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I’ve made it no secret that 2015 is the year that I have vowed to take control of my health again. Making healthy choices is about more than losing weight or getting in shape. Although one change CAN impact many facets of your life, the more areas you “tap” into and the more small changes you make, the greater the impact you’ll have. Remember, you don’t have to change everything all at once. My motto is small changes, one at a time, move me towards my goal!
While my 5 tips for a healthier year are nothing new (I’m sure you’ve heard all of these tips over and over again!), they are tried-and-true tips that WILL make a difference. I know that I need to be reminded of even the simplest things that I know I should be doing…but often forget about.
5 No-Brainer Tips For a Healthier Year…and a Healthier YOU!
- Eat more fruits and veggies – no matter what diet you’re following (or if you refuse to “diet”) fruits and vegetables ALWAYS make sense. When I’m feeling hungry mid-day and want a snack, I reach for fruits and vegetables. They fill my belly until the next meal but they don’t pack on the pounds or fill me with unwanted fats, sugars or salt.
- Drink more water – I love water – with ice and without, flavored or plain, sparkling or straight from the tap. But I could always do better. There are so many health benefits of drinking water, including improved digestion, reduced headaches, less fatigue, better skin, and more. So whether you’re feeling thirsty or not, be sure to keep water around and sip throughout the day.
- Get more sleep – this is an area that I seem to forever struggle with. While I know that I feel so much better when I’ve gotten a full night sleep, I seem to do my best work at night and I stay up too late over and over again. Like water, the benefits of getting adequate sleep are huge. One of the greatest benefits – a full night’s sleep leads to an enhanced ability to concentrate and focus. Plus, sleep helps your body fight off (or avoid altogether) illnesses.
- Move more – I’m not going to convince you to run out to get a gym membership that you may use for 2 weeks. The secret is out – while exercise is excellent, you can improve your health and energy level by just making an effort to get out and move more every day. I’ve been wearing a FitBit activity tracker and love the added motivation I have to get up out of my chair throughout the day. I dance when I’m doing my hair and make-up or when I’m cooking dinner in the kitchen. I park a little farther away when I head to the store. I take a couple extra “jogs” up and down the stairs to boost my energy in the middle of the work day. Every little bit helps!
- Take a multi-vitamin – Even the most health-conscious people may find it difficult to get all of the vitamins and minerals they need every day from food alone. A complete multivitamin like Centrum® delivers a combination of key vitamins and minerals to help fill the gaps in your diet to help ensure you get the recommended daily amount of key vitamins and minerals like Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Magnesium and Calcium.
Nutrient Intake Perception vs. Reality
Prevention and Centrum® conducted a national survey to assess how Americans perceive key vitamins and minerals. Here are some of the interesting results. How would you score on this survey?
- Over three quarters of Americans (78%) still believe it is fairly easy to get the recommended daily values of vitamins and minerals by eating a healthy, balanced diet, nearly half of those polled (48%) are concerned they may not be getting enough of one or more key nutrients from their current diet.
- Three in four Americans look at the nutritional content of the foods they eat and buy (76%). Among these, nearly twice as many look at calories (72%) and fat content (61%) compared to vitamin and mineral types (33%) or amounts (30%)
- According to results from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), many Americans have inadequacies of key vitamins and minerals including Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Magnesium and Calcium
- Results from the Prevention and Centrum® survey reveal there is a significant knowledge gap regarding the importance and benefits of key vitamins and minerals like Magnesium, Vitamin E and Vitamin A which may contribute to the dietary gaps that exist:
- 58% “not sure” where they can find Magnesium, only 8% aware it is important for energy
- 53% “not sure” where they can find Vitamin E, only 12% aware it is important for heart health
- 50% “not sure” where they can find Vitamin A, only 10% are aware it helps with immune system
What small (or big) changes are you making for a healthier year? I’d love to hear your tips, too!
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