by Vishnuprasad on  December 30, 2014 at 3:38 PM Health In Focus
 Top 10 New Year's Healthy Resolutions
Are you ready for the New Year? Do you want to make 2015 your healthy year yet? Pick one of the following resolutions, and stick with it. Being physically and mentally healthy in your day-to-day life can help you make all the difference. Medindia wishes everyone a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2015! Here's to your well-being!

1. Find a Form of Exercise That You Love and Lose Weight

Obesity or overweight is a very complex disorder involving an excessive amount of body fat and it increases your risk of diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure.

If you're looking to shape up, aim for at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day. 30 minutes of rigorous exercise, according to a recent research, can be as effective as an hour when it comes to shedding weight. However, don't expect overnight success. Beware of the valley of quickie cures.

To fall in love with exercise again, make a list of five new forms of physical activity -whether it's yoga, aerobic or swimming and try each one for a couple of weeks. Then, pick the one that gives you the most joy!

2. Quit Smoking

It doesn't matter if you have failed many times. This habit is really hard to quit. Talk with ex-smokers, they'll tell you that multiple attempts are often the path to success. Try different methods to find out what works, and think of the enormous health benefits and cash you'll save.

3. Cut your Stress

A little stress now and again won't kill us. In fact, it keeps us alert and ready to avoid danger. But if stress is chronic, it can worsen your risk of insomnia, depression and more.

Major contributors of stress include long work hours, little sleep, no exercise, poor diet, and not spending time with family and friends. Proper sleep, socialising, and taking vacations are all things we can do to reduce stress.

4. Cut Back on Alcohol

We have heard much about the benefits of a small amount of alcohol. However, too much tippling is a problem. Chronic heavy alcohol consumption increases your risk of liver and heart disease and hypertension.

Cutting back on alcohol can help you achieve your goal.

Make a commitment to drink less with friends or family, so you will be able to remind each other of the benefits of moderate drinking.

Rounds encourage you to drink at the speed of the fastest drinker. So, ditch the rounds.

Order half pints of beer or go for the smallest glass of wine. Stick to drinks with a lower ABV (alcohol by volume).

5. Get More Sleep

Sleep is more beneficial to your health than you might realize. You probably already know that a good night's rest can do wonders for your health.

Lack of proper sleep has been associated with a greater risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes. Sleep is vital for memory consolidation. So take a nap - and don't feel guilty about it.

6. Wear Sunscreen All Year

Sun exposure affects everyone. Though skin cancer develops after age 50, sun damage begins at an early age. The sun's rays can make wrinkles appear before their time. Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen during all seasons.

7. Floss Your Teeth

Do you happen to know that bacteria in your mouth can lead to serious issues if you neglect oral health? You may be surprised to learn that your dentist can spot indications of diabetes and heart disease. One thing you can do to keep off bacteria is floss your teeth. Learn how to prevent gum disease and tooth loss from an expert.

8. Volunteer

Our happiness increases when we help others. Happy people or people with positive emotions are 20% less likely than their gloomier peers to develop heart disease. Positive emotions can also make people more resilient and resourceful.

9. Expect Good Things From Yourself

Having healthy expectations for yourself is significant to both your mental well being and physical health. A mean-spirited inner-critic can harm your inner peace can keep you from reaching your goals.

10. Fun With Family

Bonding with the family will add memories for you to cherish all your life. Fun activities with your family - watching a movie, gardening or traveling - will make your world a far better place to live. Traveling makes you feel rejuvenated and replenished.

Source: Medindia

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