Amanda Oglesby, of the Asbury Park Press, wrote an article titled, “Realistic Resolutions,” which appeared in the New Year’s Day edition of The Arizona Republic. In the article, two medical experts were asked for their take on “…easy-to-keep New Year resolutions that have the biggest payoff.” Here’s a summary of what they came up with:
- Walk More. Even if you walk just a few times a week around the neighborhood, you’ll see a significant health benefit. Keep in mind that any exercise is better than none.
- Eat a Little Less. One of the tricks I use when I’m hungry is I make a half-sandwich out of a single slice of bread. Almost always, when I finish it, I’m no longer hungry.
- Floss Every Day. This, along with brushing at least twice a day, keeps your teeth and gums healthy.
- Get More Sleep. People who don’t get enough sleep are more likely to be overweight and may be at an increased risk for diabetes.
Resolutions don’t get any easier to keep than these and yet the benefits to our health are enormous. So, I urge you all to give them a try. If you would like to read Ms. Oglesby’s excellent article in its entirety, here’s the link.