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Let’s get back to basics for a Happy New Year
December 18, 2018

As we approach the end of 2018 and look forward to a new year, this is a good opportunity to think about health -- for ourselves and the community we live within.

There have been so many advances in medicine and health over the generations that it might be hard to remember that some basic advice still remains the best ways to stay healthy: Get some exercise, eat healthier foods and drink more water.

It seems simple enough, but it is a message that seems to get lost in this results-now, magic-pill kind of world of today. As a society we seem to be looking for that silver bullet that will solve all of our ills. What is the latest diet fad? What magic drink will burn away the calories with little effort? Can I look 20 years younger by simply drinking this powder mix?

I’m not here to criticize any product or diet, but the real answer(s) is the same that health officials have been telling people for decades.

Get some exercise: That doesn’t mean hitting the gym every day for hours on end, but something simpler. Get at least 30 minutes of some exercise each day, which can mean take a break from work and walk, or spend 30 minutes on a cardio machine, or bike to the store. The idea is to get the blood flowing and your heart rate up.

Eat healthier foods: We know that daily visits to the local fast-food joint is not good for you, but doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself to a burger and fries once-in-a-while. Maybe trade those fries for a salad (with light dressing or lemon juice). Green vegetables can be a tasty treat as an alternative to fried side-dishes. Instead chopping down several pieces of white bread slathered in butter before a meal, maybe just a single slice without the butter. Moderation is the key.

Drink more water: Those sugary drinks are part of everyday life it seems and it’s hard to stay away from the sports drinks after a workout. Regular use of alcohol can also be hard on someone’s health. Maybe you can carry a reusable water bottle with you and make yourself fill it twice a day. You’d be surprised how quickly it becomes a habit and you stop reaching for the sugary drink.

Do better today than yesterday. Pretty soon it’s several weeks down the road and you can see the health difference. Have a healthy 2019!