How to stick to New Year health and fitness resolutions

How to sustain health lifestyle changes (Photo: MGN Online)

It’s the new year and for many people that means now is a good opportunity to refocus on health and fitness goals.

However, according to a WalleHub study, 92 percent of people fail to keep their resolutions each year.

If you would like to make sustainable lifestyle changes, Dr. Justin Puckett at Complete Family Medicine says you should start by making simple health adjustments.

Begin by increasing your physical activity to 15 to 20 minutes a day, be mindful of portion size and carb restrict when necessary.

For individuals who are overweight, Dr. Puckett says many of those people are insulin resistant and will do best by eliminating refined carbs and sugar.

Dr. Puckett says everyone benefits from increasing their fiber intake and hydration with things like lemon and flavored water.

Brisk walking for only 15 to 20 minutes a day can increase calorie burn, muscle mass and help with non-weight related complications over time.

Dr. Puckett says the goal should be to stick to something that is doable, but also makes positive health changes to your life.

“ I’m not a big fan of following the number on the scale. That’s important to all of us, I know. But, what’s more important is the things that we’re doing and the things that we’re putting in our body and those things, even if the number on the scale doesn’t move as much as we’d like, it brings great returns to us for our health.”

You should work towards working out for 30 minutes a day of heart pounding physical activity.

Dr. Puckett says your protein intake should be around 60 grams.

A lack of physical activity, fiber, and over-consumption of refined foods can lead to high blood pressure, diabetes, metabolic disorders and in some cases cancer.

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