At the start of a new year, so many people talk about getting healthy. A new year is a clean slate, and it’s a great time for fresh starts.
As solopreneurs, it’s especially important to stay healthy because, after all, we’re truly the backbone of our business. We have a lot of responsibilities, so taking care of our physical and mental health is especially important.
If you want to make 2017 your healthiest year yet, keep reading. I’m going to share 8 ideas that will help you live healthy in 2017.
1. Set goals for your health
You don’t have to make a New Year’s resolution, but having some specific goals you want to reach in 2017 will make it easier for you to live healthy. Think about your diet, exercise, and mental health, and what you would like to achieve in the new year.
2. Create a plan to reach goals
It’s not enough to say you want to be healthier in 2017. You must have a plan to master this goal! Maybe you’ll grab a FitBit and start walking more each day, or perhaps you want to train for a 5K run. Or maybe you’ll join a gym and really commit to a work-out schedule. Get specific with both your goals and the ways you plan to reach them.
3. Adjust your diet
The food you eat has a huge impact on your overall health. Eating processed, fried, or sugary food isn’t good for your cholesterol, blood sugar, or triglycerides. The bad meals will also leave you feeling sluggish and tired, unable to perform at your best. Grab a few low-carb cookbooks to remedy this problem. The more new dishes you try, the more you will enjoy eating healthier!
4. Don’t forget vitamins and supplements
Even when you’re eating healthy, it doesn’t hurt to get a little extra good stuff. You may want to take a multi-vitamin based on your specific needs. Supplements can be helpful as well, if you are experiencing pain or soreness after exercise, or have trouble sleeping.
5. Stay hydrated
Water is an essential mainstay for our bodies. If you aren’t drinking enough water, it will affect your health in so many ways. Make sure you drink at least 64 ounces each day. Grab a water bottle that you can refill and keep with you at all times!
6. Get enough sleep each night
Sleep is another important factor for good health. Your body needs 7-8 hours to rest and re-energize every night. Create a comfortable, relaxing sleeping environment. Use a fan or white noise machine if you have trouble falling asleep in silence. And consider limiting your screen time in the evening, to give your brain time to power down before bedtime.
7. Reduce your stress level
Actively working to keep your stress levels down in 2017 will help you have a great, healthy year. Consider doing yoga as a form of exercise as well as relaxation. Breathing exercises can also help lower stress and anxiety.
8. Make Time for Yourself
It’s hard to be healthy if you are constantly on the go or doing so much for others. In addition to being a solopreneur, you’re probably also a parent, spouse, sibling, or friend, and that’s a lot of different hats to wear. It’s exhausting, right? Make sure you’re making time for yourself. Maybe it’s just 30 minutes a day to read, relax, or get a pedicure, but you need that quiet “me time” to regroup and take care of yourself.
Remember, before you start a new health regimen, diet, or exercise program, you should always check with your doctor.
What tips do you have for getting healthy in 2017? I’d love for you to share them with me in a comment below.
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