Top 9 Health Resolutions to Make in 2016
- Get Moving- Want to start the new year with a better mood, boosted energy, and a reduced risk of heart disease and diabetes? Thirty minutes of aerobic exercise, 5 days a week, paired with strength-training twice a week, can improve your overall health and get you feeling your best.
- Quit Smoking- Smoking cigarettes harms nearly every part of your body. It can decrease your immune function, lead to heart disease and stroke, reduce fertility, and is the primary cause of lung cancer in the U.S.
- Drink Responsibly- Drinking a daily glass of wine has certain health benefits; however, excessive alcohol consumption can cause serious complications such as impaired brain function, stroke, high blood pressure, cancer, and cirrhosis (scarring) of the liver.
- Wear Sunscreen Every Day- Even in dreary days of winter, it’s important to protect your skin from the sun. The sun’s rays can reflect off of snow, exposing you to harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation and putting you at an increased risk of skin cancer.
- Eat HealthierIt’s the most common New Year’s resolution for a good reason. A diet low in cholesterol, saturated and trans fats, salt, and added sugars, can reduce the risk of chronic issues such as coronary heart disease.
- Take Care of Your Teeth- Don’t always brush for the full two minutes? Forgot to floss today (or this week)? In addition to bad breath and a yellow smile, poor oral hygiene can cause plaque build-up on your teeth and gums. Plaque deposits can dissolve tooth enamel, causing cavities, or irritate and inflame your gums, causing gingivitis.
- Give Your Eyes a Break-The average American spends 11 hours a day staring at electronic devices. Cut back on your screen-time, especially before bed, and reduce your risk of vision problems, headaches, and dry eyes.
- Drink More Water- About 60% of your body is water – it helps blood circulate, aids in digestion, and keeps skin elastic and flexible. Not drinking enough water can lead to headaches, low blood pressure, constipation, dry skin, and, some believe, may encourage acne breakouts.
- Get More Sleep-Turn off the TV, put your phone on silent, and get some shut-eye. Sleeping less than the recommended 7-8 hours per night can lead to moodiness, decreased alertness, impaired memory, and diminished cognitive ability the next day. Prolonged sleep deprivation can have more serious consequences including heart attack, stroke, and psychiatric problems.