Now that the calendar has rolled over to 2017, it’s a good time to focus on resolutions for the coming year. While our goals may include improving ourselves in any number of ways, the most common goals center on improving our health.

New Year's Resolutions for Optimal Health

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Though we may think primarily about losing weight, this is just one aspect of our overall health. If you are pondering setting health-related resolutions, consider these worthy goals for well-rounded and balanced fitness.

  • Maintaining a healthy body – When your metabolism is working well, you will have more energy and fewer body pains. Maintaining a healthy body requires adequate vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, dietary fiber, and fatty acids to facilitate healthy body processes. Adequate sleep is required to allow the body to repair cells and perform other maintenance activities. Eating nutritiously makes you physically and mentally sharp, while exercising regularly results in a healthier heart, muscles, bones, and lungs.
  • Reducing injuries and infections –A healthy body is prepared to handle unusual stress, which might ordinarily lead to infection. A daily exercise routine that includes aerobic activity and exercises to strengthen the muscles and bones could help prevent pulled muscles, bone fractures, and sprains. A diet rich in vitamin C can also help improve your immune system.
  • Maintaining weight – Maintaining weight can be achieved by staying fit and burning calories. Eating low-fat foods with high vitamin and mineral content will help you control your weight and avoid cardiovascular problems.
  • Preventing chronic diseases – Eating a diet that is low in fat and salt can help prevent high blood pressure and other arterial problems and can also help reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Maintaining a healthy body weight may also help decrease the risk of type 2 diabetes and some forms of cancer.

Making New Year’s resolutions to shed pounds quickly may seem appealing, but it’s important to consider overall health in the process. Set a strong set of resolutions that include a mix of exercise and measured, balanced eating. Make 2017 a year of treating your body right.