New Year’s Health Resolutions You Can Stick With

The new year is a great time to take an honest look at your health and make some decisions. Have you been eating enough veggies? What about exercise? Couch surfing doesn’t count. Did you get a physical? Are there any issues you’re concerned with, health-wise? Is there something you’re overlooking in terms of your health?

Making a New Year’s resolution to take your health seriously is always a good thing. And it doesn’t have to be the dreaded New Year’s diet, either. At American Family Care, we know there are plenty of resolutions to make this year that can help your health in the long run and keep you regret-free at the end of 2015.

New Year’s Health Resolutions

  • Diet. No, not the dreaded “D” word! We’re talking about an overall eating plan for the year. The key to healthy eating is always moderation, and an eating plan helps keep you on track. Eliminating entire food groups is a recipe for failure, so focus on reducing things that may impact your health negatively. Save sweet treats for Friday night, limit indulgent meals, or replace foods that aren’t so great with ones that are. Planning can go a long way in helping you stick to healthier eating all year long.

  • Exercise. Resolving to run mindlessly on a treadmill is no one’s idea of a good time. Sometimes, traditional methods are best, but exercise doesn’t have to be boring. In addition to cardio and resistance training, changing your daily habits can get you closer to those fitness goals. Taking the stairs, walking during lunch and going out of your way to be more consistently active all add up in the long run. Technology is also a great way to fit in a little workout. Smartphone workout apps can help coach you through simple but impactful exercises that will help you fulfill that resolution!

  • Immunizations. Get a flu shot. That’s a nice, easy 5-minute resolution you can take care of at any American Family Care location.

  • Physical Exams and Screenings.

    • For women: Getting a physical each year can take care of a lot of health screenings in one fell swoop. Your local AFC/Doctors can test you for high blood pressure, sexually transmitted diseases, cholesterol and diabetes. Other important tests to take include: Osteoporosis for women over age 65, mammograms for those over 40 and colorectal cancer screenings after age 50. Pap smears to screen for cervical cancer are recommended for sexually active women and those over 21.

    • For men: That yearly physical is just as important for men! Take care of high blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes and sexually transmitted diseases at your local American Family Care. Other screenings include: Colorectal screening after age 50; prostate cancer screening at 45 for men with family history or 50 if not; osteoporosis between ages 50-70.

  • Depression. Feeling the holiday letdown in January is one thing, but feeling an ongoing sadness or a sense of hopelessness, and struggling to find joy in any part of life can signal a more serious problem. According to the National Institutes for Health, 16 million adults in the U.S. suffer at least one depressive episode per year. Staying mentally and emotionally healthy is just as important as physical health, so if you suspect depression, talk to your doctor.

Keeping your New Year’s resolutions past February is always a challenge, but if you make good health choices, you’ll find that it’s pretty easy to make your health a priority and change for the better in 2015!