26 percent of Americans (we Canadians probably about the same) will make a New Year’s resolution for 2019, according to data from YouGov Omnibus. The unhappy reality, though, is that most of the resolutions won’t last, with only 4 percent of last year’s resolvers saying they stuck to them all and just over a quarter saying they delivered on at least one. Some worthwhile resolutions if you’re still up to the task, make more friends; maybe throw an office acquaintance a birthday party or taking your neighbor chicken soup when she’s sick.
Lose weight by (according to to the Mayo Clinic) tried and true calorie-controlled diet and increased physical activity.
Eat better with, for starters, at least four servings of vegetables and three servings of fruit each day.
Substitute refined grains for whole grains.
Use scant amounts of fat, and make them healthy options like olive oil, vegetable oils, avocados, nuts, nut butters and oils.
Cut back on sugar.
Consume low-fat dairy products, lean meat and poultry, but only in limited amounts.
Stick to a budget by, according to Money, identifying how you spend your money, determining how expenditures match up with goals and making changes.
Get more sleep by (from the Mayo Clinic) sticking to a sleep schedule. This means you should block out no more than eight hours each night and head for bed and rise the same time every day. Don’t go to bed too close to a heavy meal or when you’re starving, and avoid nicotine, caffeine and alcohol for at least a few hours before bedtime.
Get more exercise. Again, from the Mayo Clinic, steady aerobic exercise like brisk walking for a period of about a half hour at least 5 days a week. It also advised people who want to get more exercise to increase simple physical activity, from taking the stairs to walking in from the farthest parking lot at work or when shopping.
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