Keeping your New Years resolutions can be hard, especially if they’re ones that require huge changes. Sometimes, it’s better to pick less lofty goals for yourself. Heartland is here to give you ideas for manageable changes for the new year that will help on your road to health.
A step forward
One of the simplest ways to manage your weight is to get your daily steps up. According to experts, 10,000 steps per day is the “magic number” to trim fat and prevent type 2 diabetes. Even if you don’t have the time to get 10,000 steps in, adding just 2,000 per day can make a difference.
Take the stairs instead of the elevator, park a little further away from the entrance to the store or your work, and take a break a few times a day to take a quick walk. The steps add up! After you’ve reached 2,000, start on the next 2,000 for the day.
Get rid of the junk
Processed foods contribute a lot to obesity, so gradually getting rid of them can help. Every week, throw out one processed food item and replace them with healthier alternatives. Apples, peanuts, whole grain crackers and similar snacks are good ways to get your fix without all that processed junk.
Fruits and vegetables are another great addition to your snacking diet, and are a great way to lower your blood pressure and lose weight. Those types of foods are also rich in antioxidants and will help you fight disease.
Fishing for health
Eating fish at least twice per week can have big benefits, and those who eat fish regularly are known to live longer and are less prone to heart disease. Salmon, lake trout, tune and flounder have a good balance between good fatty acids and low mercury. Avoid shark, swordfish, mackerel and tilefish, which are high in mercury.
Keep in mind that if you’re pregnant, you should limit your fish and shellfish to 12 ounces per week.