97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute - New Year's Realistic Resolutions
97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute – New Year’s Realistic Resolutions
A new decade is just 2 days away and our social media feed is filled with New Year’s resolutions and friends posting ‘new year, new me’. According to a resent Forbes and U.S. News article, up to 80% of New Year’s resolutions were failed by February. The difference between a successful resolution and a failed one is based upon setting realistic expectations and setting one’s self up for success. This week’s Y-Country Medical Minute quickly discusses tips on how to set realistic New Year’s resolutions.
New Year Check-Up
A new year is a great reminder for us to schedule annual wellness exams, dental visits, and other health related exams for your entire family. If you do not have a family doctor, with locations in Cassopolis and Niles, Cassopolis Family Clinic Network provides primary care and support services for everyone.
Setting Your Goal
Whether your goal is to eat healthier, exercise more, or other – start small. Often, individuals plan for a large amount of change at the start of the year which makes it difficult for one to adapt. For a healthier diet, one might eliminate sweets one month and then eliminate dairy the next. For exercise, possibly adding an exercise routine twice a week for a month and then increasing to three times a week. Whatever the resolution, start small.
Even though it is a new year, we are often faced with stress and anxiety. Rather than reaching for the bag of potato chips, piece of chocolate, or binge watching a show on Netflix – take a 15 minute walk or enjoy 5 minutes of meditation.
According to the CDC, a third of U.S. adults do not get the 7 hours recommended amount of sleep each night. Lack of sleep has been linked to obesity and other chronic diseases. Adults should try to get at least 7 hours of sleep each night.