The holidays are over and the New Year is almost upon us. New Years is not only a time to look back at the past, it’s a time to reflect on the future. It’s also a time to focus on your health and well being. Have you made your resolutions for the New Year?
Here is a list of top 8 Healthy Resolutions for the New Year:
- Get Fit
It’s a fact. Exercise keeps you healthy and makes you look and feel better. Regular exercise has been associated with more health benefits than anything else known to man. Studies show that it reduces the risk of some cancers, increases longevity, helps achieve and maintain weight loss, enhances mood, and reduces blood pressure to name just a few.
- Lose Weight
Over 66 percent of adult Americans are considered overweight or obese by recent studies, so it is not surprising to find that weight loss is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions. Setting reasonable goals and staying focused are the two most important factors in sticking to a weight loss program.
- Quit Smoking
Smoking is the biggest health threat out there,” says Nancy Davidson, MD, president of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. If you do smoke, stop; and if you don’t smoke, don’t start. There are several treatment options available to help you quit: support groups, nicotine replacement therapy or other medications to help stop smoking.
- Stop Drinking
Many people use the New Year to take the initiative to stop drinking; however most are not prepared to make such a drastic lifestyle change all at once. If you have decided that you want to stop drinking, there are several support groups available for help.
- Enjoy Your Life
Given the hectic, stressful lifestyles of millions of Americans, it is no wonder that “enjoying life more” has become a popular resolution in recent years. It’s an important step to a happier and healthier you!
- Take Care of Your Teeth
More than 40% of Americans avoid going to the dentist. You should have a professional cleaning and have your dentist check for tooth decay and gum disease. If you don’t, the cost could be your teeth.
- Protect Your Bones
Be sure to take your daily calcium to ensure your long-term bone health. Eat foods rich in calcium — such as milk, yogurt, and broccoli — or take calcium supplements. Women should be getting at least 1,000 milligrams of calcium a day, along with vitamin D, depending on their age.
- Eye Checks
Almost 30% of 1,000 people surveyed by the American Optometric Association indicated they don’t get their eyes checked by an eye doctor or an eye care specialist at least every two years. That might explain why 3 million Americans today are living with undiagnosed glaucoma.
Try to choose resolutions that are realistic and set goals that are achievable. Most importantly, try to make changes in your life that will lead you to a happier, healthier life. Bottom line is to make a change for the better in the coming New Year.
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