3 Healthy New Year’s Resolutions to Stick to This Year

2014 can be the year that you begin taking better care of your body. Making resolutions is a great step toward optimal health, but it is only the beginning. To achieve your goals, you need to stick to your commitments and seek support when necessary. The stroke care professionals at Regional Medical Center of San Jose recommend the following three resolutions to help you achieve a healthier lifestyle .

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Smoking Cessation
Smoking is a huge risk factor for some the deadliest conditions, including heart disease, cancer, and stroke. To improve your mood and increase your lifespan, you should make 2014 the year that you stop smoking. Of course, smoking cessation is anything but easy—for a greater chance of success, consider going over the various cessation methods with your doctor. You might also get tips and support from former smokers as you work toward quitting.     

Weight Loss
Whether you are obese or only slightly overweight, you might also consider a weight loss regimen for the new year. Reaching a healthy weight can seriously reduce your risk of heart disease, improve your mood, and enhance your confidence. Doctors recommend at least  150 minutes of exercise  every week—even if it’s nothing more than brisk walking. More fruits and vegetables and fewer packaged foods can also help you achieve your weight loss goals.   

Better Health Management
Ultimately, you are your own best healthcare provider. However, it’s also a good idea to seek professional guidance from time to time. If you tend to avoid the doctor, make 2014 the year that you let others help you with your health management. Visiting the doctor for an annual physical exam is great for identifying and treating small problems before they become serious, and regularly attending health seminars can give you the tools to live a healthier life.    

Regional Medical Center of San Jose can help you stick to your 2014 resolutions. Our urgent care professionals are always standing by, and our Health To You (H2U) program can provide you with vital health information. Call our  San Jose heart hospital  at (408) 259-4000 if you have any questions.  

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