A Fair and Healthy New Year’s List

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Published by Dr. Charles Gemmi

A Board Certified Orthodontist and a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics, Dr. Charles Gemmi has been a practicing orthodontist with Orthodontics Limited since 2000 and is a member of the teaching staff at Einstein Medical Center. Orthodontics Limited is a Diamond+ Provider of Invisalign in Philadelphia and Hatboro, PA.

A new year has arrived. If you want it to be one of your healthiest ever, this is the guide you want to follow. We’ll discuss what to include in your New Year’s list.

There are plenty of ways to take care of yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally. It’s important that you consider what changes you can make in your life. Yes, it may be a new year – but are you ready for the ‘new you’?

Let’s take a look now at the following things you can do right now to get your 2023 started on the right foot.

See if you need orthodontic treatment

If your smile isn’t as straight and perfect, it may be a good idea to consider orthodontic care. If you want to know how to get braces, visiting an orthodontist is your best option. The good news is that the options are not as limited as they used to be.

You have options like Invisalign or traditional braces. It will all depend on what the orthodontist finds in their initial evaluation. You can follow the treatment plan and have your smile corrected in a certain amount of time.

Thanks to new and improved technology, most orthodontic care treatments last quicker than back in the day. However, the time that it takes can depend on your condition. Remember that not every person will have a guaranteed time table in terms of their orthodontic treatment.

Likewise, they may also need to consider options that pertain to their financial situation. Invisalign braces are the most costly solution because of the length of time and its ability of being the most effective treatment. You might not qualify for Invisalign if your condition is not good enough.

But don’t be discouraged, traditional braces have come a long way in terms of comfort and aesthetics. If you are an adult, consider seeing an adult orthodontist since they are specialized with treating specific conditions affecting your age group.

Get started with regular exercise

Whether you need orthodontic treatment or not, regular exercise is key for everyone. You can lose weight or even gain muscle. It all depends on your fitness goals. On average, a person needs 150 minutes of exercise each week. Meaning you can do 30 minutes of it for five days. You don’t have to start out with that much.

You can start out small and work your way up. It can be 30 minutes for three to four days. If you become more comfortable, you can make the adjustments. As for exercises, it can be brisk walking, jogging, aerobics, biking, you name it. Be sure to plan your exercise days. Especially if you intend on focusing on different parts of your body like your back or arms. The best part – you can do these at home if spending money on a gym membership isn’t your cup of tea.

If you want to make regular exercise very effective, it should go hand-in-hand with the next thing on our list.

Consider a well-balanced diet

Indeed, a well-balanced diet will be exactly what you need. You can get rid of all the sugar, processed foods, and what have you. In its place will be your fruits, veggies, lean protein, and whole grains. Granted, it’s important to focus on your daily need for vitamins and minerals. These can go a long way when it comes to taking care of yourself physically. Especially as you get older.

You’d be surprised by what kind of health benefits you can get out of your diet. For example, calcium helps with strengthening your bones. Vitamins A and C can also be great for your oral health as well. Speaking of oral health, let’s talk more about that.

Assess your dental hygiene

Are you brushing at least twice a day? If not, do so. If you are, then keep at it. Your oral health is just as important as your physical health. In fact, they’re actually connected to one another. Good oral health also applies to making visits to your dentist twice a year.

Every six months, you should consider regular examinations and cleanings. Poor oral health can lead to a host of health issues, particularly your heart. Infections can also occur, which can be fatal if you do not take care of it.

Yes, those stories about a toothache leading to death are true. If you don’t have adequate dental coverage, speak to a dentist about financing options during your appointment.

Take care of yourself mentally

Mental health is just as important. You might be dealing with stress on a regular basis. If you allow it to go unchecked, it can take a toll on you. That’s why it is important to add to your New Year’s List this: ‘practicing mindfulness’.

You can do this by finding a peaceful spot regularly and do breathing exercises for a few minutes. In through the nose and out the mouth. You can do this for a brief moment if you’re pressed for time.

Mindfulness helps keep you grounded. At the same time, it will also help boost your awareness. You’ll be aware that some of the things around you can stress you out.

But you are in control. However, mindfulness is one way to take care of yourself mentally. You can also do regular exercise that can boost your mood. If things are not good mentally, don’t be afraid to reach out for professional help.

Final Thoughts

Adding these five things above to your New Year’s List is easy. It’s important that you consider assessing what your regular daily routine is like. This way, you can make adjustments accordingly. It’s important that you consider making changes as soon as possible. Procrastination can lead to never doing anything at all. Once you have a list handy for all your New Year’s goals, put them to good use.

Make sure you set actionable, measurable, and realistic goals. This way, you’ll feel a lot healthier by the next year.

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