This Should be Your #1 New Year’s Resolution

Happy New Year! If you’re like me, you typically make a few resolutions and you are trying to start off 2019 with a healthier lifestyle. It’s an exciting, new beginning for me each year, and then around the end of February I say “screw it” and go back to all of my old bad habits.

Most people I know have a hundred different ideas to achieve their fitness goals. For the last two months, this is a repeated topic at the dinner table with our resident doctor. Several people during the holiday season have approached my husband explaining that in January they are getting serious about their health. Then, while chomping on cookies and guzzling cocktails (myself included😊) they sheepishly asked his opinion on certain diet or exercise plans. I have heard him mention the same study on multiple occasions now, and it has scared the heck out of me!

As a result, this year I am putting all my energies towards fulfilling one resolution: exercise. Yay. Apparently a new study has suggested that not exercising is as bad as smoking! Cleveland Clinic researchers found that aerobic fitness can lead to a longer life, and the risks of not being aerobically fit are as harmful as the risks of smoking or diabetes.

Honestly I kind of hate exercising, so this isn’t going to be easy for me. We are now three weeks into January, and I have to say I have been exercising consistently so far. I’m hoping that for once it will stick throughout and beyond February.

If you decide to start a new exercise program, you should obviously talk to your doctor first. You can find more information about the study here: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamanetworkopen/fullarticle/2707428

Good luck with whatever your resolutions are this year, and hopefully regular aerobic exercise is one of your goals. 😁 I’m thinking I can continue to eat whatever I want as long as I ramp up the exercise… but that’s not actually doctor-approved! I’ll keep you posted on my progress!

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