Healthy Choices and Resolutions for 2013

Every year roughly 1 in 3 people make resolutions to try improve their lives and health. Sadly, a smaller percentage of those people actually follow through on their resolutions. According to research, the majority of individuals stick to their resolutions for about a week and after 6 months less than half are still sticking to their goals.

Some suggestions for the year ahead….

Lose Weight: This is one of the most popular resolutions suggesting the fact that it is one the most to keep and commit to. If you don’t expect to shed all those extra pounds overnight then you can succeed. Make use of a journal and a support network. And expect a few bumps along the road.

Quit Smoking: This is one of the hardest habits quit. Don’t be disheartened if you have tried a few times and failed. Try different methods and find the one that works for you. As an incentive, think of all the money you will save.

 

Stop Smoking

 

Reconnect with Friends: Studies have shown that you will live longer if you have strong social ties. Open the old year book and use Facebook to reconnect with old friends, it good for your long term health.

Continuing Education: It is never too late to go back to school. Study something new or do a course that will boost your career, brain power, meet new people, and even increase your salary. Going back to school will help to stimulate your brain and increase to memory and verbal skills. Not to mention reduce the risk of Alzheimers disease.

Reduce your Stress Levels: There is nothing wrong with a little stress. However, excessive and chronic stress can lead to heart disease, insomnia, depression to mention a few. Long work days, bad sleeping habits, and not spending quality time with family and friends can add to your stress levels. Eat healthier and do more physical exercise.

Take a Vacation: Reduce your stress levels and get out of a rut and take a vacation. Try get away and break that routine. Make life an adventure without having to be too bold or dramatic.

Reduce Your Alcohol Intake: Even though research has shown that there are many health benefits with small amounts of alcohol; excessive drinking has a direct effect on your brain’s neurotransmitters and can lead to depression, heart disease, and memory loss. Not to mention liver disease and increase the risk of a stroke and other cancers.

 

Stop Drinking

 

Volunteer: Most people think that individual bliss depends on bettering oneself. But happiness can also be acquired by helping others and it good for your health and state of mind. Studies have shown that positive emotions can reduce the chance of a heart attack or develop heart disease.

Save Money with Healthy Choices: By making healthy lifestyle choices you can save loads of cash. For example, walk or cycle to work and reduce your carbon footprint and air pollution. Reduce gym memberships and exercise at home. There are numerous video games to build up a sweat and get the heartbeat up right in your living room.  Make a grocery list before you go to the sore rather than walking around the supermarket aimlessly which can lead to bad choices and higher costs.

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