According to research from U.S. News & World Report, 80 percent of all resolutions are given up on by the second week of February. Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital (HGB) and its health care professionals at AL!VE would like to offer you these helpful tips for accomplishing and maintaining your commitment to a few of the common, reoccurring resolutions in 2018.
- Losing Weight: Making this one small change can be a real game changer: drink more water. Drinking the suggested eight glasses of water a day can help improve your overall quality of life, physical energy retention and possibly accelerate your digestive processes. If you already exercise, this will go a long way to help you stay hydrated before engaging in physical activities, prevent muscular atrophy and give you that extra energy you might need.
- Reading More: Despite how convenient reading has become thanks to digital resources such as websites and eBooks, we don’t read as much as we once did. One reason for this is actually because of the convenience of digital reading. But reading via a screen means consuming more of what is known as blue-light, which can lead to irritation of the eye, headaches, inability to relax and can accelerate retina damage typically gained over your lifetime. These factors make it harder to read for extended periods of time – try picking up a good old-fashioned paperback and enjoy the journey without taking as many breaks in-between.
- Spending Less Money:It’s as simple as staying home. Eating out isn’t cost effective when trying to save a few dollars here and there. According to Money Magazine, the average price for a meal at a sit-down restaurant rose by 2.6 percent in 2016. Better yet, federal census data shows that average prices for foods eaten at home in January falls 0.5 percent year over year. Most dining options are meant to be an experience, so cutting back might just make the next date night a little more special.