Prep Your New Year’s Resolutions

December 27, 2016

The end of the year is here, time to prepare your 2017 resolutions. Plan ahead, be prepared! Help prevent illness and maintain personal wellness in the new year.  Make healthy living a goal next year. Positive lifestyle choices, made daily, along with keeping vaccinations current help to protect personal health and overall well being.

After the hustle and bustle of the holidays most people have good intentions for resolutions in the new year, this year focus on prevention and healthy living year-around. And, if for some crazy reason by the end of January those resolutions have already become a distant memory, February will offer a fresh start.

Here’s a few of our best tips:

Manage your stress. Get 7-9 hours of sleep every night and find a balance between work and home.

Take a deep breath. Inhale and count to 5 then release slowly. The exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide is one of the best things we can do for our blood and cells. A deep contented “sigh” is how to do this breath.

Protect yourself. Make sure your vaccines are current. And, at the appropriate time, wear helmets, seatbelts, sunscreen and insect repellent.

Get regular check-ups. Go to the doctor when you are well and ask for suggestions to improve your health.

Don’t forget your vitamins. Ideally we’d all have the perfect combination of vitamins and minerals in our diet, but that’s difficult to accomplish. A supplement is the next best thing to a perfect plate.

Drink more water. Water not only hydrates us, but it also flushes out toxins.

Grab fresh fruits instead of processed snacks. Fresh fruit is just as portable as a candy wrapper, but it provides valuable nutrients our body needs as well as a low-calorie option for energy throughout the day.

Exercise during the day. Get up and move during the work day. Take the stairs and pack your tennis shoes. Make sure your shoes fit well to prevent injury! Try to go for a walk during half of your lunch break, that’s an easy way to work in 15 minutes of cardio.

Maintain a healthy hygiene and keep the surroundings clean. Avoid cross contamination by cleaning and sanitizing common touch-points. Use safe but effective cleaning and sanitizing products. Avoid sharing utensils.

Choosing to live a healthy lifestyle will help prevent illness, but when illness strikes, our physicians at Texas MedClinic are available to help treat symptoms and speed recovery. Stay well, be healthy!

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