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Break New Year's Resolutions and Stick to Basics

January 16, 2015 4:45 am

Research shows that every year, nearly half of Americans resolve to make lifestyle changes, but only 8 percent actually achieve those goals.

“Americans have been inundated with quick fixes like fad diets,” says Dr. Tony Norelli, Medical Director, Northwestern Mutual. "We don't need new ways to live healthier and happier. What's old is new again. We need to get back to the basics. We need long-term solutions, not resolutions with a deadline. Today, planning is the new plaid; the basics are the new black."

Norelli recommends focusing on these essential five lifelong solutions to live healthier and happier in 2015 and beyond:

1. Plan a check-up. When it comes to your physical health, primary prevention is key. Routine "check-ups" at a doctor's office can help keep your well-being on track – and add a year, on average, to your lifespan.

2. Consume less. Food portions in America's restaurants have doubled or tripled over the last 20 years. Many of us are members of the "clean plate club" generation, so it can seem strange to encourage yourself to stop eating when you're full. Remember, "all you can eat" is a suggestion, not a challenge.

3. Move more. An active lifestyle is an investment in your lifespan - and can be good insurance against heart disease and cancer. Can you make physical activity or sports a regular part of your day? If so, you could add years to your life.

4. Relax. Stress can help you be more productive or block you from achieving your potential. Knowing how to handle stress can make your life longer – and more enjoyable. Regular exercise is an excellent way to mitigate stress. Find something like yoga, walking, running, cycling or weight lifting, and keep doing it.

Source: Northwestern Mutual

Published with permission from RISMedia.

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