A new year and decade are upon us, making this the ideal time for a change. If you’re among the legions of people who have resolved to be healthier in 2020, Sean Downes, a lifelong athlete and former high school and college Track and Field star, credits his involvement in sports with helping him succeed in high school, college, and beyond. He offers three tips to get started on a healthier future.
3 Tips for a Healthy 2020
- Be Active Every Day
Many people spend the majority of the day seated, from commuting to and from work to sitting at their desks. Unfortunately, this is not ideal for the body, which is designed to be active. Medical experts recommend the average person get at least 30 minutes of exercise five days a week. Depending on your health and fitness goals, this may include activities such as riding your bike or taking a walk, lifting weights, doing a Pilates class, or taking dance lessons. Sean Downes advises choosing something you really enjoy so that it’s easier to stick to your routine. Also, switch things up from time to time. For example, you may go for a walk or bike ride three days a week, take a weekly dance class, and lift weights a few times a week.
- Eat More Fruits & Veggies
One of the best ways to cut calories and improve nutrition is to fill up on fruits and vegetables. Instead of having fries with your meal at a restaurant, for instance, order mixed grilled vegetables or a fruit salad. While at home and work, snack on carrots and hummus, oranges, or apples, instead of chips or other high-calorie processed snacks. Produce, whether fresh or frozen, is also full of vitamins, fiber, and minerals, which can benefit your overall health while keeping you full for longer. Similarly, cut back on processed sugar, which can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and cause spikes and dramatic drops in blood sugar, which can result in fatigue and overeating.
- Get Enough Sleep
The average person needs about seven to eight hours of sleep to perform optimally mentally and physically. The side effects of sleep deprivation are numerous and can be serious, including increased risk of issues such as heart attack and stroke, as well as irritability and agitation, difficulty concentrating, and depression. Even if you are busy, Sean Downes says it is vital to make sleep, as well as a healthy diet and adequate exercise, a priority. Try to stick to a sleep schedule, going to sleep, and getting up at the same time every day, even on weekends.
More on Sean Downes
Sean Downes is a lifelong athlete whose sports career includes achievements such as new recruit for High Point University Track and Field, transfer recruit for UNC Charlotte Track and Field, and state selection in high school track. He was also an administration hire for SOAR
Sports organization and has coached several community teams. On the track and on the sidelines, Sean Downes has witnessed first-hand the numerous benefits of sports on the mind and body. Today, Chris Muggler seeks to inspire others to seek and gain the benefits of health, faith, and sportsmanship.