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New Year’s Resolutions January 1, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Less IS More, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
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A recent issue of Lifestyles After 50 focused on resolutions for the New Year.  Here’s a quick summary of a few Lifestyle Changes that pay HUGE dividends.

*Increase your consumption of plant-based meals to improve your health and the health of the planet.

“One study showed that 20 servings of vegetables produce fewer greenhouse grass emissions than one serving of beef.”  

And vegetarian diets are budget friendly too!  Plus they reduce the risk of diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and autoimmune conditions.  If you need ideas, click on Vegetarian Recipes in the drop down menu to the right.

*Cut back on your salt consumption.  Salt looms large in processed foods, including ketchup, soy sauce, canned soups and sauces, crackers, cereal, bread, pancake mix.  Read labels at the grocery store to check the sodium content.  Cooking from scratch at home allows us to monitor what goes into our food and goes a LONG way to keeping our sodium (and caloric) consumption in check.  And beware when eating out . . . most restaurants are a bit too friendly with the salt shaker!

*If health is a priority, set aside time to exercise.  Every day!  Walking, Dancing, Biking, Swimming, and Tennis are all excellent ways to increase endurance and improve cardiovascular health.  Resistance and strength training builds muscles and healthy connective tissue.  Balance exercises help prevent falls & improve posture.  Tai Chi and Yoga are excellent for improving balance.

Walking on land or in the shallow end of a pool increase lower body strength, decreasing the risk of falls.  Stretching exercises (including yoga and pilates) will improve joint mobility and freedom of movement.  Keep moving!

*And while you’re at it ~> keep breathing!

Meditation is a great stress reducer which improves our immune function AND our mental health and outlook on life.  Soon, you’ll find yourself smiling at things that used to annoy . . . OR for no reason at all.

*Declutter!  When it comes to “stuff” . . . less is more!  If you decide to pare your possessions, take it one drawer or closet at a time.  Stop when you have “just enough.”

Aah . . . that’s better!

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