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Start the Year With New Routines

By Rachel Carver

It's a new year. Following the same routine feels comfortable because we know what to expect. But if you feel some monotony creeping in or have a new health goal, mixing things up might be what you need.

Read on for some new things to add to your routine this year.

Try a New Workout

It's easy to stick with the same workouts because they are easy and fun. But the body responds favorably to something new. If you usually jog, mix it up with some high-intensity interval training. If you love your yoga classes, see if your gym has a CrossFit session to join.

Get Outside More

Spending time outdoors can improve your mood and reduce stress. It also increases your Vitamin D exposure, which supports the immune system and keeps the heart healthy.

Step outside during lunch for a quick walk. If you workout in a gym, find a hiking trail for some extra time outside.

Find New Recipes

It is easy to get stuck cooking the same meals. This leads to boredom and unplanned takeout.

Browse Instagram or Pinterest for some new recipes to try. You can find everything from homemade soups and crockpot meals that are great for busy days.

Prioritize Sleep

How many times do you sacrifice sleep to get something done or to hit the gym for an early workout? Sleep deprivation can be detrimental to our health. Most adults need 7-9 hours of sleep each night to function and feel our best.

Try to go to bed and wake up around the same time each day. Create a bedtime routine for yourself that relaxes your mind and body.

Sign Up for a New Event

Having something on your calendar such as a future race can keep you motivated. This new event could also be a weekly walking club or yoga class. Find something tangible that gets you moving.

Get Organized

Many of us want to get organized but get overwhelmed by starting. Focus on the one thing that stresses you out the most. Maybe it's the giant pile of papers on your desk. Maybe you don't know how many expired things are in your pantry.

Organize one space and then move on to the next one. Getting organized can help manage stress and prepare you for anything life throws at you.

The Bottom Line

Setting realistic routines you can stick with can improve your health and help you manage your life. And mixing things up just might give you some surprising rewards.

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

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