If you’re like most people, you have become jaded and skeptical of New Year’s resolutions. However, the fact remains that starting the year healthy can lead to a better overall lifestyle throughout the rest of the year. This is especially true when it comes to detoxing. There is no better time to detox than January as it comes right after the holidays when you probably ate and drank a lot more than you should have. Let’s go over why you should be detoxing in January to start the year right.
Consider a Dry January
As a part of the detox process, you should consider holding off on alcohol consumption for the entire month. It may sound not very easy, but doing this will help your body-physically and mentally.
Firstly, not drinking for a month will help lower your blood pressure. This is great for your heart and circulatory system. This may seem odd since when you consume alcohol, it lowers your blood pressure slightly, but over the long term, it can increase it. This means that lowering or even eliminating your alcohol consumption will help stabilize your blood pressure.
Another thing to consider is that skipping alcohol can help you to improve your insulin resistance. This is because the sugar in alcohol can weaken your insulin resistance over long periods. Insulin resistance is good for people with diabetes and for people who are at risk of developing it and can help save money that would otherwise be spent on health care services related to pancreatic issues.
Including Exercise In Your Lifestyle
If you view exercise as a chore, then you’re bound to skip it whenever you have an excuse. On the other hand, if you make it your lifestyle, then you’ll be more likely to do it on schedule every time. If you haven’t made exercise a part of your lifestyle, there is no better time to start than January.
There are plenty of advantages of starting an exercise routine, as anyone involved in global health services will tell you. The thing to remember is to set exercise goals, not weight loss goals. This is a fundamental rule of making exercise a part of your life and avoiding discouragement.
Another benefit of exercise is it makes you more energetic. It’s pretty convenient that doing an activity that requires energy will give you more of it. And of course, the more energy you have, the more you will enjoy life. This is one of the best reasons to make exercise a part of your lifestyle.
Let’s not forget that exercising can also help you gain muscle. Even if you’re not looking to have a bodybuilder’s physique, having more muscle is great for a variety of reasons, including helping you to avoid injury and strengthen your immune system. This is because when you perform various activities, your muscles take the weight, and not the sensitive joints like your knees and elbows, or your spine.
Eat Well All Year Round
As any dietitian or nutritionist will tell you, adopting a healthy diet would be an excellent New Year’s resolution, but one can easily get distracted by the plethora of junk foods. That said, it’s pretty well known that losing weight and living a longer life in large part depends on your diet. Eating a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and unprocessed carbs should be your goal.
Keep in mind that indulging in your favorite foods such as fatty meats, fried foods, sweets, and other delights is fine now and again, but let’s face it, you probably did a lot of that over the holidays anyway. No, we are not asking you to cut it off from but decrease the frequency entirely. If you deprive yourself completely, then there is a good chance you’ll break your diet, overindulge, and go right back to your old unhealthy ways.
January is by far the best month to get your life in order when it comes to your health. You just got done splurging on all the great food over the holidays and should be plenty rested and relaxed. This January doesn’t just make a New Year’s resolution, start making smart lifestyle choices, and you’ll see a significant change before you know it.