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Tips to Achieve Your Health Goals

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Write your goals down and post where you will see them often.

Write your goals down and post where you will see them often.

Make this the year to become a healthier you. The plans you put in place now can help you reach your health and fitness goals.

To start, keep a positive outlook and know that you can accomplish most anything when you put your mind to it. According to the MayoClinic, positive thinking helps with stress management and can even improve your health. Health benefits that positive thinking may provide include:

*Increased lifespan

*Lower rates of depression

*Lower levels of distress

*Greater resistance to the common cold

*Reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease

*Better coping skills during hardships and times of stress

The New Year is a perfect time to reflect on the past 12 months and assess what habits you want to take with you and what you want to leave behind. Yes, resolutions can be hard to keep, but they don’t have to be. Follow these rules by the American Heart Association:

Create realistic goals and strategies

Keep it simple

Be patient

Are you ready to set new goals but aren’t quite sure how to get started? Use S.M.A.R.T. goals and focus on small changes in your life. Small changes have big benefits for your health. S.M.A.R.T. stands for specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-based.

5 Reasons to set SMART goals:

1.Helps you focus

2.Helps you stay motivated

3.Helps you manage your time

4.Helps you track your progress

5.You are more likely to achieve them

Tips for 2015

Take on a 30 day challenge—make it a habit!

Pair up. Encourage a friend to set healthy goals.

Write it down. Post your goal somewhere you look often.

Always stay positive.


What Makes You Sick During Cold and Flu Season

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Think you are safer hibernating inside your home? Fresh air may be the key to keeping healthy all winter.

Think you are safer hibernating inside your home? Fresh air may be the key to keeping healthy all winter.

Sometimes washing your hands and avoiding sick people aren’t enough to keep you healthy during cold and flu season. Here are some tips to keep you out of the doctor’s office this winter:

Tip #1: Your possessions may be getting you sick.

While most of us are careful about germs in public places, we tend to take the cleanliness of our own stuff for granted. Make sure you wipe down surfaces you tend to touch like your phone or keyboard with a disinfectant.

Tip #2: Dryness air spreads germs.

Viruses love the winter because the cold, dry air makes it easier for them to stick on surfaces and spread from person to person. Keep a humidifier running while you sleep to reduce the chance of spreading germs and prevent your throat and nose from drying out.

Tip #3: Germs live in cozy homes.

It may be your first instinct to bundle up inside to keep warm and avoid the flu, but research shows that staying inside increases your chances of getting sick. Try getting outside once in a while to get some fresh air as it may be the key to keeping you healthy all through the winter.

For more tips, check out American Well’s blog post.


Top 4 Reasons to Exercise

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Exercise strengthens bones, boosts mood and reduces risk of disease, but more than 25 percent of women are not active at all.

Exercise strengthens bones, boosts mood and reduces risk of disease, but more than 25 percent of women are not active at all.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that more than 60 percent of U.S. women do not engage in the recommended amount of physical activity and more than 25 percent of U.S. women are not active at all.

Physical activity does not need be strenuous to achieve health benefits. Women of all ages benefit from a moderate amount of daily physical activity. The same moderate amount of activity can be obtained in longer sessions of moderately intense activities (such as 30 minutes of brisk walking) as in shorter sessions of more strenuous activities (such as 15-20 minutes of jogging). Previously sedentary women who begin physical activity programs should start with short intervals (5-10 minutes) of physical activity and gradually increase to the desired level of activity.

The CDC lists the following as benefits of regular exercise:

1. Reduce the risk of disease: Physical activity can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease and of developing high blood pressure, colon cancer, and diabetes.

2. Strengthen bones, muscles, and joints: Physical activity helps maintain and strengthen bones, muscles, and joints. Increased physical activity can also reduce joint swelling.

3. Control weight: Women who participate in regular physical activity have more control of their weight due to the building lean muscle, which reduces body fat.

4. Boost your mood: Physical activity can improve your psychological health at any stage of life.