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Fit & Healthy for 2016

Published on 22-01-2016

Have you thought about making 2016 a year to get healthier? Many of us have- I have! You can’t put a price on health. This year, evaluate your health and make some changes if you need to. Living a long and happy life starts with healthy habits. You may add years on to your life and your children will love you for it. Here are some tips to help you get started making healthy changes.

First, perhaps its time to tackle any addictions you may have. If you’re a smoker, make this the year to quit. Yes, it’s really, really, hard to quit, but so is dying young. If you just can’t do it on your own, talk to your doctor about ways that you can get rid of this nasty habit that’s taking years with your children from you. The same goes for excessive alcohol consumption. If you feel that you’ve gone overboard a few times too many in2015, then work on drinking less in 2016. You’ll be happy that you reached your goals and your body will thank you. The addiction can be broken with enough willpower and support. You can do this!

Along the lines of nicotine and alcohol also comes caffeine. I know it doesn’t seem like it should be in the same category, but caffeine is a drug as well, and will cause a host of health problems if taken excessively. This doesn’t mean that you should stop enjoying your morning cup of coffee or tea, but if you find that you’re having more than one or that you need coffee to get through the mid-afternoon slump, perhaps it should be examined.

Let’s talk about weight and physical shape. Wouldn’t you like to be in better shape when you revisit your yearly goals next December? I know I would! You don’t have to be a body builder to be fit. Little changes will make you healthier next year. Examples of little actions that make a big difference include taking the stairs instead of the elevator, parking your car at the end of the parking lot so you get a few more steps in during the day, and making sure to get in 30 minutes of physical activity each day. Being active for 30 minutes daily doesn’t mean that you have to go to the gym each day either – there are many ways to be active, including joining a sports team, taking a dancing class, and even having races with your kids or dog at the park.

Don’t forget mental health. Many of us don’t take mental health into the account of overall health, but the truth is that mental health is just as important as physical health. Take some time to evaluate yourself. Do you feel healthy? Are you finding yourself depressed or do you feel “off” more than you should? We all have bad days, but if you find that there are many days that you don’t feel “right”, don’t delay seeing your doctor. They can help you with medications and therapy that will make you feel better and more like yourself.

Finally, don’t forget to see your doctor for an annual physical. Have him or her check you out and make sure you’re up to date on your mammograms and other tests. Prevention is the key to treating just about everything. Be smart about your body and know it well. If something isn’t right, it’s always better to feel silly if it turns out to be nothing than it is to procrastinate with a bad end result.

Remember that without our health, we have nothing. It’s our responsibility to the little ones to make sure that we’re healthy and strong and will be in their lives for many, many years to come. Start making small changes in your life to ensure that 2016 is your healthiest year yet! Good luck everyone - Im going for it so i hope you are too!!

 

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