New year, new life. Many people use these days to take inventory over the past 12 months and, of course, make a list of good goals.
If you are one of those who promise to abandon evil and lead a healthy life every year, here is a series of scientific evidence that will reaffirm your good intentions. And happy new year!
Register at the gym
A study published in the journal PLoS Genetics shows that the benefits of exercise begin to manifest after six months of practice: the risk of cardiovascular disease is reduced, fat accumulation decreases and beneficial changes in genetic material are also produced.
In addition, exercise helps you maintain self-control and improve your immune system: a great ally against cold winter winds.
If you prefer something more calm, like yoga, you will be happy to know that more scientific research supports the benefits of this practice: reducing stress and anxiety, increasing your mental activity and strengthening your heart.
The negative effects of tobacco on health are well known and, if you are considering quitting, you will be encouraged to know that a study published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence shows that stopping increasing memory is 15%.
Other work revealed that quitting smoking before the age of 30 extended the life of a decade, Informe21 said.
Learn a language
Not only does it help increase your work expectations, it's also good for your brain. Scientific studies show that learning other languages increases concentration, increases brain plasticity and even delays Alzheimer's.
In addition, it seems that speaking two languages slows cognitive decline in aging.
Register to volunteer
Even though it shouldn't be the main reason for doing this activity, dedicating some of your time to helping others will also give you a lot of personal satisfaction: scientific studies show that altruism increases our confidence and optimism, and also promotes physiological changes in the brain that help us be happier.
Eat healthy food
After excessive Christmas, there is nothing better than a healthy diet. Will we be able to maintain it? To motivate you, we will remind you that eating well improves your cognitive health, and that diets such as a vegetarian diet reduce blood pressure.
In addition, recent research praises the benefits of following a low-calorie diet, because it improves health and delay aging.