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Health-Related Resolutions for the New Year

Dec 14, 2021 | Blog

Eat less fast food

Consuming a lot of fast food can be detrimental to your health. While it’s nice in moderation, fast food can cause obesity, heart disease, and more. For a resolution, focus on eating less fast food and more whole foods –  including vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, whole grains, and fish.

Focus on physical activity

One of the most popular resolutions is to exercise, and for good reason. Sitting too much can have negative effects on your health. Focus on physical activity this new year. Reach your step goal. Don’t let yourself sit for longer than an hour at a time. If you have a desk job, take a 15-minute walk at lunch. Finding a physical activity you enjoy, like walking, bike riding, or swimming, can increase motivation.

Drink less sugary beverages

Sugary beverages are linked to obesity, heart disease, cavities, and more. Cutting back, even just gradually to minimize intake, can increase your overall health. Replacing the occasional sugary drink with water can also help your body function more efficiently.

Get more sleep

The average person should get between 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night, but there tends to be many temptations that keep us from sleep – like watching TV or being on our phones. Getting the proper amount of sleep each night is an essential part of your overall health and can prevent serious health consequences.

Limit screen time

Many people depend on their phones and computers for work and entertainment. However, long amounts of screen time can be hard on both your eyes and mind. Spending too much time on a screen can cause depression, anxiety, and loneliness. For a resolution, put your phone away and find hobbies that don’t require a screen – like reading, doing a puzzle, or playing a board game.

Take care of your teeth

Cavities aren’t fun for anyone. Make a resolution this year to protect your teeth by brushing and flossing your teeth regularly. Dental checkups and cleanings are recommended at least once a year, so schedule an appointment with your local Horizon Health Care clinic.

Visit your doctor

Annual wellness exams can help keep your body on track to physical wellness. Having regular bloodwork and necessary screenings can spot potential problems and start early treatment and prevention. An annual wellness exam is recommended at least once a year, so schedule an appointment with your local Horizon Health Care clinic.

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