Ten Easy, Healthy, Fun New Year’s Resolutions That You Can Actually Do!!

At Dillon Family Dentistry of Rosemont we love New Year’s Resolutions. After all, the
new year is a great time to start fresh with some good habits.

But, the problem with New Year’s Resolutions is that they are usually broken way before
Groundhog Day. Why? We simply make them too darn difficult. So 2013 may not be the
year you lose 20 pounds, visit the gym six times per week, eat kale shakes for breakfast
every morning, write the Great American Novel and train a world class Portuguese Water
Dog, But it very well may be the years you start some healthy habits that last the rest of
your longer, healthier life!

Here are a few suggestions:

1) Walk, Don’t Run! If you’re the type that can train for a local 10K race, that’s
great. But if it’s not your thing, you can still benefit from more walking. Here’s
a simple way to make it happen. Whenever you are faced with a situation to use
an elevator or escalator, make it your personal rule that if it is one flight up or 2
flights down, you’ll take the steps. It’s easy!
2) Don’t Cruise The Lot! Instead of spending your time looking for a “great”
parking space, park a little further intentionally. You’ll not only get in a few extra
steps (which will amount to a few miles soon!)- your car will get less dinged up!
3) Know Your Numbers! Make sure that you get an annual physical which includes
a blood test. Knowing your cholesterol, blood sugar levels, and other vital
statistics, and then taking the proper measures recommended by your physician
will automatically put you in the top half of healthy Americans!
4) Test Yourself! It has been proven that knowing how to do a breast or testicular
self-exam can save your life. (If you’re not sure which one to do, your problem is
a bit more complicated.)Ask your health practitioner how to do it, or even check
out a video on You Tube!
5) Drop The Diet!- no not the healthy eating pattern- the diet soda!! It contains
all kinds of chemicals and many people theorize it actually makes you hungrier.
There is simply nothing good about diet soda. Switch to water, unsweetened tea
with lemon, or even black coffee in moderation.
6) Speaking Of Soda…. One of the simplest things anyone can do to become
immediately healthier is to go cold turkey on sodas and sports drinks. They are
loaded with sugar and are simply unnecessary. If all you do to change your diet is
drop these two things, pounds can actually melt off quickly and never come back!
7) Think Positively! It may sound trite, but if you believe good things are going to
happen, they probably will. Seeing the worst in every situation simply stresses
you out and causes you to react negatively. Those who think happy usually are!
8) Do What Scares You! Pick one thing that you have been afraid to do, and commit
to it. Put it on your calendar. Tell your friends or family members that you are
going to do it. Then do it! It could be a polar bear plunge, skydiving, a trip to
Europe, quitting your job, reuniting with an old friend you had a fight with –
it doesn’t matter! Pick one thing, put it on your calendar, and do it! Then do

9) Appreciate What You Have And Don’t Envy Others. Enough said! Pull this
off successfully and your entire life will change!
FLOSS! The benefits of healthy gums are numerous, including fresher
breath, a lifetime of teeth, reduced risk of heart disease and diabetes, and many
more. It’s simple to do and takes just one minute per day, yet practically no
one does it! If you’re not sure how to floss properly, we would love to show
you! Even if you feel you are not coordinated enough, we can show you some
inexpensive gadgets that will help. Make 2013 the year of the floss!!

So there you have it – ten simple healthy New Year’s tips that anyone can do!! Feel
free to add your own. And since dental health and a beautiful smile are also on your
list, don’t forget that we are here for you! If you have any questions or need to make an
appointment, simply give us a call at 1-610-525-5497. Happy New Year!!