Is it a new year already? Making realistic resolutions in 2013 might help you keep them.
Do you start each new year with motivation and determination only to find that you’ve fizzled out by February? Make realistic resolutions this year that you can keep. These resolutions will lead to a healthier life, which can reduce your risk for heart problems, some cancers, and other illnesses.
5 Realistic Resolutions for You
1. Resolve to eat better. Try to add one more serving of fruit or vegetables to each meal. Add berries to your yogurt, enjoy a salad for lunch, and replace a dinner carb with roasted veggies. Switch from white to whole grain bread, rice, cereal, and pasta. Replace at least one red meat each week with fish.
2. Resolve to exercise more. Set expectations each week or month. Start with 3 days a week and build up to a daily routine. Morning workouts are safe from unexpected obligations. Join a class for group motivation and socialization.
3. Resolve to monitor your health. Know your cholesterol, blood pressure, and other health data. Discuss health issues and examine your family medical history. Make an appointment with your dentist every 6 months; dental health is directly linked to heart health.
4. Resolve to quit smoking. The best thing you can do for your body is to quit smoking. Keep trying. If you’re a non-smoker, choose another unhealthy habit to reduce (alcohol, candy, or over-spending).
5. Resolve to reduce stress. Turn off your cell phone and computer. Enjoy music, a good book, a walk, or a hot bath. Relaxing can lower your stress and lead to better mental and physical health. Organizing can also make your life feel less hectic.
Regional Medical Center is looking out for you in 2013. Help keep your resolutions with our online health library’s topics such as diet, exercise, smoking, and stress. If you have any further questions or would like a physician referral, call our free Consult-A-Nurse® service at 1-888-741-5119.