The holiday season is in full swing with parties and school events. As we reach the end of the year, the question of New Year’s resolutions often is brought up by family and friends. Make your health a top priority this year by resolving to make a few healthy changes.
The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends seven areas to focus on, from blood pressure and cholesterol to eating better and increasing activity level. The AHA calls them “Life’s Simple 7.”
Even small changes in your lifestyle – starting to exercise and losing a few pounds – can make a difference in your overall health.
If this seems like a tall order, consider this: These changes often have a domino effect. For instance, focusing on healthier eating and staying active will lead to weight loss. If you quit smoking, your blood pressure will improve.
Losing just 5 percent of your body weight can decrease blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol, and sometimes the reductions are enough to no longer need medications.
Resolve to live a healthier life! You don’t even have to wait until Jan. 1 to start.
New Year’s Resolutions are a great way to improve your life.
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