5 New Year’s Resolutions to Help You Live a Healthier Lifestyle

The start of a new year often presents an opportunity to set goals and focus on self-improvement. These goals are commonly known as New Year’s resolutions. If you would like to focus on your health, well-being and overall quality of life in 2020, you may want to set some goals for yourself to achieve that. In this article, we’re going to explore five resolutions that can help you live a healthier lifestyle in 2020.

1. Enjoy Daily Hydrotherapy

Did you know that soaking in your hot tub can have a positive impact on your health? This is due to a water-based therapeutic technique known as hydrotherapy. The combination of buoyancy, heat and massage helps to ease your physical tension, reduce your mental stress and improve your circulation.

Hydrotherapy can help you achieve the following health benefits:

  • Soothed joint pain
  • Eased muscle tension
  • Improved sleep patterns
  • Reduced feelings of stress
  • Improved circulation
  • Better range of motion
  • Weight loss/maintenance

If you are looking to improve your health and live an overall healthier lifestyle with help from hydrotherapy, we suggest soaking in the hot tub several times a week, if not every day, for at least 20-30 minutes.

2. Find Enjoyable Physical Activity

Regular physical activity is key to a healthy lifestyle. It’s very important that you enjoy your physical activity, as you are likely to be more motivated to continue and get more out of each session.

Some forms of physical activity that you might enjoy can include:

  • Hiking
  • Swimming
  • Cycling
  • Running, jogging or walking
  • Weight training
  • Resistance training
  • Yoga
  • Zumba or dance

 Once you have found a form of exercise that you genuinely enjoy, try to incorporate it into your weekly routine as much as possible. As a general rule of thumb, you should aim to exercise four to five times a week for at least one hour, as part of a long-term healthy lifestyle.

If exercise is tough on your muscles and joints, why not consider exercising in the hot tub? The buoyancy of the water can help to lift pressure from your body, resulting in a low-impact and generally more comfortable workout. Not to mention the soothing effects of the heat and massage from the jets.

3. Drink More Water

This resolution is both simple and effective – drink more water! It is recommended that men over the age of 19 drink 3 L or 12 cups of water, and women aged 19 or older drink 2.2 L or 9 cups. While your water intake can come from fluids and foods, your body loses water regularly by sweating, breathing and getting rid of waste. If you lose more water than you take in, you can risk dehydration among other health concerns.

Make water your drink of choice as part of a healthier lifestyle. Add ice or drink soda or sparkling water to mix things up, or add flavour naturally with the addition of:

  • Cucumber
  • Mint
  • Lemon
  • Oranges
  • Ginger
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries

You can make a variety of changes to your daily lifestyle to increase your water intake. Drink water with all of your meals, including when dining out. Carry a reusable water bottle with you when running errands and especially during physical activity. A range of mobile apps are also available which can provide you with regular reminders to drink water as well.

4. Go to Bed on Time

Do you get a full eight hours of sleep each night?

While sleep should always be one of your top priorities, it often falls short due to other time-consuming responsibilities and commitments. Make better sleep patterns a priority by committing to a bedtime routine. This routine can include things that help you to relax, wind down and prepare for the following morning.

Try this bedtime routine to improve your sleep patterns:

  1. Plan your outfit for the following day.
  2. Bathe, brush your teeth and apply body lotion.
  3. Change into comfortable sleepwear.
  4. Add lavender essential oil to a diffuser and turn on.
  5. Dim the lights, end your screen time and read a chapter of a book.
  6. Lower the temperature in your bedroom or turn on a fan.
  7. Turn off the lights and lay your head down.

This bedtime routine can help you to determine what works and what doesn’t. Some people find that white noise machines, soaking in a hot tub, meditation, and/or drinking an herbal tea can also help them prepare for sleep. The most important take-away is that you find what works for you and commit to it regularly to help improve your sleep patterns.

5. Spend Time Outside

Do you find yourself sitting behind a screen more than you see the light of day? This year, commit to reducing your screen time and spending more time outdoors. The fresh air and sunlight can help to improve your emotional, mental and physical health, especially when you are moving around or engaging in physical activity. Taking a break from your mobile device and social media can help to provide you with a sense of freedom and help you become more aware of your surroundings.

To start, power down your mobile device or turn off the television for one hour a day. Head outside for a walk, hike a nearby trail or simply sit outside and read a book. You might be surprised at just how great you feel!

Sun Valley Pools & Spas

Are you ready to live a healthier lifestyle? Make 2020 your best year yet with the addition of an outdoor hot tub. Visit our team of backyard leisure specialists at Sun Valley Pools & Spas in Duncan, British Columbia to explore our wide selection of hot tubs and spas. We even have a range of accessories to complement them perfectly, from hot tub covers and steps, to water care products, aromatherapy essentials and more.

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