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Five tips for getting fit and fine | Health News

It is just the second week of 2019, and those who intend to get fit and fine are looking to get started or to stay consistent toward achieving their health and wellness goals for the New Year.

Research shows that without proper support and resources, achieving changes for a healthier lifestyle can be near impossible. Health experts at Envolve, an integrated healthcare solutions company by Centene, have put together five tips to make it easier to accomplish the healthy outcomes.

Seek support. Find others who share common goals and surround yourself with persons who are on the path to bettering themselves to help inspire and motivate you to work harder and feel more accountable to increase your chance for success.

Help others. Volunteering at a local animal shelter, visiting a nursing home or donating clothes to those in need provides health benefits – a decreased risk of depression, reduced stress levels and it may help you live longer. Challenge yourself to help someone at least once a month.

Get satisfaction. Pay attention to the nutritional value of the foods you choose to eat, as well as your sense of satisfaction as you’re eating. Be mindful and aware of your hunger and fullness when contemplating when and how much to eat.

Add positives. Try adding in a healthy element to your routine versus removing an unwanted behavior. Instead of eliminating desserts completely from your diet, try adding a piece of fruit. You’ll still get the sweetness you desire, but not the unhealthiness. For hydration, start drinking a 12 oz. glass of water before and after every meal. You’ll feel fuller longer and possibly reap health benefits like improved brain function, better skin, and lessening kidney issues. 

Switch it up. Doing the same thing over and over can be boring. Switch things up and sign up for an event or competition like a 5K walk or run. Having an end goal and mixing up your routine will give you a fresh perspective. Plus most group events or races benefit non-profit organizations so you’ll be contributing to a good cause and feel even better about yourself.

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