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New Year’s Resolutions May Be Hazardous to Your Health

Illustration: Confetti and streams falling from aboveIs your New Year’s resolution to lose weight, get in shape, and be healthier in 2015? If so, you’re probably in good company. According to statisticbrain.com, the top ten New Year’s resolutions of 2014 were:

  1. Lose weight
  2. Get organized
  3. Spend less, save more
  4. Enjoy life to the fullest
  5. Stay fit and healthy
  6. Learn something exciting
  7. Quit smoking
  8. Help others in their dreams
  9. Fall in Love
  10. Spend more time with family

But of those who made New Year’s resolutions last year, only about 8% were successful in achieving their resolutions. Of course, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make them. The surest way to miss your goal to be healthier and in better shape in 2015 is to never set that goal. But it does mean you should set achievable goals and pursue them in smart ways.

If you want to be healthier, the first thing you should do is get a check-up. Most reputable websites, books, and articles on weight loss and exercise recommend seeing your doctor before beginning a new program, but how many people actually do it? It makes sense, though, doesn’t it? It’s important to know your particular health issues and needs and to partner with a healthcare professional. You may think your problem is not knowing when to put down that fork. That may very well be true, but you may also have an underlying health issue like a hormone imbalance or low blood sugar that affects your ability to lose weight and keep it off. And you don’t want to start that exercise program with unknown heart or blood pressure issues.

Together, you and your doctor can set attainable goals and design a plan specifically for you. You may be tempted to do a “cleanse,” go on a fast, or choose a fad diet that will give quick results, but take a lesson from the tortoise: slow and steady wins the race. (If your doctor does recommend a more drastic approach, it should be followed under his or her supervision.) And that plan to go to the gym seven days a week will likely result in burnout and, possibly, injury.

Hillcrest Medical is here to help you with your New Year’s resolution to be healthier. Though we’re the best place for urgent care in Dallas, we are also here for your long term care. Make us your healthcare partner in 2015.

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