Get On the Road to a Healthier New Year

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You know the saying, “New Year, New Me!”

Did you know that approximately 80% of people who set resolutions in the new year fail?  Why do we think that is?  It may be because people set unrealistic goals, or they just aren’t ready to make a change yet. Not to worry, we want to help you reach some of your goals with a few ideas. You may ask, what does health have to do with your car? Actually, quite a bit. Read on to find out how you can make 2023 a healthier new year.

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How to Get On the Road to a Healthier New Year

Stop Eating in Your Car

How many of you eat in your car or visit the drive-thru often?  If you’re constantly on the run, you know that it’s easier to just pull into the drive-thru, grab your food and drink and go back to work, or wherever you’re going.  Here’s the issue with eating in your car; it gets dirty, and you’re sedentary.  If you’re eating fries, they can fall through that little crack in between the center console and seat.  Not only are you making a mess, but you’re taking the easy way out.

How many times have you spilled your drink in your car?  Instead of getting a soda, or something that is filled with sugar, drink water.  Not only is it a healthier choice, but if it does spill, it’s just water, and you don’t have to worry about having stains or a sticky mess in your center console.  Instead of eating in your car, park your car, and walk into the restaurant. Get your order, and sit down to take a break and eat.  It may not be that much exercise, but at least you’re moving a little bit.  Additionally, you’re taking a little break from whatever else is going on in your life.  Everyone needs a few moments to themselves during the day.

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Clean Your Car Yourself

I would be lying if I said my car was currently clean. It needs to be washed and detailed. If you keep your car clean, you won’t have dust collecting everywhere, and you won’t have pollen or rust stuck to your car. It’s not allergy season yet, but if you get into the habit of cleaning your car now, you’ll be prepared to keep up with it in the coming months. Clean your car yourself.  Yes, it might take a long time, and it can be frustrating, but you’re moving. You’re not just sitting down with a bag of chips on the couch watching Netflix.

Instead of going through a regular car wash all the time, wash the car yourself. Of course, make sure to go through a car wash every once in a while, which will wash your undercarriage to avoid rust. It’s ok to wash it yourself too. Detail the car yourself. There have been times when I spent hours detailing my car. However, there was a feeling of accomplishment afterward. Not to mention, you can save a ton of money to do it by yourself. If saving money is one of your 2023 resolutions, this is just another thing you can do yourself.

Related article:  Mom’s, here’s a great article on how to keep your car clean with kids!

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Change your Filters, and I Don’t Mean on Instagram

Don’t worry, I don’t mean that you physically have to do it by yourself if you don’t know how!  Changing the filters in your car is more important than you think.  Those filters not only keep your car breathing and running normally, but also keep you breathing healthier.  The cabin air filter (which is located behind the glove box) is one that some people forget about. This one keeps the air that’s coming into your car safe for you to breathe.  It’s similar to the filters inside of a home for the AC units.

We’ve all seen those big diesel trucks that spit out giant black clouds. Can you imagine breathing that in?  That cabin air filter will help with that.  Don’t forget to help your car breathe too!  The air filter also needs to be changed, which is what helps your car (specifically the engine) breathe.

Related article:  5 Car Maintenance Tips

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Make sure to take a moment to stop on your way home to go for a little walk or hike. Photo: Picmonkey

Make a Pit Stop on Your Way Home

Have you ever driven by a park and thought, “Hmm, I’d like to go take a walk there one day.” Stop thinking that, and start following through.  One day after work, stop! Take a little stroll, or if you see a path, maybe hiking is a good idea.  Of course, you always have to be safe while doing this, so use your judgment. Still, taking a walk is great for the body and mind.  Maybe you’ll end up loving it so much that you do this on a regular basis.  Take your dog on these walks or hikes too. They love the exercise and time they spend with you!

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Parking as far away as you can helps your car, and you. Photo: Monica Siembieda

Park Where No One Else Wants to… Far Away

I’m the type of person who likes to park really far away. I do this because I have parked in the front too many times only to come back to scratches or dings on my car. Plus, have you seen how some people park their cars?  I started parking far away to avoid that (don’t get me wrong, sometimes there’s that one person who just has to park next to you). The great thing about parking far away is that you get a chance to walk a little bit. This may not be enough exercise to fulfill your daily requirement of movement, but it’s a start.

When you’re in a parking garage, how many times do you use the elevator?  Why not take the stairs every so often? If you’re winded once you get to the top, then that should be a clear sign that you need to get yourself into shape.

Related article:  Some parking garages call for a photo op!

Put the Phone Down

There are too many reported accidents caused by cell phone usage. I personally have gotten into an accident because the person who hit me was too busy texting. Because of that accident, my back has never been the same. Don’t allow this to happen to you. Texting and driving can have terrible consequences. This may not be necessarily related to your health goal for the new year, but it should still be part of your journey to living healthier. You are not only protecting yourself from getting hurt but others as well. Not to mention, you’re taking a little bit of time away from your phone, since the majority of the population is glued to their cell phones.

Related article:  A Girls Guide to Car Safety

Now you’re ready to make 2023 a healthier new year!

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Monica is a Centenary University grad with her MBA. She was always a creative person, and found that creating... More about Monica Siembieda