Tips on How to Maintain Healthy New Year’s Resolutions
New Year’s resolutions geared toward weight loss or
healthy living often fall by the wayside before January runs out because they
are overwhelming or unachievable. But when approached in small steps, they can
result in success.
“One of the
most common resolutions is eating healthier. But
instead of attempting to completely remove fast food or other non-nutritious
items all of a sudden, it’s better to start small,” said William Satterwhite, M.D., J.D., chief health and wellness officer at Wake Forest
Baptist Medical Center.
“One way to do this is pick the evening that is the
least busy and plan a simple meal that you can cook at home. Prepare much of
the meal the night before, so that only the cooking is left to do the next
evening. Build upon this and gradually increase to two nights preparing dinner
and steadily adjust your meal planning. ”
unprocessed foods are healthier than food that comes in a box, bag, individual
wrapper or drive-thru window, Satterwhite added, as they can contribute to
weight loss, decrease inflammation, reduce cholesterol levels and lower blood
For additional ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle,
- Get at least seven hours
of sleep every night and maintain a consistent sleep schedule. Turn off all
technology two hours before bedtime and don’t
sleep with a phone next to the bed.
- Take a 30- to 40-minute walk three times a
week. Park your car a distance from your destination to get in some extra
- Avoid sugary soft drinks. Instead, try to
drink at least six glasses of water a day, adding slices of orange, lemon or
cucumber for flavor.
- Establish a relationship
with a primary care physician and schedule annual checkups.
key component for a healthy lifestyle is simply having friends and being
social,” said Satterwhite. “Living a long and happy life is associated with
having strong and significant relationships. Having fun, loving and being
loved, caring for and being cared for by others are all key ingredients in
living a healthy and successful life, not just in the New Year but for a