4 Ways to Keep Your Healthy New Year’s Resolution Momentum Going!

Richard Liotta, DO, & Kela Hendry, MD

Richard Liotta, DO, & Kela Henry, MD

As we approach the end of the first month of the New Year, the enthusiasm around New Year’s resolutions has started to wear off. Below are four popular healthy resolutions, followed by helpful reminders for how to stand by them. The advice is provided by Dr. Kela Henry and Richard Liotta, DO, family medicine practitioners of Emory at Suwanee.

1. Lose Weight

Probably the most popular New Year’s Resolution as well as the most easily abandoned one. So why do so many people fail to succeed at shedding excess weight? “People cannot succeed at losing weight unless they accept that it will not happen overnight,” says Dr. Henry. “People become frustrated when they don’t see the pounds fly off immediately. Lasting weight loss comes with time and a change of lifestyle,” she adds. Portion control, keeping a food journal and having a support system in place are some ways to help fight the battle of the bulge.

2. Quit Smoking

Quitting smoking is the best thing you can do for your overall health if you want to live a long life. Even if you have been smoking for years, by quitting, your lungs will begin to heal and your heart will get stronger. “The benefits of quitting smoking begin immediately,” says Dr. Richard Liotta, DO. “Within hours of a person’s last cigarette, their blood pressure and heart rate drop, and carbon monoxide levels in the blood normalize.” Quitting can be challenging, so make sure to consult with your physician to develop an individualized smoking cessation plan that will prevent you from falling off track.

3. Reduce Stress

In this fast- paced and often crazy world we live in, stress is unavoidable. But constant stress can be damaging to your overall health. Studies have linked chronic stress to obesity, heart disease, depression, insomnia and more. “Learning how to cope with stress is crucial to an individual’s mental and physical well-being. Exercise, meditation and spending time with family and friends are common methods used to manage stress,” recommends Dr. Henry.

4. Get More Sleep

Sleep is essential for a person’s well-being and health, yet millions of Americans suffer from lack of sleep. While the amount of sleep each individual requires each night varies, most people need around eight hours. According to Dr. Liotta, “Adopting a bedtime routine helps a person slip into a restful state more easily. Shutting off all electronics, taking natural supplements, such as melatonin, and going to bed at the same time each night, are ways to achieve a most restful night of sleep.

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