The new year is the perfect time to reevaluate your wellness goals and make any changes that could lead to better health. As you look to start out 2023 right, here are some ways you can take better care of yourself to feel your best through this year and beyond.

New Year’s Resolutions for Better Health

Quit smoking.

If you smoke, you probably know it’s bad for you. What you may not be aware of is just how much your health can change by leaving smoking behind. Within 20 minutes of your last cigarette, for example, your blood pressure will decrease

These benefits only improve as time goes on: within one to two years of quitting, your risk of heart attack notably drops. And after ten years, your risk for lung cancer will be half that of someone who still smokes. You don’t have to go cold turkey on your own, either; speak with one of our providers about medications that can help you quit

Improve your sleep hygiene.

Sleep recharges your mind and body, and most adults need seven hours to function their best. Without adequate sleep, you could experience cognitive issues or mood imbalances the next day. If the pattern of sleeplessness persists, you’ll be at a higher risk for serious health issues like heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, and diabetes.

Promote better slumber by sticking to a routine bedtime each night, avoiding caffeine late in the day, and keeping your sleep space comfortable and cool. You’ll also want to avoid any devices with blue light (including your phone) at least an hour before bed.

Eat more veggies.

At the start of a new year, many people focus on losing a certain amount of weight. While weight loss can certainly benefit your health if it’s warranted, one dietary approach that can help you get there (while also delivering more nutrients) is to increase your vegetable intake. 

A veggie-rich diet can keep you satiated, and help control your risk of serious illness. Incorporate spinach in your morning smoothie or omelet, have a veggie bowl or big salad for lunch, and cook delicious sides from fresh produce at dinner.

Find exercise you enjoy.

Routine exercise keeps you strong, limber, and healthy enough to fulfill everyday tasks. Like a healthy diet, it can also help you minimize your risk of serious disease. To achieve this, most adults need 30 minutes of moderate-intensity activity at least five days a week. 

But you’re much more likely to stick with physical activity if you enjoy it, so find exercise that makes you feel good. Experiment with classes at your local gym, recreation center, or even online, until you discover your new favorite activity.

Stay social.

Staying in touch with loved ones doesn’t just make you feel good; it can also keep your memory sharp, boost your cognitive skills, and even help you live longer. While catching up in person delivers the greatest benefits, any type of socialization can have health-boosting effects, so make a point to connect even after the busy holiday season is behind us.

A final but important way to prioritize your health in the coming year is to visit your doctor. Whether it’s to discuss any new concerns you may have, to set a baseline for health goals, or receive routine testing, your appointment could be the first step in a journey to better health. See which of our two office locations is closest to you, and schedule an appointment by calling 762-356-4933.