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4 Tips to Help You Succeed at Your New Year’s Resolutions

new year's resolution listThe first day of the new year inspires many to start a new, healthier lifestyle. For some, the holidays have been a time of over-indulgence. Surveys suggest that the average American reports that they gain about 5 pounds during the holiday season. For others, the previous year has inspired concern with overall health. Studies consistently show that a good diet and regular exercise not only reduce the risk of heart disease but reduce cancer risks, as well.

Whatever your reason for making healthy changes this year, we have some suggestions to help you make and meet your new goals.

1. Know Your Numbers

Taking the time to find out your blood pressure, blood glucose level, cholesterol, and body mass index numbers can be a scary task, but deciding to know your numbers can be incredibly empowering. Having this information can help you and your healthcare provider make specific decisions about your diet and exercise plans as you resolve to make changes.

2. Make New Habits

It’s much easier to make a new habit than it is to break an old one. For example, instead of giving up your favorite desserts altogether, decide to choose healthier options more often. Still allowing yourself to indulge now and then makes it much easier for you to maintain these new habits instead of ditching them when things get difficult.

3. Take Baby Steps

While setting new habits into motion is key, it’s important to be sure that you’re allowing yourself room to adjust. For example, a sedentary person will likely fail in the long run if their goal is to run a 5K by the end of the month. Starting with 15 minute jogs three times a week is a much more attainable goal. Once the 15-minute jogs become routine, gradually increasing the length, difficulty, and frequency of the workout will help you reach a larger goal.

4. Find a Support System

Don’t feel like you have to do this alone! Talk to somebody about your plans for change. Join a workout group. Encourage your partner and friends to find out their numbers and share in your goals. Finding someone to share your goals with makes the journey more doable AND enjoyable!


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Hit Your New Year’s Goals – Every Single Day!

It’s the first full week of the new year! Many of us have made lengthy lists of New Year’s Resolutions that probably include many long-term goals. While long-term goals are great – and necessary for success – sometimes it’s hard to stay motivated when you know that your goal is far off in the future. An easy way to avoid that discouragement is to set daily goals that you can meet every single day. Feeling a sense of accomplishment every day will help you stay motivated to reach your future, long-term goals. Here’s a template of simple, healthy goals you can meet every single day. Visit our Pinterest page for a printable version you can hang on your fridge and check off every single day. Good luck, and Happy New Year!

Daily New Years Goals

Dr. Hart to Host Online Chat on Getting Motivated to Exercise

Dr. Chris HartExercise provides numerous benefits—from reducing cardiovascular disease to fighting depression. While we all know we should exercise regularly, the trick is working up the motivation to start exercising. Overcoming couch-potato inertia can be difficult particularly during the dreary winter months and especially after most of us have spent the holidays celebrating with family, friends—and a lot of comfort food.

Join Christopher J. Hart, MD, Chief of Staff at Emory Johns Creek Hospital and Medical Director of Emory Johns Creek’s Atlanta Bariatric Center, on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 from noon to 1 p.m. as he provides tips and guidance to help you get moving.

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Whether you are simply working toward a healthier lifestyle in the New Year, or you are trying to lose weight for a surgery, Dr. Hart can address issues and questions such as:

  • I really want to start exercising but I can’t seem to work it into my schedule.
  • What if I don’t like to exercise?
  • I can’t carve out an entire hour to exercise. What are my options?
  • What if I can’t afford a gym membership?
  • I’m exhausted all the time, and just the thought of exercising wears me out. How do I get over that mental hurdle?
  • I’ve tried exercising before, but I can’t stick with it. What can I do to stay motivated?

If you’re looking for a good way to get motivated in the New Year, join Dr. Hart for what’s sure to be a great online chat!

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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