New Years Resolutions

Monday, December 28, 2009

Frustrated by bad habits, many of us vow to change in the New Year. What is the secret to following through on these New Years resolutions? Dr. Edward Hill tells us in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Chances are, at some time in your life, youve made a New Years Resolutionand then broken it. This year, stop the cycle of resolving to make change, but then not following through. Here are some resolutions and tips on keeping them.

o Get more sleep. Adequate sleep is essential to good health. Adults need seven to eight hours of sleep each night. Teenagers and children need nine to 11 hours. Turn off the TV by 8 p.m. and choose a relaxing activity like reading. Schedule nap times during the weekend to catch up on your required hours.

o Reduce your stress. Learn to say no and pace yourself.

o Reduce your fat intake. Eat meat at only one meal per day and reduce the volume of that meat. Increase your intake of vegetables and water. Treat yourself to dessert only on one day of the week.

These simple resolutions will make you healthier and youll feel better about yourself.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.