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New Year's Resolutions That Count

Feb 2, 2008
Making a New Year's Resolution means setting goals for the upcoming year that you want to accomplish. Most of the time these goals are things that in some way will improve your quality of life. Many of them are related to fitness, health, well being or losing weight.

This year, as you start thinking about your resolutions, think about things that REALLY matter. Yes, fitting in smaller size jeans could make a difference in your health but what about thinking big picture? Health is one thing that many people take for granted. Without good health, not much else really matters. What are some creative ways that you can work to improve your health and well being in the New Year?

1. Resolve to lower your stress level. Stress can wreak havoc on your health. It can be attributed to all sorts of health problems including ulcers, increased risk for heart attack and stroke and high blood pressure.

2. Make a commitment to improve your cardiovascular fitness. New research shows that older adults who are in good cardiovascular shape, regardless of their BMI or body fat percentage, live longer than their out of shape counterparts. This alone should be motivation to get moving.

3. If you smoke, make a plan to quit. Does this really need any further explanation?

4. If you don't do some form of resistance training, start. The benefits of weight training are endless. From more energy to improved strength and increased bone density, there really is no good reason not to add it to your workout routine.

5. Relax. In today's fast paced society, few people really find the time to completely disconnect and relax. No cell phones or internet connection is a tough concept for many, but worth the health benefits.

6. Resolve to get more sleep. Most people require 7-9 hours of sleep a night but most only get 4-6 hours. Getting enough sleep will help keep you looking younger, and will help you lose weight. When we are fatigued we often experience an increase in appetite.

7. Have fun...laugh more often. The average child laughs 400 times per day and the average adult only laughs 20 times. Laughter truly is good medicine!

8. Make better eating choices. Use a service like the Nutrition feature at HyperStrike to help you make better choices and keep track of them.

9. Get regular check ups based on age and family history. Most health checks such as mammograms and colonoscopies have an age associated with when you should start them. However, if you have a family history of certain diseases you should get screenings earlier than the recommended age. Be in tune with your family history and make sure you are getting these screenings at the appropriate times, in addition to your annual check up.

10. Be a good example. Think about others in your life that look up to you, whether it is your children, siblings or co-workers. By being a great example of a well rounded healthy lifestyle you have the opportunity to help and encourage others to do the same.

As you plan your resolutions for the coming year, think about big picture and making a difference in your health, as well as how you can make a difference for others. Happy New Year!
About the Author
Michael Greeves, CEO and founder of Hyperstrike, wanted to develop an affordable fitness program for individuals and athletes that could be customized to their personal abilities and goals, and be delivered to any one, any where, any time. Learn more at HyperStrike.com
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