Keeping resolutions

Five easy tips for a healthy 2016

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!

Dr. Kenneth Sparks flexing muscles in the Human Performance Laboratory, which he directs.