The beginning of a new year is always an excellent opportunity to reinvent yourself. Kicking out bad habits and replacing them with healthy routines has never been easier.
Have you already forgotten about those New Year’s resolutions? Chances are pretty high that you did. According to a recent study published by the Department of Psychology from the University of Scranton, PA, 77% of people maintained their pledges for just 1 week, but only 19% for 2 years. Even though old habits die hard, there is never too late to learn a few new healthy tricks. If you actually want to make a positive change in your lifestyle, find below 3 scientifically proven ways to keep yourself in top shape throughout the coming year!
#1 Tip: One legged brain-balancing exercise
Have no fear – this simple exercise is something you can do without any special training. It requires you to balance on one leg for 10 seconds at a time. After that, switch to the other leg. You can do this while brushing your teeth or standing at a line.
This is a fantastic habit to pick up because it helps improve your balance, agility, and mobility. ‘The ability to balance on one leg is an important test for brain health,’ says Dr. Yasuharu Tabara, associate professor of genomic medicine at Kyoto University. Moreover, in a study published in the Stroke Journal, Dr. Tabara also suggested that if you can’t balance on one leg for at least 20 seconds, you may be at risk of a stroke.
#2 Tip: Reveal your inner rabbit
Yes, you heard that one right. It just requires you to munch on carrots. According to an article from the American Scientific website, carrots have a component called beta-carotene that is very useful for your eyesight. During WW2, every pilot in the British Royal Air Force had to eat carrots for a 20/20 vision. So, if you want to keep your eyesight healthy, don’t forget to eat a carrot at least 3 times a week.
#3 Tip: Make the outside the new inside
For a significant boost in endorphins (which make you happy) and energy, go outside for a brisk walk! Or just spend some time in a park. With practically no effort, you would be doing yourself a huge favor.
According to an article published in the July 2010 issue of the Harvard Health Letter, spending time outdoors is good for you also because your vitamin D levels will rise and your concentration levels and brain activity will get stronger.
So, for a healthier 2017, start with these simple, yet effective life-changing habits. In no time, you will see for yourself the extraordinary results!