We’re well on our way through the first month of 2017 — about the time that most people start giving up their New Year’s resolutions. So how can you stick to your health resolutions this year? Think of them as goals; you’re more likely to accomplish something if you are working toward it, instead of being confined to it.
- Find a health care buddy, and spend time with your buddy regularly. Whether you’re going on walks or eating healthy meals together, keeping up with a buddy is a great way to help you meet your health goals. Track your progress together and encourage each other. Chances are, your buddy will keep you accountable for more than just one of your resolutions.
- Try a new hobby — or return to an old one. Sticking to habits can help with anxiety, depression and other signs of mental illness, so choosing a hobby is a great way to relieve stress and stay mindful. Visit your community center or contact your local area agency on agency to find resources for group classes and clubs, or look into your social networks to find opportunities near you.
- Visit your doctor or other medical care provider. Annual visits to a doctor or family nurse practitioner can help you address new health concerns as you age. At each visit, be sure to discuss your current medications, exercise habits and whether they are still working for you. Keep in mind that Medicare covers the full cost of an annual wellness visit as well as a range of other preventive care services.
- Eat more fruits and vegetables. Dieting is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions, Instead of cutting entire food groups from your diet, try adding fresh items to each meal. Whether it’s a food you’ve always wanted to try, or a new twist on a favorite dish, including produce–fruits and vegetables–is a healthy way to add more vitamins and minerals to your diet.
What other goals do you have for 2017? Let us know in the comments below!
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