Every year, many people say goodbye to the past year by making goals and resolutions for the newyear.
But to reach these resolutions, it’s important to be in good health. You can begin the year on the right foot if you follow these recommendations for a healthierlifestyle.
Smoking causes premature aging. When you quit smokingyou:
- reduce the risk of heart disease or lung cancer
- lower your heart rate and blood pressure
- improve circulation and lung capacity
- increase the oxygen in your blood
- stabilize your sense of taste and smell
- improve your endurance for exercise
Smokefree.gov has resources and tips that can help you stopsmoking.
— Limit your alcoholintake
Consuming alcoholic beverages can cause serious health issues. When you drink lessyou:
- lower your risk of contracting liver and heart disease
- balance your blood pressure
- improve your physical fitness
- feel more active and motivated
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism can help you reduce your alcoholconsumption.
Being overweight can affect both your physical and emotional health. Maintaining a healthy weight will helpyou:
- control your blood sugar levels and reduce the risk of diabetes or a heart attack
- reduce tension in your bones and joints, especially your knees
- increase your air intake during sleep
- improve your self-esteem
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides a detailed guide to help you loseweight.
- have a routine physical to detect any health issues
- remember to get your shots to protect yourself from illnesses like the flu, tetanus or pneumonia
- keep active by following a regular exercise regimen
Get additional health tips and other relevant information at USA.gov and GobiernoUSA.gov, the U.S. Government’s official web portals in English and Spanish, and part of the U.S. General Services Administration(GSA).