Five easy tips for a healthy 2016

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Five easy tips for a healthy 2016 January 11, 2016

The annual post-New Year's Day crowds at local gyms are already beginning to disappear. But it's not too late embrace a simple fitness plan, says Dr. Kenneth Sparks, associate professor in the Department of Health and Human Performance. Dr. Sparks, author of "The Runners Book of Training Secrets" (Rodale Press, 1996), is a former all-American in track and world-class middle-distance runner. He's also a much-loved presence at CSU.

By Associate Professor Kenneth Sparks, Ph.D.

Did you make a New Year’s resolution? If so, we hope it was a healthy one. Here are a few tips on keeping those resolutions. Remember do good-for-you things! While sometimes a healthy lifestyle can seem like a chore, try these healthy suggestions. Set goals and stick to them.

  1. Eat a balanced breakfast- Get a good mix of proteins, complex carbs, and healthy fat.
  2. Exercise – You can improve your heart health, control your cholesterol, and maintain your weight with 30 minutes of activity every day. Go for a walk, take the stairs instead of the elevator, and take advantage of just moving.
  3. Get at least 8 hours of sleep – Suffering from too little sleep? Take a 20-minute nap or try deep-breathing exercises for 10-20 minutes.
  4. Meditate - Studies show that daily meditation can help lower blood pressure and reduce stress. Make quiet time for yourself; think positive thoughts.
  5. Eat more fiber- Fiber is linked with a decreased risk of diabetes, heart disease and obesity. Eat more fruits and vegetables, eat healthy snacks, and avoid too much sugar.

Make that New Year’s resolution a habit. You are in control; only you can make it happen!