Five New Year’s Resolutions Everyone Can Achieve

January 4, 2019   Wellness

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Year after year we hear about all the lofty new year’s resolutions that every woman must try. While losing weight, saving money, or stepping out of your comfort zone are great aspirations, they’re not always achievable. To ensure 2019 is filled with more successes than failures, we are here to help you set goals that are both attainable and complement your lifestyle.

Schedule your doctor's appointments

This may be the quickest resolution to complete. Spend 30 minutes in January calling all of your doctors. Schedule yearly physicals, eye exams, dental cleanings, and screenings such as mammograms. Every decade of your life comes with new testing so don’t forget to ask your provider when it is necessary to begin screenings like mammograms, colonoscopies, or bone density tests, just to name a few. These screenings, while not always pleasant, could be the difference between life and death.

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Take time for yourself

Taking time for yourself can be extremely hard. Many people feel guilty when they say no to doing something with or for someone. We’re here to remind you that it is OK to be a little “selfish.” Everyone’s alone time is different. Some women enjoy taking a yoga or barre class to unwind. Others enjoy pampering themselves with a pedicure or curling up in the corner of the couch with a novel. Whatever form your “me” time comes in, take it and make it a regular occurrence.

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Exercise without the expensive gym

It is possible to get in shape without spending hundreds of dollars a month on a boutique workout studio. Start small! Go past a few extra mailboxes on your morning walk with your dog or get your girlfriends to do an at-home workout. If you find a workout you love, then continue it. You are never going to stick with a form of working out that you absolutely hate.

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Stay hydrated

We’ve all heard it before… Drink your water!  But really, this may be one of the best things you can do for your health. It is recommended that adults drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day. Drinking the recommended amount of water has been shown to improve skin, regulate hunger, lessen joint pain, reduce toxins in the body, and prevent headaches ­­– just to name a few benefits. If you are like some of us here, keeping track of your water intake can be a mundane task, but water bottles like this one can help solve that problem.

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Hit snooze now and then

We’re all about creating a schedule that you stick to—it just makes life easier. Every now and then, however, it’s important to throw that schedule, or alarm in this case, right out the window (well, not literally). Self-care is such an important part of your overall health, and yes, that means hitting snooze every once in a while, and getting the sleep your body needs.

We are so excited to start 2019 off on a great foot. Remember, make goals that are achievable and don’t be too hard on yourself. Cheers to a new year!

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Make your health a priority! We are at a pivotal era in medicine, becoming more proactive than reactive. Modern tests and screenings have saved lives, spotting medical issues early. Make scheduling your yearly screenings a priority.

— Kristin Yates, D.O.

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