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Don’t Focus on Losing Weight, Resolve to get Healthy

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Many people start the New Year off with the desire to lose weight. Often times, resolutions fail as people set unrealistic goals. This year, rather than focusing on one thing such as weight loss, try focusing on your overall health. When focusing on your overall health as a long term solution, your weight will come down.

Eat Healthy

For a heart healthy diet, maintain a diet that is low in saturated fats and cholesterol. Focus on eating more fruits and vegetables.  Protein sources should include poultry without skin, fish or legumes. For bone and joint health, make sure you are maintaining an adequate calcium and vitamin D intake.  It is best to get this from foods, such as milk, yogurt, and salmon. Don’t forget to stay hydrated and drink plenty of water.

Stay Active

Regular exercise helps you lose weight, improves your mood, gives you more energy and promotes better sleep. Perform light exercise such as walking for at least 30 minutes 5 days a week. Alternatively, perform moderate exercise such as running or bicycling for at least 30 minutes 3 days a week.

Quit Smoking and Limit Alcohol Intake

Smoking damages nearly every part of your body. It is difficult to quit, but important for your health. If you need help quitting, visit smokefree.gov and talk with your primary care physician. Additionally, try to limit your alcohol intake which can help you lose weight, sleep better and reduce stress.

Manage Your Stress and Get Enough Sleep

Stress can take a toll on your body, so it is important you do your best to try to relax. There are a number of techniques that can help reduce stress and promote relaxation, like deep breathing, meditation, or listening to calming music. Try a few different methods and find out what works best for you.  Adults should get 7-8 hours of sleep each night. A good night’s rest can affect your health, mood and weight.

You may want to consult with your doctor or primary care physician before starting a new exercise routine or changing your diet.

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