How to Choose a Healthy New Year’s Resolution

Though New Year’s resolutions are very common, many of them are discarded within the first few months. Fortunately, there are a several ways to set yourself up for success and stay on track with your New Year’s resolutions. Below are a few tips from Riverside Community Hospital for setting healthy goals for 2014:

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Plan Exercise the Right Way
Just as it takes long periods of eating unhealthy to affect your body, so does it take consistent exercise to reduce long-term health risks and slim down. It can be helpful to plan manageable chunks of exercise throughout each day to get yourself in the habit of exercising regularly. The  AHA guidelines for physical activity  are a good first milestone to work toward. Making plans with a workout buddy will also discourage you from skipping out on plans or quitting early.

Monitor Your Eating Habits
Some individuals are fine with suddenly starting a new diet, but for others, it can be helpful to first track their normal eating habits and make the small changes accordingly. The USDA SuperTracker tool is a free resource and a great place to start. Dietary needs differ between individuals, but a generally healthy diet consists of low saturated fats, high fiber, plenty of fruits and vegetables, and lighter proteins (especially fish, which is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids).

Regain Control of Bad Habits
Habits such as excessive drinking, smoking, and eating all have a significant impact on your long-term health and can increase your risk of developing certain illnesses. Resolutions that involve altering habits are often the most difficult to accomplish, but there are plenty of online resources available to help you stay on track with your commitment. For example, the American Lung Association offers a free Freedom from Smoking program online. A network of trustworthy individuals can also provide moral support and encourage you to stick with your resolution.

Riverside Community Hospital is here to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle through compassionate care and high-quality medical services. To  learn more about us  or to schedule an appointment, contact our 24-Hour Consult-a-Nurse Healthcare Referral line or call us at (951) 788-3000.

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