Ring in a Healthier 2015 with Five Health Resolutions

Health resolutions don’t have to be overwhelming, overarching goals. With the New Year in mind, we’re sharing our top five health resolutions that are as important as they are attainable.

Drinking more water is an easy New Year’s resolution that reaps multiple health benefits. (Photo courtesy yngwiemanux on Flickr)

  1. Get your flu vaccination.
    Our first resolution is a time-sensitive one. Flu season is in full swing, and it is crucial to protect yourself and your family with a flu shot. So far, Louisiana has emerged as one of the hardest-hit states, and the prevalence of flu is widespread. Head to your closest MHM Urgent Care location for a flu shot – you don’t need an appointment, and many insurance companies cover the cost of the vaccine in full.
  2. Exercise in a way that works for you. If you’ve never run before, don’t plan to run a marathon: try a lower-impact activity like jogging around the block, and work your way up. You also can consider your long-term goals. If you’d like to improve flexibility, for example, sign up for a beginner’s yoga class.
  3. Drink more water. Every day, we lose water through normal processes like respiration and perspiration. To replenish water loss, the Mayo Clinic recommends about 9 8-ounce servings of water per day for women and 13 for men. For variation, add berries, mint, or lemon to your glass, or choose sparkling water instead of flat.
  4. Just breathe. Aim to take a long, smooth, deep breath at several points during the day. You can even try a short meditation – the University of California Los Angeles has a series of guided meditations available on their website.
  5. Learn menu lingo. Choosing nutritious foods can improve overall health, but identifying healthy foods at restaurants is easier said than done. Avoid menu items with descriptions that include words like “creamy,” “cheesy,” and “crispy” – these typically indicate high fat and calories. Look for steamed, grilled, and baked preparations to help guide you to healthier choices.