The holidays are over and everyone is thinking about their New Year’s resolutions. This is a great time to start fresh and commit to making healthy decisions. According to research by the University of Scranton, only 8 percent of people who make a resolution actually keep them for the entire year. If you are still trying to think of a healthy resolution, we can help! The National Coalition for Assistive and Rehab Technology believes that you can be one of those 8 percent and create healthy habits that stick all year long.
- Exercise regularly – Strength training, wheelchair yoga, and sports are great ways to stay fit and healthy. Not only does exercise tone your muscles, it also keeps your mind sharp and energy up!
- Kick bad habits – There are so many bad habits out there! Some of the main ones are smoking, drinking too much, excessive caffeine consumption, and improper use of both prescription and illegal drugs. There are different treatment options for each that can give you the support you need to make a positive change.
- Drink more water – Drink approximately eight glasses of water each day. Carbonated drinks don’t count! The amount of water that you drink should be determined by activity, humidity and age. We tend to drink less water in the winter but the air’s lower humidity can increase our risk for dehydration.
- Keep up with physicals – An annual physical is necessary for both you and your doctor to evaluate your overall health, go over medications, and prescribe any changes or tests. Preventative maintenance is just as important as treating a pre-existing condition.
- Keep up with CRT issues– Complex Rehab Technology products and services are needed by many individuals with significant disabilities and chronic medical conditions. The National Coalition for Assistive and Rehab Technology is dedicated to making sure that these individuals have access to the appropriate support they need. If you would like to get involved in helping us gain both federal and state support, check out our website.
Choose your goal for 2015, and stick with it! The start to a new year is the perfect time to have a fresh start and develop healthier habits. We believe in you!