What does the start of 2015 mean to you? The beginning of a new year is always a great time to start thinking about a renewed focus on your health. Whether you officially call the new outlook a New Year’s resolution or simply think about it in terms of a lifestyle choice, making a few small changes can make a big impact. Being in the health care industry, the Aero Jet Medical team understands the importance of healthy living. For those wanting to make this healthy transition consider:
• Drinking more water – While we often hear this one, most people still don’t drink enough water. To make sure you are getting enough in 2015, consider splurging on a luxury water bottle for your desk at the office. Additionally, there are always new flavored water brands launching and many of the ones don’t add any extra calories or unnecessary salt, but simply give a little more flavor. Keep in mind that the more water you drink, the better your skin and body looks, and the better you feel. According to WebMD, water speeds up your metabolism as well!
• Weightlifting – According to Health magazine, only about 20 percent of American women get their recommended weightlifting in – two strength sessions a week. The most common New Year’s resolution is to lose weight and while cardio moves are great, the impact of weightlifting can’t be overlooked. Weightlifting provides positive benefits to your entire body, wards off diseases and helps with antiaging. Furthermore, as little as a 20 minute weightlifting session can boost long-term memory, according to a new study from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
• A balanced diet – Eat a variety of vegetables, fruits and proteins to give your body the
fuel that it needs. Most people have a sweet or salty tooth though, and oftentimes, ignoring that craving can backfire into overeating! Don’t limit your diet to the extremes too quickly. According to healthguidance.org, cheat days can help you lose weight by ‘knowing there’s a light at the end of the
tunnel’ and it’s more beneficial to reward yourself with your favorite treat after a week of eating well. Remember, dark chocolate, in moderation, can be good for you! According to a study noted in an NPR article, dark chocolate improves vascular health.
• Your sleep patterns – Sleeping is probably the most important of all the health goal steps we can take. According to Time, “Getting the recommended seven to eight hours each night can improve concentration, sharpen planning and memory skills, and maintain the fat-burning systems that regulate our weight.” For those that have more trouble shutting down at the end of the day, little changes can make big differences. Simply moving up your bed time by 10 minutes each week until you get to the optimal time contributes to a more adequate slumber. Also, not looking at any screens an hour before bed, and not eating anything too heavy or rich close to bedtime should help move you in the right track of (or at least close to) eight hours of sleep.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) even has a rule that flight crew members must be get the proper amount of sleep. Keep these tips in mind to start your track to achieving a healthier lifestyle. Aero Jet Medical works hard to stay healthy so we can proactively and reactively focus on our patients’ health. Stay tuned for future blog posts on more tips and ideas to have a happy and healthy 2015.