't use weight at all, utilizing your body and strength. Your body will thank you!
Focus on Nutrients
When you're deciding what to eat, try to fall on the side of what's going to give you the most nutritional impact. Vegetables, fruits, lean meats, and fish are the go-tos for a reason: they are going to give you a slew of nutrients that will help your body and mind perform better.
If you're struggling to get the nutrients you need from the food you eat, your doctor can check to see where your deficiencies are and help you decide where you need to improve or what supplements you might need to take.
Speaking of Your Doctor...
One of the best things you can do for your health is to stay current with your doctor. Yes, it's definitely a hassle sometimes (especially if you have a doctor with a perpetually full schedule!), but a regular check-up can catch things you might not even know to think about.
There's also a certain peace of mind that comes with knowing that you're healthy, and that's worth an awful lot.
Your health matters, so taking a few easy steps to ensure you're doing well is completely worth it!