Think Lifestyle; Not Diet As expected, the most common goal is weight loss, but I would advise putting a unique spin on this goal: I suggest making a goal of eating a healthier diet and striving to work out at least 3 times/week. Rather than set a lofty “numeric goal” for weight loss, focus on eating at least one healthy veggie with every meal, eliminating sugary snacks and walking 20 minutes/day—then build on these easy initial goals.
Form Partnerships Partner with your primary MD and set prevention-type goals—for example stop smoking, manage blood pressure or diabetes and maintain a healthy cholesterol level. Collaborating with a professional helps ensure success.
Embrace Digital Now, more than ever, there are digital tools that are available to help you become healthier in 2018. From fitness trackers to Apple Watches to sophisticated wearables—the sky is the limit. The Kardia band from AliveCor even allows you to track your heart rhythm in real time and obtain a “hospital quality” EKG—all from your wrist watch. When we, as healthcare consumers, are engaged with technology, we become more engaged and involved in our own health status—and this engagement has been shown to improve outcomes.
Live in the MOMENT Take time to enjoy the little “moments” in life—In the U.S., we are always looking to the next thing on our to-do list. Enjoy and celebrate successes. This will help you stay focused and will also improve your mental health. Time with family, friends, and other loved ones can help you stay healthy and happy.
Get more Sleep In general, Americans do not get enough sleep. When we are sleep-deprived, we are less productive, prone to depression, and can make more mistakes at work. Sleep deprivation also increases your risk for obesity, heart disease and diabetes. The average adult needs approximately 7.5 to 8 hours of sleep each night. Kids need more.
Dr. Kevin Campbell, CEO of PaceMate, is an internationally recognized Cardiologist and On Air Television Medical, Health & Wellness expert. He appears regularly on Fox News, Fox Business, CBS and many other national media outlets. A pioneer of the use of social media and digital technologies in healthcare, Dr . Campbell is also an accomplished journalist, blogger, and the author of two books.
Dr. Campbell did his Cardiovascular Fellowship training at Duke University and has practiced medicine for more than 17 years.