Just had to share these New Year’s Resolution Tips from the American Heart Association
It is important for health resolutions to be obtainable to see the positive lifestyle change
2015 is the year. It is the year to make the changes that are needed to bring your body to ideal cardiovascular health. It can’t wait another year because Greater Orlando’s number one killer is heart disease.
Heart disease is often silent, hidden and misunderstood, so now is the time to declare a New Year’s resolution that will help you live a longer, stronger, more heart-healthy life.
The New Year is the perfect time to reflect on the past 12 months and to identify the habits you want to keep and to change. Resolutions are often set to be difficult to obtain and can quickly lose steam and momentum. But resolutions don’t have to feel and be hard to keep. Small changes are often more effective.
“With any resolution, you want to set reasonable goals,” says Jason Siegel, Managing Partner & CEO/President of the Orlando Solar Bears and Greater Orlando American Heart Association board member. “I like to pick a manageable target and work towards an attainable and realistic outcome. With steady, lasting, long term progress you’re sure to feel better while living a healthier lifestyle.”
It takes 21 days to make a habit and only one day to break it, so start strong with your New Year’s resolution in order to create a lasting lifestyle change.
Here are 10 suggestions for a heart-healthy New Year’s resolution:
- Create realistic goals and strategies. Set a goal you know you can keep. If you are trying to eat more veggies, than don’t start by gorging. Pace yourself.
- Keep it simple. If you aren’t used to eating something, try gradually adding it in your diet. Not a fan of greens? Try mixing a small amount into smoothies. Not sure you’ll like quinoa? Add a scoop to a salad to help get used to the taste and texture.
- Drink more water. Drinking the right amount of water is a key ingredient in staying healthy.
- Go green. Think kale chip, not tortilla chip. Stock your pantry with healthy fruits and veggies.
- Eat seasonally. Good for your budget and your waistline. Eating seasonally means you are getting food at its peak performance and flavor level.
- Cut out processed food. Say no to aspartame, high fructose corn syrup, and hydrogenated oil. Your body doesn’t need the chemicals, plus processed foods are all full of added salt.
- Eat more fiber. Fiber is easy to add to your diet. Whole grains are filled with fiber, which makes digestion easier and helps you feel fuller longer.
- Quit smoking. Smoking is one of the most preventable causes of premature death. But quitting you can decrease your risk of heart disease, help lower your blood pressure and lower your LDL (bad) cholesterol.
- Know your numbers. Make 2015 the year you know and monitor your blood pressure, cholesterol and weight and discuss those numbers with your doctor. Take an active role in your health.
- Get moving. It is easy to be sedentary, especially if you work at a desk. Small steps can make a big difference. Wear a pedometer and aim for 10,000 steps a day or plan on 30 minutes of exercise each day.
Assess your current health with these measures so you can set a realistic New Year’s resolution. Take the American Heart Association’s My Life Check, a short assessment to easily identify where you fall on the health spectrum. Visit www.heart.org/MyLifeCheck to take this free simply survey. You’ll gain a better understanding on your healthy priorities, and be armed with additional tools that offer specific action steps to improve the measurements and track personal progress.
ABOUT THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION
The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – America’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit www.heart.org or call any of our offices around the country. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.