10 Things You Can Do to Be Healthy in 2020
Here is our top 10 list of what we see trending in 2020 and beyond.
1. Get more sleep.
Don’t worry about fancy devices and designer mattresses. Good sleep starts with the basics of good “sleep hygiene” – avoid stimulants and heavy foods before bedtime, keep a regular sleep routine, maintain a healthy sleep environment (dark, quiet, comfortable), keep the bedroom temperature cool (ideally around 65 degrees), and don’t indulge in long daytime naps.
2. Move more.
Bodies are meant to move on a regular basis. Being sedentary harms health in many ways, including shortening overall lifespan. If you are already active, then we applaud you! If not, then find an activity or activities that get you moving in the new year. This doesn’t mean you have to run a marathon or perform extraordinary feats of strength – you can start with walking, or gardening, or dancing. Find a friend to join you and the two of you can achieve this goal together.
3. Eat more vegetables.
This doesn’t need a lot of explanation – your mother has probably been telling you this since you were two. Think you already do a good job? Challenge yourself once or twice a month to buy a vegetable you’ve never eaten or one you think you don’t like. Check out Okinawan purple sweet potato, bitter melon, kohlrabi, or parsnips – the possibilities are endless.
4. Make new friends.
Although the term “social media” sounds like a platform for making “friends,” research actually shows it can increase depression. So aim for more time with real people and less time with your online friends.
5. Learn something you didn’t know.
Thought you were done learning when you finished school? Maybe it’s time to reconsider. Exercising your brain through learning helps combat aging and cognitive decline.5 Lots of universities offer free online classes – and it doesn’t have to be academic – or you could consider cooking, dancing, or something artistic like photography.
6. Get a pet.
Did you know that individuals who have a companion animal, like a dog or a cat, tend to have less depression and anxiety and are more physically active? Although it might not be a good choice if you have an allergy to pet dander, having a furry friend is a great way to improve your quality of life. Because animal shelters are overflowing, bonus points if you adopt a shelter pet.
7. Or get a houseplant.
Not quite ready to take on a pet? Then try a plant. Houseplants improve air quality by lowering carbon monoxide and ozone levels. They also give you a greater sense of well-being.
8. Invest in some nutritional insurance.
No one is perfect – and all the resolutions in the world won’t ensure you’ll get all the nutrients you need from your diet, or the right balance of essential fats, or the added nutrients you need to meet your individual health concerns. If you don’t know where to start, then you can try out our dietary products which are designed for what you need.
9. Eat more nuts, seeds, legumes, and whole grains.
These are the backbone of the Modified Mediterranean Diet, which is still the best-supported diet for overall health. Eating this kind of diet helps prevent a host of chronic, lifestyle-related adverse health conditions. It also helps manage stress and much more.
10. Be a volunteer.
Giving to others is not just good for them – it’s good for you. Studies show that in both young and older individuals, volunteering time improves mental health and cardiovascular health.