Wellness Wednesday: Making New Year’s Resolutions You Can Keep

HappyNewYearIt’s that time again. A new year is just ahead and millions of people vow to lose weight, get fit, stop smoking, etc. It’s the New Year’s Resolution, which often includes new gym memberships and weight loss program sign-ups that are forgotten by February.

But you don’t have to fall into this trap. You can make small resolutions that are easier to keep and can help you down the path towards a better you.

Make healthier food choices. Grab a healthy snack such as fruit, nuts, or low-fat cheese. Maybe switch out one ‘bad’ treat a day for a good treat. You might start to feel better and have more energy. And if you splurge once in a while, don’t give up. All is not lost.

Be more active to improve overall health. You don’t need to join a gym to get healthier. Try simple things such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Park farther away from your office so you have to walk a little more. Be active for at least 2½ hours a week. That’s roughly 20 minutes a day. Maybe take a 10 minute walk at lunch time and another 10 minutes of activity in the evening.

iStock_000018054489_LargeBe smoke-free. If you are ready to quit, call 1.800.QUIT.NOW (1.800.784.8669) for free resources, including free quit coaching, a free quit plan, free educational materials, and referrals to other resources where you live.

Get enough sleep. Remember that sleep is a necessity, not a luxury. Your body heals itself and recuperates during sleep.

Always use seat belts and use child safety seats and booster seats that are appropriate for your child’s age and weight.

Lower the risk of foodborne illness as you prepare meals for your family.

Gather and share family health history. It’s important for you and your family to keep track of illnesses or disease and to know about any family health risks.

iStock_000040286742_LargeGet pets vaccinated and keep pets healthy. Our pets are part of our family. Keeping them healthy helps ensure they will be by your side for a while.

Make an appointment for an annual check-up, vaccination or screening.

Wash your hands often with soap and water to prevent the spread of infection and illness. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


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