Everyone starts out the New Year making resolutions with the best of intentions. More often than not, though, these resolutions are long forgotten a few months later.
2013 can be different. You can create health resolutions for you and your family that you keep and feel good about. Here are some examples of sustainable resolutions:
- Step away from your desk when you can throughout the work day. Physical activity increases productivity, improves your health, and lowers stress.
- Make better food choices, such as choosing multi-grain bread or cereal. Whole grains are documented to help lower the risk of heart disease and stroke.
- Try making small changes to your eating habits. Start the day with a healthier breakfast.
- Get moving! Start a consistent exercise regimen. Encourage your friends and family to join you! A combination of resistance training and cardiovascular exercise supports a healthy weight and lowers your risk for diabetes and heart disease.
- Sleep on it. Medical research supports a connection between sleep and learning and recent research suggests that sleep may also clear the brain for new learning.
- Wear sunscreen and make sure your children do too. Only 25% of children wear it regularly.
- Schedule regular checkups for you and your family. Regular health exams can help find problems before they start and can lead to a longer, healthier life.
- Cut down on salt and processed foods. Salt has been shown to increase high blood pressure and processed foods are one of the biggest sources of hidden sodium.
These are easy-to-stick-to resolutions that you and your family can keep and feel good about. Do you have any health related resolutions you plan to make in the New Year? Please share them with us.