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4 Healthy Habits to Start in the New Year

By Brandi Goodman

Healthy habits are necessary if you want to maintain your well-being. Consistently engaging in unhealthy practices will lead to dire consequences. Eat junk food all day and you're bound to gain weight and feel sluggish. Drink soda pop and alcohol and you're likely to experience poor oral health, frequent headaches, and trouble sleeping. Start these four healthy habits in the new year to better your mind and body.

Meal Prep

Preparing your meals ahead of time can drastically reduce your intake of sugar, sodium, and calories. It's too easy to stop for fast food when you know there's nothing good to eat at home or no time to cook what you do have. If you prepare ahead of time and have meals at the ready waiting, you can skip the line and get right to your kitchen.

Infuse Your Water

Plain old water is all your body needs to stay properly hydrated. However, not everyone enjoys the plain taste. Infuse your water so you're more likely to up your intake. Water can be infused with all kinds of fruits or vegetables to help improve the flavor and boost the nutrition. Cucumbers, cinnamon, berries, and lemons are some of the best options.

Move When You Need Energy

Exercising may seem like it would have a tiring effect on you, but the opposite is usually true. Physical activity can release endorphins that boost your mood and have you feeling good. You'll be energized and awake. When you feel as though you need an energy boost, get up and move instead of grabbing that caffeine. A short walk around the block or jog up the stairs and back may be all it takes to give you the boost you need.

Stay Learning

Your brain needs to stay healthy and well just as any other part of your body does. Learning is one way you can help your head stay clear and active. Stay learning new things all year long so you can keep your mind healthy and feeling great. Learning a new language, taking a class, studying an instrument, and even reading about a new subject are all great ways to boost your brain.

Healthy habits make for a much healthier you. Follow practices that are good for your well-being instead of engaging in activities that negatively impact you. Start your new year on the right foot by employing these practices and keeping yourself feeling great.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Cartersville, Ga.

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