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Keep Those Resolutions This Year

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Out With the Old

Build healthier habits this year

It's already a new year, and you've got health resolutions to—break? Try these tips for sticking to your resolve and changing your habits for better health.

Record it.

If you're trying to eat healthier, write down everything you eat, or snap a picture with your cellphone camera. If exercise is part of your schedule, write the sessions on your calendar, then jot down what you did after your workout.

Replace it.

Instead of grabbing a candy bar at 3 pm, reach for a bottle of water. Or, swap 30 minutes of TV for a 30-minute stroll before you watch your favorite shows. Be specific about these exchanges, and you'll be more likely to follow through.

Celebrate it.

Whether you treat yourself to a haircut, or simply share your success with a friend, take a moment to congratulate yourself when you make progress. Set small goals, and reward yourself for achieving them so you can celebrate the journey as much as the final success.

Talk about it.

Maybe it's those extra holiday pounds or the idea of another year passing, but lots of people think about how to live healthier in the wintertime. Whatever the reason, it's never too late to start making positive changes in your life. And a great way to get started is to visit your doctor for a checkup. The doctor will assess your overall well-being by asking you general questions, testing your blood pressure and checking your weight. Use this time to talk about what you'd like to achieve. Maybe you're trying to quit smoking or lose weight? Your doctor can help you set realistic goals. Use your doctor's support to kick off a healthy, happy new year. Also, check to see if your plan provides preventive care and wellness benefits.

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Last Updated 04/10/2009