LIVING WELL

New Year’s Resolutions

As the New Year begins, many people try to make their bad habits end and good habits begin. Out of shape people are taking up exercise by going to the gym. Some people are giving up smoking. It is the time of year when everybody tries to become somebody else, the time of year when no one is acting normal.

Here are the top 10 New Year’s resolutions. Spend more time with family and friends

Recent polls conducted shows that more than 50 percent of Americans vow to appreciate loved ones and spend more time with family and friends this year. Work shouldn’t always come first. Fit in Fitness

Regular exercise has been associated with more health benefits than anything else known to man. Studies show it reduces the risk of some cancers, increases longevity, and enhances mood – not to mention the benefits of looking better. Tame the Bulge

Over 66 percent of adult Americans are considered overweight or obese, so it is not surprising to find that weight loss is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions. Just remember to set reasonable goals for yourself. Quit smoking

If you have resolved to make this year that you kick your smoking habit, over the counter availability of nicotine replacement therapy makes it easier. Enjoy Life More

Given the hectic, stressful lifestyles of millions of Americans, it is no wonder that “enjoying life more” has become a popular resolution. It’s an important step to a happier and healthier you! Quit Drinking

If you have decided that you want to stop drinking, there is a world of help and support available for you. Get out of Debt

Was money a big source of stress in your life last year? Join the millions of Americans who have resolved to spend this year getting a handle on finances. Learn Something new

Perhaps you have decided on a career change? Or decided to learn a new language or just how to fix your computer? You’ll find education to be one of the easiest, most motivating New Year’s resolutions to keep. Help Others

A popular, non-selfish New Year’s resolution. We could all benefit from making this one our biggest priority. Get organized.

On just about every list, organization is a priority. This is an easily attainable goal, so don’t give up.

All of these resolutions can help you become a healthier person just by reducing some stress in your life. Make 2010 your year to make living healthy a priority.

Remember: If we don’t take care of our bodies where else are we going to live?

Lynn Pass is owner of The Gym in Oneonta. She
holds a bachelor’s degree in Health and Human
Performance from Auburn University and personal
training and aerobic certifications in ACE, AFFA, and
ACSM.