January 1 marks another chance to do the things you never were able to accomplish during the year before. New Year’s resolutions have been a tradition for decades, but how often do you really stick to your resolution? Or create a realistic resolution goal or expectation for yourself? Below are five healthy new year’s resolutions that are not only realistic but will get you on track to fully embracing everything the New Year has to offer.
- Stay active. This is a common New Year’s resolution; however, often it is overlooked because of unreasonable expectations. Set aside a small amount of time each day (15-20 minutes) to focus on aerobics, cardio or strength training. This will help you maintain weight control, burn calories, increase your metabolism and your cardiovascular health.
- Eat healthier. Make a conscious effort to eat healthier come the New Year. Do away with sodium-rich processed food and fast food. These items increase cholesterol and blood pressure immensely and can cause bloating. Instead, stick to lean meats, vegetables and fresh fruit. Remember to control your portions too. Fill your plate with ½ fruit and veggies, ¼ lean meat and ¼ whole grain to achieve a balanced meal.
- Stop smoking. Smoking damages almost every major organ in the body and is a leading risk factor for many diseases, including heart disease and lung cancer. If you are a smoker, this is one of the healthiest resolutions you can strive to accomplish. The moment you quit smoking, your body immediately begins repairing the damage that was done when you smoked. If you have friends or loved ones who are smokers, encourage them to quit.
- Increase antioxidants. By increasing the amount of antioxidants you take in, such as vitamin C, you are arming your body with the tools it needs to strengthen the immune system, fight off diseases, reduce infection and increase energy. Some fantastic natural sources of antioxidants include oranges, blueberries and pomegranate juice.
- Think positive. With a New Year come new opportunities and new challenges. No matter what obstacles you face, stick to an optimistic attitude. You may still have conflicts or worries, but they won’t seem so insurmountable. Your mental health is just as important as your physical health – don’t forget that.
Do you have other goals for your New Year? If they involve your physical or mental health, the team at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center can help. Just call Consult-A-Nurse at 1-888-256-7692 for a physician referral.
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