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The Possibilities Are Endless


With the Season of Excesses almost behind us, The New Year brings new possibilities and a good time to reassess your health habits. Maybe just renew a few good ones that have lapsed? Or take the leap and brave new ones?  I have some ideas.

Many of us start off the New Year with the good intention of reaching a healthy weight. There are minor changes we can make to start the process. Avoid calories in a glass, the body does not register liquid calories in the same way it does solid calories, it won’t make you feel satiated the way eating does and you end up taking in more. Lose the salt, sodium contributes to water retention. Get some sleep, those who get less than four hours of sleep per night have a slower metabolism than those who snooze for a full eight hours, according to researchers.

We all know exercise has an endless list of benefits but if you are anything like me, the gym is not a friend. So I’ve found interesting ways to keep cardio going like the tried and tested ‘Take The Stairs’ and ‘Park and Walk’. And then there’s ‘Shopping Is My Cardio’ and did you know you can actually burn a couple hundred calories an hour working in your garden? It’s a great way to get fresh air and beautify your home. And my most favourite ‘Play With Kids’!

Getting outside and getting some sun feels good! We have all been told how important it is to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays. Seek shade. Be sure to use sun protection when you are near water, snow, or sand, because the sun’s rays reflect off all these. Use a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher to protect babies’ and children’s very sensitive skin. Remember also that clothing is our first line of defence against the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays and choosing the best sunglasses is important too!

To help keep things green, check your medicine cabinet for expired prescription medications. Your nearest Sparkport Pharmacy will gladly dispose of the medication in a responsible way on your behalf.

Ever gone into the kitchen and can’t remember why? Losses in memory or motor skills have been proven to result from inactivity and a lack of mental exercise and stimulation. Exercise your mind as well as your body! Pick up or renew a language; play word games and do crossword puzzles; learn to play a musical instrument. Eat brain food, any food high in Omega 3 fatty acids, DHA and EPA, which has been linked to a lower risk of dementia and improved focus and memory. And finally, volunteer. Research shows that this can lower your stress levels and increase mental functioning. Volunteering adds to a person’s well-being and overall health. Not only does it feel good, but it promotes brain health by raising self-esteem.

From The SP Family we wish you beautiful moments and blessings in the New Year!