Health Resolutions

As we prepare to usher in a New Year, its time to start thinking about those resolutions.

Unfortunately, the overwhelming majority of our resolutions never become a reality. There are many reasons for this. Sometimes our goals are not realistic, other times we are too vague, or we fail to ask for the help we need to succeed.

I would like to
offer four health-
specific suggestions for your resolution making consideration.

Exercise more. You are doing fantastic if you exercise 3 to 4 times per week. If not, exercise is one of the single most important steps you can take to improve your health. Whether you are fighting arthritis, osteoporosis, cancer, heart disease, obesity, or diabetes, exercise helps.

Two keys to successful exercise include having a partner, and making it fun. A combination of aerobics, resistance training, stretching, and weights coupled with every day activities like shoveling snow, dancing, joining a sports team, or taking a walk with your family can make a significant improvement in your health and wellness.

Lose weight. This is the most popular resolution for the new year. Right after the holiday feasting, most of us are anxious to lose a few pounds.

There are two keys to weight loss – be realistic and mindful of nutrition. Contrary to the magazine covers and claims from diet pills, you will not lose 10 pounds in two weeks and keep it off. Long–term and healthy weight loss is a slow process, which involves lifestyle changes, patience and discipline. These changes include regular exercise and a well-balanced diet of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and proteins.

See the Doctor – get tested. When was the last time you went to the doctor? An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. You should keep a close watch on your cholesterol, blood pressure, glucose, and cancer screenings. Each of these tests can show early warning signs of heart disease, diabetes, and other serious illnesses.

Reduce stress. Stress is a natural part of life; however, chronic stress can lead to numerous health problems. A massage, physical activity, or counseling can help reduce the stress in your life.

Make this year different. Be specific, and make your resolutions a reality.

At Bingham, we are here to help you achieve your goals. Call 785.3859 if you would like help with your health-related New Year’s Resolutions.

Louis Kraml, CEO Bingham Memorial Hospital