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Five New Year’s Resolutions You Can Stick To

Health & Prevention

Many people start the New Year with a list of resolutions like maintaining a healthy diet, getting more exercise, or vowing to save more money. According to U.S. News & World Report, 80 percent of New Year’s resolutions fail by February. Our experts put together five realistic resolutions you can stick to.

Eat to Keep Your Bones Strong and Healthy

  • Men and women ages 18 to 50 need about 1,000 milligrams of calcium a day. This daily amount increases to 1,200 milligrams when women turn 50 and men turn 70. Good sources of calcium include:
    • Cheese
    • Yogurt
    • Milk
    • Dark leafy greens like spinach, kale, turnips, and collard greens
    • If you find it difficult to get enough calcium from your diet, consider taking calcium supplements.
  • It is essential that you get enough vitamin D, as it improves your body’s ability to absorb calcium. One natural way many people get an adequate amount of vitamin D is from sunlight. Additionally, milk, swordfish, salmon, and tuna are good sources of vitamin D.

Drink More Water

Proper hydration can help you feel more energized, improve focus, and keep you from feeling extra dry in winter weather. If you drink soda or other sugary beverages, try substituting these for a glass of water, which will reduce your caloric intake and can help manage your weight.

See a Primary Care Provider and Dentist Regularly

If it’s been a few years since you have seen your primary care provider or dentist, get an appointment on the books. A yearly visit with your primary care provider is recommended, while most dentists recommend a visit every six months to help prevent cavities and other problems.

Wear Sunscreen

If you will be outside, put sunscreen on, even in the winter as the sun emits harmful UV rays year-round. Even on cloudy days, up to 80 percent of the sun’s harmful UV rays can penetrate your skin.

Get Enough Sleep

Aim for at least 7 hours of sleep each night – sleep is an important component to stress and weight management.

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