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How to Ring in the New Year with Good Health

Published: December 31, 2014 | Updated: January 5, 2015

As one year closes and another one begins, holiday parties and harsh cold weather can trigger illness. Throughout the year, you could be thrown surprises here and there, but you don’t want poor health to be one of them. The New Year is the best time to make a fresh start! Make 2015 your healthiest year yet.

Here’s how to ring in the New Year with good health:

Wear a pedometer. Many experts suggest that 10,000 steps a day is a good health regimen and helps control your weight.1 Any movement or activity throughout the day can really add up! Park your car farther away, take the stairs instead of the elevator, or take a quick stroll on your lunch break.

Exercise regularly. On top of 10,000 steps a day, regular exercise helps you maintain a healthy weight, build up endurance, and keep your heart healthy. Regular exercise can decrease your risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and some types of cancer. It can also improve your mood, give you a boost in energy, and help you sleep better at night.2 For best results, perform 30 minutes of moderate aerobic activity like brisk walking or riding a bike, at least 5 days a week. Don’t forget to incorporate some muscle strength training a couple days a week.

Eat a balanced diet. A balanced diet will give your body the energy it needs. Stock up on fruits and vegetables which are packed with immune system boosters like Vitamin C, E, beta-carotene, and zinc.3 Eat low-fat protein such as fish which contain omega-3 fatty acids to keep your heart and brain healthy.4

Get some zzzs. Rest gives your immune system the recharging it needs each night. Between 7 and 9 hours of sleep per night helps your immune system fight off illnesses.

Protect your skin. Protect your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Lather up with 30 SPF sunscreen when you’re exposed to direct sunlight. Wear a daily moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated and reduce signs of aging.  

Prevent the spread of germs. To have a year of good health, wash your hands regularly, cover your mouth or nose when coughing or sneezing, and disinfect public surfaces like doorknobs.

Get help when you need it. Talk to a medical professional about any issues. The best way to be happy and healthy all year long is to identify and treat a problem at its first sign.

Do you have an interest in maintaining a healthy lifestyle? If so, you might want to consider a career in healthcare! Charter College offers a variety of programs in this growing field. You could start training for a career in nursing, dental assisting, massage therapy, or more! With classes starting every five weeks, get on the fast track today!