Tis the season for resolutions. Every January millions of folks make a list of goals they would like to accomplish for the upcoming year. The majority of these goals are health related which is awesome that people are thinking about improving their health. I would like to offer you a few tips you can use as you embark on your journey of satisfying your resolutions for 2014
1. Resolution: I will exercise more.
The American Heart Association recommends 30 minutes of vigorous activity a day. This means you need to break a sweat and get above your resting heart rate. If you are new to exercising, start slow. This isn’t the time to run 5 miles on your first day. Work up to it and find a buddy to work with you. Studies have shown that people that work out with a partner have greater success at reaching their fitness goals. Also if you have any medical problems, you should run your new exercise plan by your primary health provider
2. Resolution: I will eat healthier foods.
First let’s examine what you are eating now. Transition out salty, fried foods. Transition is the key word. Don’t shock your system with tofu when you’ve been eating red beans and rice every Monday. Eating healthier is an acquired taste and lifestyle. Take it slow by learning how to revamp foods you already eat. If you prefer fried catfish, try blackened catfish. Experiments with foods you already like; then add new foods weekly. Drink plenty of non-carbonated beverages. Portion control is key. Try using a smaller plate.
3. Resolution: I will get pregnant.
Many women are finding that this is easier said than done. First and foremost start taking a prenatal vitamin, specifically one that contains iron. The next step is eliminating alcohol and cigarettes. Frequent physical activity helps with infertility as well. Successful conception is the complex orchestration of loads of hormones. Make sure your hormones levels are appropriate for you. The 3 most common hormones imbalances are thyroid, progesterone, and estrogen.
If you want me to address any health related resolutions you have made, feel free to contact me.
As always, check with your primary care provider before starting or altering your health care plan. The tips I offer are general recommendations and are not specific medical advice. Contact your PCP for specific medical advice.