by Dr. Stan Brewer
I am sure many of you, like me, made a resolution to be healthier this year. As February rolls around, I think it is a good time to reevaluate our resolutions and recommit to them. My resolutions this year include eating healthier and exercising more (and hopefully loosing a few pounds along the way). A lot of research has shown that a healthy body mass index (a measurement that uses both your weight and your height) is one of the best means of preventing serious illness such as heart disease, diabetes, and countless others diseases. The same is true for eating healthy and for exercising. With all the diets and exercise programs out there, it is hard to decide which one is right for you and even which are healthy. However, most of the research shows that being healthy is pretty simple. The new food pyramid is an excellent guide to what healthy eating looks like (whole grains, lots of fruits and vegetables, fat free dairy, and a small amount of healthy fats).
As for exercising, even a little walking can have great benefit. Just 30 minutes of walking a day has significant health benefits and an hour or more has been shown to help with weight loss. So, what is the best way to start eating healthy and exercising more? The most important part is motivation; you can only do as much as you are motivated to do. Start with something you know you can accomplish. Try to eat at least one more serving of vegetables each day. Start walking 15 minutes a day or a few days a week. Remember, it will take a while to develop new habits and sometimes it will require some adjustment to your goals. The important thing is that as long as you are making progress your body will thank you for it. February is a great time to recommit to our resolutions, or to make some new ones.
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