New Year’s Resolutions can be a big motivation or setting yourself up for disaster. Most people have such fantastic goals for themselves, but they want to change overnight. Guess what? It can take a couple months for new behaviors to become ingrained habits, so don’t expect miracles.
Start HereWater, water, water. Your body is made up of approximately 70 percent water. It’s in all of your cells, and most people don’t drink enough on a daily basis. Just for normal function, women need approximately eight cups of water per day, and men need 10 per day. If you exercise regularly, you need even more. The majority of your intake should be plain water, although other fluids, fruits, and vegetables can provide some as well.
Reach for the sky
As you get older, you notice that you may be a little stiffer in the morning. Maybe you had a tough workout, or haven’t worked out in a long time. Either way, you groan a bit as you roll out of bed. Well, get up, use the bathroom if you need to, and start your day with a couple minutes of gentle stretching. This will get your blood moving, and help relieve any residual stiffness from the night.
Skip the Shortcuts
You know what’s coming. Start taking those stairs! Taking the stairs at work, the mall, or even more often in your own home can start doing wonders for your body. Exercise has a cumulative effect. That means that all those steps you take during the day can lead to a healthier body. So, use those stairs, and stop looking for the closest parking space all the time.
Eat your Breakfast!In these busy times, so many people are skipping meals. But this is the last thing you should do if you want to live a healthier life. First off, it can slow down your metabolism, making you feel sluggish and more easily gain weight. It also can lead to overeating later in the day. So, take the time and eat something for breakfast and don’t forget your lunch. Try to choose meals or snacks that include protein, fat, and carbohydrates for balance and satiety. Don’t kill yourself trying to eat perfectly, just get in the habit of eating regularly.
Coves Kill Off Bacteria
Cloves have been shown to have antimicrobial properties, meaning they can help stop the growth of microorganisms like bacteria. One test-tube study showed that clove essential oil was effective at killing off three common types of bacteria, including E. coli, a strain of bacteria that can cause cramps, diarrhea, fatigue and even death. What’s more, the antibacterial properties of cloves could even help promote oral health. Another study in 40 people tested the effects of an herbal mouthwash consisting of tea tree oil, cloves and basil.