PREPARE FOR A HEALTHY AND HAPPY NEW YEAR

PREPARE FOR A HEALTHY AND HAPPY NEW YEAR

When setting goals for 2019 there are tips to use so you are able to achieve them.  According to experts from Tufts surveys show the most popular resolutions involve losing weight and getting fit.  As they say, moving toward a healthier dietary pattern and being more physically active are crucial toward achieving well being.

Healthy Eating Goals:

Whether your ultimate goal is weight loss; better metabolic health or even reducing your environmental footprint, experts agree that a healthy dietary pattern is the way to go.  It is one of the most powerful tools for preventing and lowering risk for chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.  If you need a diet plan to motivate you, look for Mediterranean-style or DASH plans, as there is extensive research supporting the health benefits of both these dietary patterns.

Weight Loss:

If you are resolving to lose weight, remember that our bodies change as we age, so our goals may need to be adjusted to meet these changes.  Trying to do the same thing you did in your 20’s or 30’s may not work now.

Exercise Aspirations:

According to the CDC less than 25% of American adults meet the recommendations of at least 150 minutes per week of moderate physical activity, plus muscle-strengthening exercises two to three days per week.  Besides helping with weight control and preserving muscle mass while losing weight, there are many good reasons to get moving in 2019.

According to the Advisory Committee on health there is strong evidence that a combination of aerobic and resistance activities is one of the most important things you can do to maintain good health and quality of life as you age.

Aerobic and Resistance Activities:

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Support cardiovascular health

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Maintain muscle

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Improve balance

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Help preserve bones

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Reduce Risk of Cancer

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Improve sleep quality

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Reduce risk of clinical depression

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Improve physical function for individuals of all ages

Tips for Making New Year’s Resolutions:

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Set Smart Goals

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Take Small Steps

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Introduce Physical Activity Slowly

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Plan

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Track Your Progress

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Team Up (If needed)

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Make It Fun

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Cheer Yourself On

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Reward Yourself For Achieving Goals (Not with food)

Before joining The Fitness Center I questioned the value of strength training and nutrition in my running routine. I was amazed what I discovered. The professional trainers, state of the art equipment and nutritional meetings have improved quality of life.

Tom Russell

THE FITNESS CENTER     205-870-1121

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