| Tue, Dec 30, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

7 Health Goals for 2015

Posted by Medicare Made Clear

get healthy for new yearsWhy do New Year’s resolutions start off so full of promise and then go “poof” a few weeks later? Usually, it’s because the resolution is so grandiose and there’s no real plan. Plus, many people take an “all or nothing” approach with their resolutions. Commit a slight slip and many of these resolutions go straight out the window.

If “getting healthier” is one of your goals for 2015, it’s important to make a solid plan. Here are seven ways to help you reach your health goals.

Maintain a Healthy Body Weight

Be realistic if you need to shed some weight. For example, don’t tell yourself you’re going to lose 50 pounds by March. Instead, aim to lose one to two pounds per week. If after one year you lose just one pound per week, you’ll have lost 52 pounds.

Eat for Good Health

Some people eat out of boredom while others hardly eat anything at all. Food is fuel for your body, so don’t binge or starve yourself. Make healthy selections that have lots of nutrition.

Get Plenty of Exercise

Incorporating physical activity into your life doesn’t mean training for a triathlon. Walking, swimming, yoga, biking or most any other activity will do.

Get Plenty of Sleep

There are many health benefits of a good night’s sleep. Getting the right amount of sleep helps heal and rebuild the body and may help control your appetite.

Stay Engaged

An active social life may help improve your mood and make you happier and healthier. And learning new skills is a brain booster, so keep the brain active by challenging it.

Quit Smoking

Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do for your health.

Follow Your Doctor’s Orders

Attend your annual Medicare Wellness Visit, paid for by Medicare Part B, and follow your doctor’s recommendations. Plan your preventative care and health screenings now.

For more information, explore MedicareMadeClear.com or contact the Medicare helpline 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227), TTY 1-877-486-2048.

Resources:

Making Healthy New Year’s Resolutions that Stick: Medicare Made Clear

Physical Activities, Define Your Goals: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

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