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Start the New Year Right: Resolve to be healthy
If you are living with a chronic condition like arthritis or high blood pressure, you know how it can limit what you can do and how you feel. It may even increase your risk of falling.
The New Year is a great time to resolve to improve your health. Small changes can have a big impact on how you feel.
Set small, attainable goals: Goals can help you make gradual steps to improve your health. It is important to start small so your goal can be achieved and won’t overwhelm you. Don’t resolve to run a mile. Instead, resolve to walk around the block a few times each week and slowly increase your activity overtime. Don’t swear off hamburgers forever but resolve to eat an additional fruit and vegetable every day.
Take time to relax: Take at least 10 minutes each day to rest and focus on something you like to do. Studies have shown that stress can negatively impact your health. You may find it helpful to listen to music, talk with friends, or read a good book. Relaxing, in addition to other healthy behaviors, can greatly improve your health.
Be active: Slowly increasing your physical activity can make a big impact. The World Health Organization recommends that older adults aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity each week. Physical activity includes dancing, walking, swimming and even some household chores. It is important to always be safe and talk with a member of your health care team before you start any new activity.
Visit HEALTHY U Ohio for more information and resources on how you can begin to take charge of your health.