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New Year’s resolutions are the perfect opportunity for those who would like to improve their health and happiness. Unfortunately, just 40 percent of resolution makers have stayed on track after six months. The key to achieving resolutions is picking specific, realistic, and achievable goals. Here are 4 New Year’s resolutions for better mental and physical health.

Healthy New Year’s Resolutions

Get Daily Physical Activity

As a critical component of good health, exercise is perhaps the most common resolution. Although you may think daily exercise involves costly gym memberships, it’s possible to fit physical activity into your daily routine. For example, walk the dog for 10 minutes in the morning and evening. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Go for a quick walk during your lunch break. Every little bit adds up.

Get More Sleep

Nearly one third of Americans don’t get enough sleep, which can negatively impact your immune system, hormones, appetite, weight, energy, and mood. To get more shut eye, try to go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day. This will help your body’s internal clock and enhance the quality of your sleep. Your daytime habits play a role in your sleep quality as well. Limit caffeine, avoid alcohol before bed, and cut back on sugary foods.

Drink More Water

Drinking water is one of the most beneficial things you can do for your health. Not only does it remove toxins from your body, but it also prevents bloating, increases your energy, and improves your skin’s appearance. We recommend beginning your day with a large glass of lemon water, which will aid in digestion.

Eat More Vegetables

Although vegetables offer benefits in terms of vitamins and minerals, they are often overlooked in diets. Try a handful of spinach in your omelet at breakfast, carrots for snacks, or asparagus at dinner. The fiber will keep you full on low calories, so it’s a great way to lose weight as well.

Call Lakeview Family Medicine Today

If you need help balancing your health and happiness for the New Year, call Lakeview Family Medicine today! We’re confident in the health principles we preach and would love for you to come see us for a consultation.