Are you concerned with your health?  Do want to ensure you are able to see your children or grandchildren grow up?  If so, take your health concerns and transform them into goals.  In fact, make this your year to improve your health.  If you want to improve your health, continue reading on for a few good New Year’s resolutions. 

1 – Stop Smoking

Despite the dangers, many Americans smoke.  If you are a smoker and want to improve your health, the first step is getting rid of the cigarettes.  Unfortunately, this isn’t as easy as it sounds.  Many smokers are addicted to the nicotine.  Not only that, but smoking becomes a habit.  Do you smoke in the car?  If so, you may literally feel lost without having one hand attached to a cigarette.

If you want to improve your health and stop smoking, know it will not happen overnight.  That is why stop smoking is a good New Year’s resolution because you have all year to reach your goal.  Although you may get lucky and stop smoking right away, many smokers have to try multiple times.  If you do, don’t give up.  Rely on support from friends, family, and your primary care physician.  If you must, rely on stop smoking tools, such as nicotine gum and support groups, to end your addiction and improve your health.

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2 – Lose Weight

Obesity is a big problem in the United States.  If you are obese, your health is at risk.  Those who are severely obese put themselves at risk for early death.  Diabetes and asthma have also been linked to obesity.  So, if you are obese and want to improve your health, the first step is losing weight.  Unfortunately, saying you want to lose weight is a lot easier than actually doing it.

If your New Year’s resolution is to lose weight, focus on the smaller picture.  Examine the components of losing weight, including diet and exercise.  Instead of focusing on losing weight, focus on reducing junk foods from your diet and exercising.  Soon, the rest will fall into place.

3 – Eat Healthy

As previously stated, healthy eating is an important component of losing weight.  Even if you do not need to lose weight, you should still eat healthy.  Yes, it is okay to eat a package of cookies if you will burn off the calories moving around at work, but why consume junk food?  Only do so on occasion.  If you are truly looking to improve your health, by ridding your body of unnatural chemicals and additives, make the switch to organic foods.

Whether you opt for healthy eating to lose weight or just to improve your overall health, be careful when shopping.  Organic foods are costly, but you can save money by shopping at specialty food stores, looking for sales, or using coupons.  If you don’t want to eat organic, examine calories and fat.  You do not have to purchase diet foods to eat healthy. 

4 – Exercise More

In addition to eating healthy, exercise is another important component of weight loss.  As with healthy eating, it is recommended even if you do not need to lose weight.  Exercise not only results in a thin body, but a fit body.  If you don’t exercise or only do so on occasion, make it your New Year’s resolution.  Whether you take daily walks outside or head to the gym, make this your year to get fit and be in shape.

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