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Reasonable Resolutions for a Better 2012

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So often we set tough or unrealistic resolutions, and each December we find ourselves trying to figure out what happened to our last resolutions. This year, try setting smaller, more attainable goals for yourself for a more healthy 2012.

1. Drink more water

We’ve heard it a hundred times: humans are mostly made up of water, nobody drinks enough water, choose water over soda -- got it. But did you know that every day on average we lose 10 cups of fluid through our natural bodily functions? About 75 percent of Americans are chronically dehydrated!

On top of preventing disease, irritability, dizziness and other negative side effects, water can help you lose weight! I can bet the number one nation-wide new year's resolution is to lose weight.

Drinking water can help you feel fuller faster, suppress your appetite, and reduce cravings for sweets and other yummy snacks.

2. Walk or bike your errands

Of course this isn’t possible for everyone, but it’s a great way to get some extra exercise, enjoy the outdoors and help save the planet!

A study from the University of Wisconsin gathered data on obesity, health effects of pollution, and pollution from automobiles in Midwestern states.

According to NPR, “if the Midwesterners ran half of their short-distance errands by bike rather than by car, 1,100 deaths would be avoided each year, and $7 billion would be saved in reduced health-care costs.”

3. Don’t worry, be happy

Women are really good at most things, worrying being one of them. However, excessive worry can cause unnecessary stress, anxiety, and physical illness like dizziness, fatigue, irritability, rapid heartbeat and breathing among others.

Chronic, hormone-pumping worry can also cause serious physical disorders like premature heart attack, digestive disorders and a suppressed immune system.

To worry less, try to explore different relaxation techniques, exercise, strengthen your social network or talk to a professional therapist, and avoid caffeine.

4. Integrate exercise

Weight loss is more successful when you integrate healthy habits throughout your lifestyle, rather than trying to go from 0 to 100.

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