5 Healthy Resolutions for Women
Experts share their thoughts on the top 5 things women can do to get healthy and well in the new year.
New Year's Resolution No. 2: Jump Outside the Box continued...
He says many people make resolutions that are either unrealistic or too
vague. A woman, for instance, may resolve to lose 10 pounds in two weeks. If
she doesn't see desired results, she becomes discouraged and gives up.
It's better to set fitness goals that are realistic, achievable, and well
defined. For example, a woman may strive to lose one to two pounds per week by
exercising three to four times per week and holding off on seconds at the
While the trend is changing, too many women don't do valuable resistance
training, says Bryant. According to the Mayo Clinic, enhanced muscle mass can
not only help better manage weight, it can also improve endurance, maintain the
flexibility of joints, and reverse age-related declines in strength, bone
density, and muscle mass.
Even very busy women can do resistance training and aerobic exercise, as
they do not necessarily require a visit to a fitness center. "If you can't
get to the gym, what can you do today to be more active?" asks Saralyn
Mark, MD, senior medical adviser for the Office on Women's Health in the U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services. "Can it be walking a little bit
further in the parking lot, and using the stairs, or raking your
"There's a lot you can do with just what is around you," says Mark.
"The best part is that you don't have to get into a fancy gym outfit. You
can be comfortable and you can do it while you're watching the news."
New Year's Resolution No. 3: Guard Against the Bone Thief
This may not sound like a popular health resolution, but it is a crucial one
for women and girls of all ages.
"A lot of women feel that when they're not babies anymore, they don't
have to worry about their bones, but it's quite the contrary," says
Taub-Dix. "Watching calcium in your diet even as a young child or teen is
very important, because that is the setup for what your bones may look like
later on in life."