New Year, New You: 5 Tips to Plan for Your Wellness

New Year’s resolutions are a time-honored tradition for many people, and one of the most popular resolutions is to get healthy. Whether you want to lose weight, improve your diet, or increase your physical activity, there are many ways to make your new year’s resolution for getting healthy a reality. Here are some tips for making and sticking to your resolution:

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Set specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound (SMART) goals this will help you stay on track and make progress toward your resolution. For example, rather than resolving to “exercise more,” set a specific goal like “exercise for 30 minutes, three times per week.” Staying physically active by doing regular exercises, such as walking, swimming, or strength training can help improve your balance, flexibility, and strength. To execute your SMART goals, be sure to make a plan. Decide how you will achieve your goals and put your plan into action. This might include finding a workout buddy, signing up for a gym membership, or downloading a fitness app to help you track your progress.

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Be Consistent

It’s important to stick to your plan and make healthy choices on a regular basis. This might mean setting aside time for exercise each day or planning healthy meals in advance. Consistency is important when trying to be healthy in the new year because it helps to establish healthy habits and routines. When you are consistent with your healthy behaviors, it becomes easier to stick to your healthy lifestyle over the long term. This is because your body becomes accustomed to healthy habits and it becomes easier to make healthy choices. Additionally, being consistent can help to ensure that you are making progress toward your health goals. When you are consistent, you are more likely to see progress in your health, whether it is weight loss, improved energy levels, or other health benefits.

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Be Patient

Change doesn’t happen overnight, so don’t get discouraged if you don’t see results right away. It’s important to be patient and persistent and to celebrate the small victories along the way. It is important to be patient when trying to be healthy in the new year because it takes time for healthy habits to become established and for changes in your health to occur. It is not uncommon for people to want to see quick results when they start making changes to their health, but it’s important to remember that it takes time for these changes to take effect.

Being patient can also help you to be more consistent with your healthy habits. When you are patient and don’t expect immediate results, you are more likely to stay the course and stick to your healthy habits even when you don’t see progress right away. This can help you to build a foundation for long-term health and well-being.

Finally, being patient can help you to avoid getting discouraged or giving up on your health goals. It’s important to remember that progress toward health goals is often slow and incremental, and it’s important to be patient and persistent in order to see long-term results. So, being patient is very important when you are trying to be healthy.

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Make Healthy Habits Part of Your Lifestyle

As you work towards your resolution, try to incorporate healthy habits into your daily routine. This might mean packing a healthy lunch for work, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or going for a walk after dinner.

In living with PAD, a heart-healthy diet can help you control your blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and diabetes, which may lower your risk Many people with PAD also have underlying health issues that benefit from healthy ways of eating. In general, it is important to eat a diet low in sugar and avoid processed food, focusing on meals that highlight vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. Include low-fat dairy products, fish, poultry, legumes, nuts, seeds, and non-tropical vegetable oils like olive oil. Reduce salt, added sugars, and red meat. It is also important to maintain a healthy weight.

By following these tips, you can make your new year’s resolution for getting healthy a success. Remember to be kind to yourself and to celebrate your progress, no matter how small. With determination and a bit of hard work, you can achieve your goals and start the new year off on the right foot.

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Seek Support

It can be helpful to enlist the help of friends and family to stay motivated and on track. You could also consider joining a support group or hiring a personal trainer to help you reach your goals. See your doctor regularly to monitor your health and address any potential health issues. This is especially important if you have chronic health conditions. Stay connected with friends and loved ones, and consider joining a senior center or another social group. Social connections can help improve your mental health and well-being.

To learn more about the minimally invasive vascular solutions that Modern Vascular offers or to find answers to your PAD-related problems, you can call (888) 853-1278 or use the online form at to request a consultation with a Modern Vascular Patient Advocate.

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