5 Ways to Recommit to your health in the New Year

Welcome to the new year. Yes, it’s finally time to put 2021 behind us. It’s our chance to start fresh and focus on what’s important – health and happiness.

“Staying healthy can prevent chronic diseases like high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol and obesity. We know that some things are part of our genetics. But, it’s important to work on the things that we can control,” says Dr. Alaina Payne, a family medicine doctor with Roper St. Francis Physician Partners Primary Care.

Dr. Payne offers these tips for staying healthy in the new year and beyond.

1. Get your blood pumping

There are lots of creative ways to exercise and have fun. Try these workouts to get started:

2. Choose healthy food and drinks

Achieving a healthy lifestyle shouldn’t be stressful or feel like punishment. Start with small changes to your diet, and add new food choices over time:  

3. Listen to your mind and body

Your body is always talking to you, sending emotional and physical signals. Are you listening?

While body aches or fever may be obvious signs of a physical illness, it’s not always easy to know when you’re overwhelmed, anxious or depressed. Take time daily to unplug and unwind, relax and reflect on how you’re feeling mentally and physically. Ask yourself if you’re in a good place or need help.

Dr. Payne suggests seeking an outside perspective. Talk through how you’re feeling with a trusted friend or seek professional help.

4. Get outside

Most of us spend the majority of every day inside. But there are health benefits to including a fresh air break in your daily schedule. The benefits include a daily dose of Vitamin D, lower levels of stress and anxiety, a boost to your immune system and lower blood pressure.

5. Set goals

It can be hard to stay committed to healthy living and self-care — it’s much easier to become your own worst enemy. Focus and motivation are the keys to starting a healthy new year. Achieve both by setting short and long-term goals, and asking a friend or family member to keep you accountable. Better yet, create a support group and develop a check-in system to keep one another on track. If you have questions about your health and wellness routine, Roper St. Francis Healthcare is here to help. Visit rsfh.com to get care