Lose weight, quit smoking, exercise more… all great New Year’s resolutions usually involve heath. Are you at a loss with your resolutions? Don’t think that the old standards are boring. Resolving to change your health is always a great idea. Changing your lifestyle can significantly affect your health for the rest of your life! Doctors and researchers are finding more and more diseases and conditions linked to diet, smoking and weight. Think back to all of those news stories we’ve shared with you this past year…
- Why obesity is a national security threat
- 100 Ways to Live Forever : Heart Health : Men’s Health Spotlight
- Heartburn-Easing Foods That Fight GERD
- Doctors Put Spotlight on Prediabetes
- Daily Exercise Helps Keep the Sniffles Away
All of these had to do with diet and exercise. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel to have a great New Year’s resolution! Stick to a healthy resolution–you’ll feel better, have more energy and be healthier! Here are some ideas.
It’s a fact, smoking causes cancer. It also increases your heart rate and blood pressure, which can cause heart attacks and stroke. It slows your blood flow; its tar coats your lungs; the carbon monoxide prohibits oxygen from reaching your brain, muscles and heart; it can cause emphysema, bronchitis and heart disease; and it makes your body more susceptible to illness. Are those enough reasons to quit?
Here are some tips on quitting:
- Don’t do it alone. Get help with the support of a loved one or go to a support group.
- Use tools on the internet – there are a number of free websites out there that are designed to help you.
- Remember that once the nicotine is out of your system, it is the habit that you have to overcome.
- Focus on this: it takes 28 days to change a habit. Focus on the first 28 days before you start focusing on the rest of your life.
- If your biggest weakness is smoking while drinking, avoid drinking for a while until you think you are ready for it.
- Remember that just one puff will send you back to where you started. It’s never just one puff.
- Get over the oral fixation by eating sunflower seeds or sucking on hard candy.
- Remember that even the strongest cravings only last three minutes. Anyone can get past three minutes.
- Put away the amount of money you would have spent on cigarettes every day and treat yourself to something nice at the end of the year. You will be amazed at how much you saved!
Change your diet
Don’t just say you will eat better this year; make a solid goal. Resolve to eat your daily recommended servings of vegetables every day; cut fast food entirely out of your diet; vow to only eat your recommended portion of meat; or cut your dining out meals to once a week. Make the right choices when it comes to your diet and you will feel better, less lethargic, happier and healthier.
Don’t go on a fad diet and don’t starve yourself! Try a doctor-recommended heart-healthy diet! Having a good diet is not rocket science–it’s simple. Eat real, non-processed foods, lots of vegetables, limit your sodium and fat intake, and limit your portions! Check out our website for a great guide to a Heart-Healthy diet by clicking here. You can also talk to a nutritionist for tips on building a healthy diet that works for your medical needs and lifestyle.
As hard as it is to drag yourself to the gym or get out there and start jogging, think about how great you feel when you are done! Not only do you lose weight, but you’re more flexible, you have more energy, your endorphins are up, and you feel like you’ve accomplished something! Remember that every time you try to talk yourself out of exercising – remember how good you feel afterwards. Exercise is another key to staying healthy and has so many great benefits. It lowers your risk of diabetes, keeps you from being overweight, strengthens your heart and lungs, builds muscle tone… the list is endless. Whether it’s cardio, long walks, a bike ride, running or yoga – do something! Make a lifestyle change and commit to exercise at least three times a week. If you don’t want to go it alone, enlist a friend or loved one to exercise with you.
Whatever you choose to make your New Year’s resolution, make it about your health! You are the only one who can keep yourself healthy, so take on the responsibility! You don’t have to do it alone, Aventura can help. Sign up for our H2U program, where you will receive health and wellness information, interactive health tools, invitations to hospital-sponsored events and more! Visit our website for more information by clicking here.