People make resolutions in order to try and improve some aspects in their lives, which they think they can do better. A lot of people may want to work harder at the office, spend more time with family, volunteer more, or take steps at being healthy. All of these may be important, but it may be wise to put your health on top of the list. After all, how can you enjoy all the hard work that you have invested, if you don’t take care of yourself? Here are some recommended resolutions that may improve your overall health and well-being:

1. Eat healthy. It may be a good way to start the year if you exert effort in eating healthy. Try to eat more fruits, vegetables, legumes and grains. These are wise choices to make because they contain a lot of nutrients but with lesser fat content. These are also healthy choices because it has no cholesterol. Try to get a variety of fruits and vegetables so that you will not grow tired of eating kind in a week. Choose properly the cuts of the meat that you eat, as well as the right portions to be consumed. Avoid upgrading food items because you may end up consuming more than enough of what is recommended.

2. Get the entire family involved in a physical activity. The rising numbers of children and adolescents, who are obese, should be taken seriously by parents. The earlier you can instill the importance of physical activity in kids, the better it will be for their health. Try to take your kids out to the park regularly, or you can play ball games. Anything that will get you and your kids to exercise will work fine.

3. Have regular screening tests. Screening is important because early detection is essential in the treatment of an illness. A good example is the importance of having a yearly Pap Smear. Women, who are 21 years old and older, should have this screening test to detect cervical cancer. Check with your doctor for a health screening schedule, so that you are able to properly monitor your health. Early detection is very crucial in ensuring a better prognosis.

4. Let go of bad habits. Maybe it’s about time to bid smoking goodbye. If staying motivated is an issue, think about your family’s health. Experts estimate that 87% of lung cancers are caused by either smoking, or breathing second-hand smoke. Aside from cancer, smoking can only predispose an individual to serious health risks such as cardiovascular problems, infertility, miscarriage, and many others. Try to consult your doctor for guidance on how you can stop smoking. There are also numerous support groups that may also be of help, in your resolve to quit smoking.

5. Get vaccinated. Young women should get the HPV vaccine because it is a good way of protecting yourself from common types of HPV viruses. These viruses can be transmitted through sexual contact, and if you get infected, it may lead to cervical cancer. Flu shots are also very important, and you need to be vaccinated yearly. If you are pregnant, ask your doctor as to which vaccine is safe for you. The website of Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, contains very useful information with regards to recommended adult immunizations.

6. Maintain a healthy lifestyle. Try to create a balance by ensuring that you also get enough rest. Working hard is definitely good, especially if it means securing the future of your family. However, it is equally important to get enough rest and sleep. Try to take time to go out and unwind, away from the responsibilities at home, and the pressures at work. Taking a break doesn’t have to be costly, but it can be good for your overall well-being.

As a parent, there will always be deadlines to meet, things that need to be done, bills to pay, and the list can go on and on. Taking care of yourself is a good way in ensuring that you can accomplish the all these things. A healthy start is definitely the best way to jump-start the New Year.