Achieving New Years Resolutions
Many people make New Years
Resolutions but fail at achieving New Years Resolutions.
Here are some tips to help you achieve New Years
Resolutions once and for all.
How often do you need a mammogram or certain vaccine at your age?
Learning about your current status is the first step to staying healthy in the
future. Here’s a few tips to help get started:
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About half of us will make some type of New Year’s resolution this year. And
sadly, statistics suggest that about a third of those resolutions will be
dropped within the first week. Less than a quarter of our New Year’s resolutions
will be realized before mid-year. |
But, some research implies that making a New Year’s resolution does increase the
chance of actually achieving that goal, so why not give it a shot?
Exercising more, losing weight, and smoking cessation are popular resolutions
for many Americans. Since these factors are all significant in preventing
chronic illness and disease, focusing in these areas is a great place to start.
Beyond simply setting the goals, there are many ways you can keep your goals
alive throughout the entire year and improve your overall well-being.
Many of us don’t know where to start when
improving our mental and physical health. Wondering if you are overweight,
stressed, at risk for heat disease or diabetes?
Do some research to help decide where to focus your efforts. Setting too many
goals for your New Year's resolutions can be overwhelming, and a recipe for
failure. You can start online at MayoClinic.com, for example, and take one of
many available assessment tests. Figure out your Body Mass Index, assess
yourself for the flu or depression, and view health screening guidelines for
what tests should be conducted for someone in your age group.
Taking action is the inevitable next (and most important) step. Start by
scheduling an appointment to talk with your doctor about any physical or mental
health concerns you may have. Your doctor should be able to help you assess your
health and recommend an appropriate plan of action based on your age and health
status. Try to focus on the one or two changes that will have the greatest
benefit. Ask your doctor to help you prioritize. Start with the changes that
will benefit you in several ways, rather than focusing on many smaller issues
Check if your employer or insurance company offers a wellness program. These
programs may come with some type of added incentive, such as a reduction in your
health care premiums or some other financial incentive. For example, some
employers offer wellness programs such as the Mayo Clinic EmbodyHealth program
which provides a wide range of tools and services to help employees stay
healthy. Some offer health assessment tools that measure your health and help
you identify issues. With access to other services, such as a 24/7 nurse line or
personalized health coaching, you'll have the guidance and support you need so
you don't fall off the health wagon.
Once you have your New Year's resolutions planned, there are other resources
available on MayoClinic.com to help you maintain your health-related
resolutions. Check out the exercise videos, healthy recipes, articles, tools,
and blogs for easy-to-understand information from trusted professionals. With
dedication, the right strategy and some great resources, you'll be well on your
way to achieving your goals.
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