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Whether your New Year’s resolution is to lose weight, get in shape, or take control of your health in general, there is no better time to do so than right now. The most popular resolution of those that vow to make a change every New Year is to lose weight. If you want to improve your health and begin 2017 with a positive outlook, consider pledging to any of the following resolutions.

Exercise More

An obvious and very common New Year’s resolution, adding exercise to your daily or weekly routine has both short-term and long-term benefits. Immediate effects include improved mood, decreased levels of stress, and a clearer mindset. Overtime, to no surprise, exercise can help you lose weight, and prevent a large variety of health problems like heart disease, diabetes, and even cancer.

Eat Breakfast

Studies have shown that more than 53% of Americans skip breakfast at least once a week, 12% of which never eat breakfast at all. While this has not been found to have a direct link with health problems, it can lead to feelings of sluggishness, fatigue, and irritation. Eating a healthy meal within 90 minutes of waking up boosts your metabolism, and prevents hunger throughout the day, which may lead to overeating.

More Fruits and Vegetables

Many people fall well short of their daily vitamin requirements, largely in part due to not eating enough fruits or vegetables. It is important to note however, that high levels of fruit can actually increase blood sugar levels, so be cautious. Try to eat just one piece of fruit a day. Berries are a great choice, as they are low in sugar and high in antioxidants.

For vegetables, the greener the better. Incorporate more salads into your diet to get more dietary fibers, B-vitamins, and calcium, but don’t limit yourself. Eating a large variety of vegetables, 2 cups of which per day, can have incredibly positive health benefits.

Regular Screenings

Going to the doctor’s office is commonly regarded as a chore for most people. Depending on your age or gender, you should receive medical attention from your doctor accordingly. Avoiding these screenings can lead to undiagnosed diseases, and an increased risk of poor health in general. Some of the most important tests include annual physicals, blood pressure, cholesterol levels, mammograms, and prostate cancer screenings.

Sleep Better
More than a third of adults in the United States do not get enough sleep on a regular basis. An improper night’s sleep can not only have you feeling worn down and irritable in the morning, but over time can lead to several health problems. These can include weight gain, hypertension, depression, and even heart attacks. Be sure to get at least 6-8 hours of sleep every night in order to begin your mornings on a positive note.