Dear Red Hot Mamas- January 2019

By: Red Hot Mamas

Published: January 9, 2019

“Let us be thankful to people who make us happy; they are the gardeners who make us blossom”

– Marcel Proust (writer)

Dear Red Hot Mamas,

It’s a new year and it’s time to reboot our health. Yes, it’s January and this is usually the time that many of us begin to reassess our busy lives and think about what we need to change in relation to our health. Many of you have made New Year’s resolutions for self-improvement. These include positive changes that offer purpose and hope for better health.

It’s so easy to find motivation early in the year, particularly, in the month of January. That is probably why health clubs and diet programs are packed with new people. Losing weight, eating better, and exercising are at the top of most people’s resolutions lists. After all, many of us have extremely overindulged during the holiday season partaking in excessive eating, (whether we are hungry or not); drinking one too many eggnogs or cocktails, and making every excuse we can find to not exercise. We have become overstuffed and a bit lazy.

Rebooting your health and making changes in the New Year can be difficult. But, remember, any effort that you make is worthwhile!

Some red hot health recommendations:

  • Exercise most days of the week
  • Eat a nutritious diet
  • Keep your BMI (body mass index) in normal range 18.5  to24.9
  • Get 7-8 hours of sleep per night
  • Limit alcohol consumption
  • Reduce stress
  • Drink more water
  • Don’t smoke

Adopting a healthier lifestyle and sticking to it will affect how well you feel. It will also decrease your risk for developing diseases and it will help your ability to function independently later in life.

I do hope that you will create a plan and set realistic goals. I also encourage you to get support. Let your loved ones know that you are embarking on a new year which includes positive changes to achieve good health. Perhaps, they will adopt these new better health behaviors too.

Lastly, place a priority on maintaining your health. Don’t put off those medical checkups or health screenings. And, encourage your loved ones to do the same.

Stay positive; be kind to yourself and others, as your ring in the New Year with good health.

Here’s to Your Health!

Karen Giblin