For most people, making a lot of resolutions for the New Year doesn’t work out so well. It can be hard to break old habits and create new ones. This year, instead of writing a list of blue sky promises, adopt a health resolution that you’ll put into action.
I will… visit the dentist
If it’s been more than six months since your last dental check-up, make it a priority in 2019. A dentist will give your teeth a good clean, and check for problems like decay and gum disease.
While keeping on top of your oral health is important for cosmetic reasons, good oral health is also important for your overall wellbeing. Your mouth can be an entry point for infections, and serious dental disease can have an impact on how you communicate and feel. Periodontal disease has even been linked to conditions such as diabetes.
Like so many things, prevention is a lot better than the cure. As well as brushing and flossing twice a day, get into the habit of a visiting the dentist regularly. You’ll enjoy the benefits of a healthy mouth.
I will… join a team
If you struggle to get to the gym, or to get out of bed to go jogging, joining a team could be the answer. Committing to meet a group of people to train or for a game of sport is a powerful motivator. And you’re more likely to turn up if you’re worried about letting other people down.
A team sport is more than just a powerful motivator. Joining a team may also save you money, with dues likely to be less than the cost of your weekly gym membership. Learning to work with a coach and teammates can help develop your communication skills and your ability to give and receive feedback.
Even if you’re just getting in a couple of really solid sessions every week with your squad, research shows that every little bit counts, with benefits like reducing your risk of certain cancers and heart disease.