The New Year is here, which brings new hopes, goals and aspirations. We analyze what we did right or wrong last year and accordingly make changes. It gives us a fresh perspective to life and nudges us to do things better. One thought that is constant amongst everyone, is the need to adopt a healthier lifestyle. While it is easier said than done, we list down 7 easy ways to keep fit in 2017:

Smart Snacking:
While a well-balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains can support good health, getting the proper vitamins and nutrients in sufficient quantities every day can prove challenging. However, you can make some simple yet effective lifestyle changes like healthy snacking to ensure you get enough nutrition. Eating a handful of almonds everyday helps the body to replenish itself and stay energized. Almonds are a source of 15 nutrients such as vitamin E, dietary fiber, protein, etc. They are also easy to carry and make for a delicious snack.

Brisk Walk:
It is free, enjoyable and already a part of everyday life. All you need to do is walk faster than your regular speed and for a longer duration of time, every day. In a new study, researchers have revealed that brisk walks can improve arterial health in people suffering from Type-2 Diabetes. Apart from brisk walks, doing aerobic exercises regularly and cycling also aids in improving cardiovascular health. However, don’t forget to see your doctor first.

Be social:
Get your friends and loved ones to join you for a walk, help you with a diet plan, get a gym membership together and encourage each other to achieve your health goals. This not only helps you maintain a healthier lifestyle but also helps you sustain your goals. If you don’t feel like it, your friends can motivate you to go to the gym and eat healthy and you can also return the favor!

Don’t over-indulge:
We’ve all been there – that time when we ate too much and ended up uncomfortably full or we consumed more sweets than we intended. Sometimes we eat too much or satisfy our emotional craving for sinful food. While consuming something within limits is okay, we must make a mental note that anything in excess is bad for health. While calling for food, you can call for bite sized portions or sharing platters. Before you go out partying, do eat something healthy at home to avoid bingeing on unhealthy food.

Hydration:
It is important to stay hydrated at all times. Water is non-caloric, it plumps up your skin, and it hydrates your muscles. Just carry your water bottles wherever you go. As for other sources of hydration, many fruits and other foods also contain water.

Relax:
Our hectic schedule gives us very little time to relax and unwind. Even over the weekend, we tend to exert our body with all the partying and excessive activities. You can take some time out and pamper yourself with a nice body massage. Take it up a level by going for a spa-vacation. Rest and relaxation can go a long way toward supporting good health. Ongoing sleep deficiency is linked to a number of major health problems and can impair the way your immune system responds. So whether it’s spending time with friends, going to yoga class or taking long, warm showers, make sure your schedule includes time for both sleep and for stress-reducing activities.

Love yourself:
Don’t be too hard on yourself when you are trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Plan your activities in a manner that it doesn’t seem like a huge responsibility but a fun activity. Try to merge your day-to-day routine with your activities so that you don’t have to make an extra effort. Take a walk during your lunch break or carry a handful of almonds in your tiffin. Learn to love yourself and be proud of your goals and achievements

Improve your health from the inside out this New Year. By focusing on boosting your immunity as a goal,
you will naturally adopt healthy habits.