When it comes to setting New Year’s resolutions to get healthy, it’s important to set realistic goals that are attainable and understand you may need to make some changes to your lifestyle. It’s important to focus on diet and exercise but also pay attention to your mental health and sleep schedule.
People listening to this podcast are probably looking for suggestions on how to create some New Year’s resolutions related to health and wellness. Let’s start with what seems to be the most common goal, to lose weight. How should people set a realistic weight loss goal?
Dr. Chris Serafini: One, I would say start with a realistic goal. Don’t bite off more than you can chew. You don’t want to set yourself up for disappointment. As well, I would say, make a good plan. Have a good plan. Have a good outline of what you want to do, how you want to do it. You’re going to have to try and make some sort of dietary changes, some exercise implementation. Some supplementation would be great, maybe a detoxification program. If you’re not really sure about those particular categories, find somebody who knows them. Find somebody who can direct you or give you advice, but to really have a realistic goal and a good plan.
Setting a new fitness goal is also a very popular resolution. Should fitness goals be set in smaller, more attainable increments, or is it better to set the bar high right out of the gate?
Dr. Chris Serafini: This is in my opinion. I think you should start with smaller, more attainable goals. This would really also depend on your particular fitness level or health level. Depending on where you are on that scale, you’re going to want to most likely, if you’re just starting out, setting some goals, you want to start with something a little smaller and attainable.
Many healthy people do not get regular checkups or physicals because they don’t have time, they forget to schedule the appointments, or they feel it’s not necessary. What are important medical checkups you think people should include in their 2019 health resolutions?
Dr. Chris Serafini: I would say some sort of comprehensive blood panel, a good blood panel, not just a very superficial layer, but really looking a little deeper. We have some different blood panels that we do in our office. We reference them as a comprehensive foundational panel. You have to really look in order to see anything. You can’t look at somebody and tell they have high cholesterol. You can’t look at somebody and tell they have high blood pressure, those kind of things. Someone who may seemingly look healthy on the outside may have medical issues going on on the inside. They’re just not symptomatic yet. My best advice is to really just set a baseline, get yourself a good comprehensive blood panel.
Mental health has become more widely discussed in recent years. Why should people focus on their own mental health and make that a priority in 2019?
Dr. Chris Serafini: I think mental health affects all aspects of your life. It affects focus, your drive, your determination, your personality to an extent obviously, your interaction with others. Although I’m not a mental health professional specifically, my opinion on mental health is something that obviously you want to make sure you’re very healthy in that aspect.
Getting more sleep is a big issue for a lot of people. Should that be considered as a top New Year’s health resolution?
Dr. Chris Serafini: I’d say most definitely. A lot of times people don’t understand that you sleep a third of your life. By the time you’re 30 years old, you’ve slept 10 years. By the time you’re 60 years old, you slept 30 years. The whole reason why we sleep is because our body is repairing at nighttime. As you go through life, your normal day-to-day activities, your body’s using all of the resources to get you to do the activities you’re asking it to do throughout the day.
Once you go to sleep, you close your eyes, you’re motionless for the most part, your body goes into repair mode. If you start decreasing the amount of hours that your body’s trying to repair itself, you’re obviously going to start to miss a threshold the body has to be able to repair. There’s damage occurring and it’s breaking down on a day-to-day basis. You have to give it time to repair it, and that’s what you’re doing when you’re sleeping.
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