5 resolutions to make for a healthier 2017

Ivy Jean Vibar, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 31 2016 03:51 PM

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MANILA - This New Year, instead of just resolving to just lose weight, it may be better to tweak one’s lifestyle and aim for overall well-being, health experts said.

These lifestyle changes will not only help you shed off unwanted pounds; they can also promote resistance to illnesses.

According to the World Health Organization-Philippines, five things are a good starting point to get one on the path to good health:

1.    A healthy, balanced diet
2.    Going smoke-free
3.    Exercise
4.    Drinking less alcohol
5.    Getting regular health check-ups

A healthy diet with fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, and nuts, and less salt, fats, and sugar can help the body balance the calories it consumes and uses, WHO said, and emphasized that a body that is powered by nutritious food and not junk is less likely to fall prey to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and cancer.

Quitting smoking is also a significant step towards good health, as one year of being cigarette-free can halve the risk of heart disease in a former smoker. It can also lower the risk for cancer, and improve breathing, blood circulation, and lung function, WHO said.

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This, in turn, can also help make it easier to exercise, which WHO claims can help weight control, and strengthen bones and muscles, as well as improve mood, productivity, and resistance to disease.

Lessening alcohol intake, meanwhile, can also help improve mental health. Cutting on alcoholic drinks reduces chances of depression, weight gain, and liver cancer.

To cap off healthy habits, WHO advised regular visits to the doctor, so they can find problems before they start and initiate a cure as soon as it is needed.

“By getting the right health services…you are well on your way to a longer, healthier life,” WHO said.