Be Your Best in 2011

January 12, 2011  |  Tips & Technique

The start of a new year means that you’re probably setting some resolutions.  Maybe it’s to find the perfect shoes, or to simply wear your hair down more often.  Whatever the case, resolutions are made because we want to promise ourselves to do better, to feel better, and to be happier.

This January, we wanted to help nudge you into the spirit of the new year by suggesting a few tips, which can help you live your most meaningful life.  Today, we will be featuring seven tips that aim to help you makeover your mental and physical health, but be sure to stay tuned for our next seven tips on how to live your best life.

-  Take a Multivitamin before Heading to Bed: Taking a multivitamin before jumping into bed can help you wake up more refreshed than normal.  This trick has been tested by some of our staff, and they reassure us that it works!

Head to the Dentist: All of us should be visiting the dentist every six months to have our mouths examined and our teeth cleaned.   Also, we should be taking active steps for avoiding gum disease.  Visiting the dentist twice a year can help keep your dental health in check.

Schedule a Physical with your Primary Care Physician: In a country where obesity and diabetes is on the rise, we all should be dedicated to seeing our physician more often.  Make sure that you visit your doctor for a yearly check up, and if you’re on any medications, it’s a good idea to bring those medications with you in their original bottle.  Doctors see a lot of patients, so help them remember what medications you’re on, especially if they have not prescribed your current medications.  Also, it’s a good idea to write down your family’s health history and bring that information with you.  Make sure that you write down health problems that are found on your mother’ side, as well as your father’s side.  The key to being healthy is being responsible, and to be a good patient, you must show up with your ‘homework.’

Get your Heart Pumping for 20-30 Minutes at least Four Times a Week: Maintaining your fitness level is important for balance and flexibility, and it has been noted by researchers that exercise can help improve brain functions.  Keep in mind that before starting a new exercise routine, though, you should consult your doctor.

Laugh Today: Take it from the movie Patch Adams; laughter is the key to happiness because it, “enhances the blood flow to the body’s extremities and improves cardiovascular function. Laughter releases endorphins and other natural mood elevating and pain-killing chemicals, improves the transfer of oxygen and nutrients to internal organs.  Laughter boosts the immune system and helps the body fight off disease, cancer cells as well as viral, bacterial and other infections.”  So, take it from Patch Adams and laugh today, even if it’s by watching your favorite comedy for an hour or two.

-  Work out that Mind: Do you remember what it was like during finals week in high school or college, or when you had to write a major paper for a class?  Yeah, we’ve been there, and at the time, it seemed like our brains were about to explode!  After high school or college, we often fail to exercise our brains every day, and, as a result, we find ourselves becoming absent-minded.  (No pun intended!)  So, today is the day to pump up those neurons.  Try reading a book, work on a crossword puzzle, or take five to ten minutes and write about anything.  By the end of the year, your concentration should improve and hey, maybe you’ll even learn something new!

Get your Liquids: We’ve all heard about how drinking eight glasses of water per day can help clear up blemishes and even hydrate skin.  Now, consider drinking some green tea.  Green tea can help speed up your metabolism, which can help you lose some extra pounds over time.  Consider alternating between green tea and water, and before you know it, you’ll be living a healthier life.

Do you have any tips for living your best life in 2011?  If so, we’d love to hear them, so make sure that you comment below!

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