Have you made your New Year’s Resolution yet? If not, we have one for you: Keep yourself and those around you healthy during the flu season. The best way to prevent the flu is to get your annual flu vaccination. You might be thinking that it’s too late to get a flu vaccination, or you think you may not need it, but flu season usually peaks in February and can last as late as April or May. Getting vaccinated now can still protect you against the flu this season. There are two types of flu vaccines available.
- Flu Shot: The flu shot, usually given in the arm, is approved for most people 6 months and older.
- Flu Nasal Spray: The nasal spray vaccine is approved for healthy people ages 2 through 49 years who aren’t pregnant.
According to Time Magazine the following New Year’s Resolutions are the top resolutions, but also the top resolutions that are broken.
- Lose Weight and Get Fit
- Quit Smoking
- Learn Something New
- Eat Healthier and Diet
- Get Out of Debt and Save Money
- Spend More Time with Family
- Travel to New Places
- Be Less Stressed
- Drink Less
It’s the time of year where New Year’s Resolutions have been made, but now it’s time to make them happen. For many losing weight, eating healthy and exercising regularly are common resolutions. But the real question is, how do you realistically find success with your resolution. The following tips can help
Be realistic with yourself and your resolution.
The best way to reach a goal is to make that goal an attainable goal. For example, instead of making a resolution to never eat your favorite food again, set your resolution ot only eating that food once per month so you aren’t setting yourself up for failure. Make attainable goals that are tough, but you know you can realistically reach.
Outline a Resolution Plan.
Decide in advance how you will deal when tempted to skip your workout or eat that giant chocolate bar put in front of you. Decide in advance how to handle resolution breakers when put in front of you and practices positive thinking to keep you on the right track.
Talk About Your Resolution.
If you tell enough people, it will not only keep you on track personally, but those that you tell will be there to support your resolution. And even better they may have the same resolution so you can motivate one another along your path.
Track Your Progress.
Keep track of what you are eating, how much exercise you are getting, and how much you are sleeping, etc. Accomplishments can keep you motivated to stay on track with your goals.
If you attain one of your goals, reward yourself with something you like that does not contradict your resolution. For example if your resolution is to lose 5 lbs and you hit that goal, reward yourself with new fitness clothing to keep you on the right track to attaining your next goal.
Keep Trying and Stick to It.
Studies have shown it take approximately 21 days for a new activity to become a habit. Stick to it and once you achieve your goals, make another goal to keep going and continue with your resolution to better yourself and your health.
Talk to us today to help you make your health and fitness resolution a reality. We are here to help.
Did you know, that there are more former smokers in our country than smokers today? Have you been trying to quit smoking or any other form of tobacco use? We are here to help you become one of those former smokers mentioned. We all know by now, the harmful effects that tobacco use can have on the human body. By quitting smoking, you can greatly reduce the risk of cancer or other smoking-related diseases. The question is, how do you quit? There are several effective treatments to stop smoking. If you have tried quitting, cold turkey and haven’t found success, the following treatments could help:
- Counseling and behavioral therapies
- Nicotine replacement products (patches, gum, lozenges)
- Prescription non-nicotine medications