It’s a new year—Are you ready to turn over a new leaf?

It’s a new year—Are you ready to turn over a new leaf? Choosing to be healthier for the new year can be easy and rewarding. Here are a few steps that can make a substantial difference in your overall heath.

Sleep affects the very foundation of our health. It is a time when our bodies regenerate and allows for healthy brain function. Getting the most out of your sleep starts with getting enough sleep—eight hours is ideal. Just as important as overall time is to aim to be in bed by 10 p.m., since the deepest and most regenerative sleep occurs between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. Allow yourself a fresh start to every day with enough sleep.

Water consumption impacts every cell in your body. It allows your cells to take away toxins from your organs and delivers important nutrients. On average, women need nine cups of water a day and men need 13 cups a day. Exact needs are different for everyone, depending on how much you exercise and how hot your environment is. Strive to drink a glass of water every hour between breakfast and dinner.

Vegetables give you many nutrients, vitamins and the fiber your body needs to run properly and fight infections. They also help protect you from chronic diseases like heart disease and stroke, help prevent some types of cancer, and guard against cataract and macular degeneration. Adults should have 9 half-cup servings per day, so grab some veggies for mid-meal snacks and load up during lunch and dinner. Try eating a rainbow of colors every day to get all the different benefits vegetables have to offer. And remember that potatoes are considered a starch, not a vegetable.

Exercise increases your energy levels, keeps your body strong, and improves your mood. It can control your weight, decrease your risk of cardiovascular disease, promote sleep and improve your sex life. No matter what you are currently doing, find something you enjoy and begin an exercise program for 15 minutes a day. Once you have a meaningful routine you enjoy, you can work up to a minimum of 30 minutes a day.

More in News & Comment

King County’s current climate action plan was adopted in 2015 and has provided a blueprint for reducing emissions and preparing for climate change. File photo
King County approves environmental justice provision

An update to the King County climate action plan should include an… Continue reading

Homelessness authority approved by King County, awaits Seattle vote

The agreement would consolidate emergency services for people experiencing homelessness.

The King County Courthouse is located at 516 Third Ave. in downtown Seattle. Photo courtesy of King County
Council approves $600,000 to increase security at King County Courthouse

The funding will be split evenly between increasing deputies, security and social services.

Victims, law enforcement speak about King County Courthouse conditions

An entrance to the courthouse was closed after an assault.

In this September 2019 photo, George Kirkish, owner and founder of Palouse Winery on Vashon-Maury Island, pours a glass of wine for Lori Coots during tasting room hours. (Kevin Opsahl/Sound Publishing)
King County Council approves controversial winery, brewery ordinance

After five years, the county has updated regulations surrounding alcohol production and tasting.

Washington Low Income Housing Alliance is among supporters of statewide “just cause” legislation to protect tenants in Washington. However, some landlords say removing the ability to quickly remove tenants limits their ability to get rid of problem renters. (Courtesy image)
Tenant advocates prepare for another push in Olympia

Following wins in Burien and Federal Way, just cause evictions are on the 2020 Legislative agenda.

Business alliance serves women of African diaspora in King County

Nourah Yonous launched the African Women Business Alliance in 2017 to find ways to lift women up.

Fire along Twisp River Road in the Okanogan Wenatchee National Forest in 2018. Courtesy photo
Wildfire response: State unveils funding legislation proposal

Last year, Department of Natural Resources responded to record number of wildfires.

A new report, complete with recommendations to the Legislature, has been released by a statewide task force that was formed to address a lack of child care in Washington. File photo
Report outlines lack of child care in Washington

In King County, supply doesn’t meet demand for child care.

Most Read