Recommendations for a healthy new year
WASHINGTON, Jan. 2, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Every year, many people say goodbye to the past year by making goals and resolutions for the new year.
But to reach these resolutions, it's important to be in good health. You can begin the year on the right foot if you follow these recommendations for a healthier lifestyle.
-- Stop smoking
Smoking causes premature aging. When you quit smoking you:
- reduce the risk of heart disease or lung cancer
- lower your heart rate and blood pressure
- improve circulation and lung capacity
- increase the oxygen in your blood
- stabilize your sense of taste and smell
- improve your endurance for exercise
Smokefree.gov has resources and tips that can help you stop smoking.
-- Limit your alcohol intake
Consuming alcoholic beverages can cause serious health issues. When you drink less you:
- lower your risk of contracting liver and heart disease
- balance your blood pressure
- improve your physical fitness
- feel more active and motivated
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism can help you reduce your alcohol consumption.
-- Lose weight
Being overweight can affect both your physical and emotional health. Maintaining a healthy weight will help you:
- control your blood sugar levels and reduce the risk of diabetes or a heart attack
- reduce tension in your bones and joints, especially your knees
- increase your air intake during sleep
- improve your self-esteem
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides a detailed guide to help you lose weight.
-- Stay healthy
- have a routine physical to detect any health issues
- remember to get your shots to protect yourself from illnesses like the flu, tetanus or pneumonia
- keep active by following a regular exercise regimen
Get additional health tips and other relevant information at USA.gov and GobiernoUSA.gov, the U.S. Government's official web portals in English and Spanish, and part of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA).