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5 New Year’s Resolutions to Improve Your Life

28 Dec 2015
| Under COPD, Lifestyle, Lung Disease | Posted by | 2 Comments
5 New Year’s Resolutions to Improve Your Life

Looking to change for the New Year? Here’s where to start.

Every year millions of Americans will create New Year’s resolutions with the hopes of changing themselves for the better. Whether it’s the goal of losing weight, enjoying life to the fullest, or spending more time with family and friends, the spirit of personal renewal is contagious during the New Year. Unfortunately, only 14% of people over 50 will achieve their resolution this year. With this statistic in mind, the Lung Institute has put together a shortlist of 5 New Year’s resolutions for improving your life this year and, more importantly, how to keep them.

5. Quit Smoking

5 New Year’s Resolutions to Improve Your Life

If you suffer from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, and are currently smoking, stop. Although that is often more easily said than done, the Lung Institute is here to help. As we’ve mentioned before, the dangers of smoking are severe. Ranked 7th in the nation’s top New Year’s resolutions, the desire to quit smoking is commonly associated with bettering one’s life, and it’s been found that to quit smoking for even ten minutes is to gain ten minutes of improved health.

How to Stay On Track

Although difficult to quit, there are several methods to give up the habit. The first step is easy–get rid of your cigarettes. It’s helpful to chew gum during this time and find ways of de-stressing during this time. It can be anything from solving puzzles and playing games to reading. Finally, when quitting anything cold turkey, count your steps. Take everything one day at a time and before you know it, days turn into months, and months turn into years.

4. Eat Healthy

5 New Year’s Resolutions to Improve Your Life

Bettering one’s diet or losing weight typically comes in 1st on the nation’s top New Year’s resolutions, but for those suffering from COPD, we can’t stress how important diet is to avoiding exacerbations. Although not inherently specific to weight loss, changing one’s diet to avoid certain problem foods is critical to avoiding flare-ups and keeping breathing clear and easy.

How to Stay on Track

Discipline is key when tackling a new diet and the feeling of hunger is a hard urge to shake. To avoid cheating, the important thing to remember is to plan ahead. Prepare your lunch in advance with everything you plan to eat throughout the day. That way when you get hungry, you’ve got COPD-friendly food at your fingertips.

 3. Exercise

5 New Year’s Resolutions to Improve Your Life

Diet and exercise go hand-in-hand in the quest for a healthier self, and for 37% of Americans, ‘staying fit’ frequently tops the list for New Year’s resolutions. Although getting to the mailbox can be difficult enough, when challenged by COPD, exercise is crucial to healthy lung function.

How to Stay on Track

In the U.S. there are 58 million people with active gym memberships, of that 58 million, 67% will never use them. That means a lack of willpower is a common sentiment across the board. The trick to staying on track is to recognize that the hardest part is just getting started. Set a goal for yourself and stick to it. Start off small where you’re comfortable and continue to push yourself. You can start now.

 2. Save Money

5 New Year’s Resolutions to Improve Your Life

Money is at the root of our lives whether we care to admit it or not. It determines where we live, how we live, and at times with whom we live with. For many, saving money or getting out of debt often tops the list of New Year’s resolutions ranking at number 2 second only to losing weight. The difficulty of achieving this goal is reducing one’s lifestyle to allow more disposable income for savings.

How to Stay on Track

Be specific. Create a budget and stick to it. Rather than saying “spend less money” cut $50 dollars off of the grocery bill. It may take changing your diet from steak to sandwiches but even pennies lost can add up to $58 million dollars at the end of the year.

1. Improve Your Quality of Life

5 New Year’s Resolutions to Improve Your Life

Although this isn’t a New Year’s resolution you’ll hear often, it’s at the heart of every one of them—the desire for positive change. For those who suffer from COPD this longing for a sense of improvement can be all-encompassing, life-changing even. But to affect quality of life for those that have COPD, it’s important to change the quality of one’s environment and routine.

How to Stay on Track

Whether it’s working to purify the air at home, build oxygen in the air naturally, or step outside for some fresh air, there are a variety of activities and tools available to make life with COPD and other lung diseases more comfortable. The trick is to start today.

A new year can either mean a new beginning or another year of the same. If you’re looking to make a profound change in your life or someone you love, the time is now. If you or a loved one suffers from COPD, or any lung disease, the Lung Institute may be able to help with a variety of stem cell treatment options. Contact us at (800) 729-3065 to find out if you qualify for stem cell therapy and Happy New Year from the Lung Institute!

Looking to make a change this year? Keep us updated on your progress! Share your thoughts and comments on our list of the 5 New Year’s Resolution’s for Improving Your Life below.

2 Comments

  1. PB

    11 months ago

    Hello Elizabeth,

    For many people, quitting smoking is very hard. Here are some tips to help you quit smoking that we hope you find helpful. You could also try joining a support group and talking with your doctor to learn more techniques.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  2. Elizabeth Brand

    12 months ago

    I just can’t quit smoking, I’ve cut down a lot but can’t seem to stop. I need help.

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