With the new year around the corner, will you resolve to improve your health?
Are you kicking yourself for not achieving your 2019 New Year’s resolutions? You’re not the only one. Thankfully, 2020 is just around the corner, affording you another opportunity to accomplish your health goals as we begin a new decade.
In a study conducted by statista, 45 percent of Americans said losing weight or getting in shape was their New Year’s resolution for 2018. If you’re like many others and want to improve your health, here are three healthy resolutions to consider for 2020:
The negative impacts of smoking on health are well known. Smoking can cause lung cancer, emphysema, bronchitis, and other chronic conditions. It’s no surprise that so many smokers resolve to end their habit.
Quitting smoking can be tough but highly rewarding, especially when you start to see all the benefits that arise from giving up the habit. If you want to stop smoking, a great resource is SmokeFree.gov, which was created by the Tobacco Control Research Branch of the National Cancer Institute. SmokeFree.gov lays out ways to prepare to quit, which include:
- Knowing why you’re quitting
- Learning how to handle triggers and cravings
- Finding ways to handle nicotine withdrawal
By preparing yourself to quit smoking, you’ll be able to succeed much easier.
Eat more fruits and vegetables
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Pennsylvania adults on average eat only one fruit and 1.6 vegetable servings per day. This is less than the four servings recommended by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Dietary Guidelines.
Fruits and vegetables can be as delicious as any other snack. You just have to think about them a bit differently. The USDA’s ChooseMyPlate.gov initiative to improve Americans’ eating habits offers a number of ways you can easily add fruits and vegetables to your diet. The website recommends you:
- Discover faster ways to cook by using fresh or frozen vegetables in the microwave
- Focus on eating whole fruits, such as strawberries, watermelons, and apples
- Vary which fruits and vegetables you eat on a daily basis
Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables will improve your health. They are loaded with antioxidants, fiber, and minerals.
Get more sleep
How much sleep do you get per night? You should be sleeping at least seven to eight hours each night, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Sleep deprivation can have consequences, including high blood pressure, weakened immunity, and increased risk of diabetes and heart disease.
If you’re feeling tired after 2019, make it a point to get more rest in 2020. The National Sleep Foundation is a great resource for tips to improve your sleep patterns. The foundation says you should practice the following for better slumber:
- Stick to a schedule of waking up and going to bed at the same times
- Avoid naps in the afternoon
- Exercise daily
Problems sleeping may be indicative of a larger medical problem, and you should consult your doctor to see if you have sleep apnea or another condition.
The new year offers you a new opportunity to improve your health. By taking these steps, you can achieve your resolution of a healthier lifestyle.