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December 31st, 2008
Health channel: Resolve to live healthier

From Central Texas Medical Center

It’s a good time to take a close look at your habits and try to improve them. You can make resolutions about work or about your family, but one of the best personal choices you can make is to improve your health.

Wellness specialists agree that there are four basic ways to make a big difference in the way you feel. If you simply make a few changes in any of these areas, you’ll be rewarded. All agree that for the best long-term success, one should start small.

“Make the changes that are easiest for you. In the end, each step gets you closer to good health,” says Heath Herrera, M. Ed., CSCS, personal trainer and wellness specialists with CTMC Wellness.

Here’s a rundown of recommended habits from Herrera and the rest of the CTMC Wellness team:

  • Improve your diet. Try to add just one serving of fruits and vegetables to your daily diet. Replace red meat with fish or chicken. Cut down on fast foods that are high in fat. CTMC has registered dietitians available to design a program for you to improve your eating habits, address a health concern, or achieve your weight management goals. For information, call 512-753-3758.
  • Move your body. Make your daily routines a bit harder on yourself. Take stairs whenever you can. Walk when you don’t need to drive. Run and play with your children. All these things count as exercise.
  • Stop smoking. Quitting is tough, but it’s the best thing you can do to feel better fast. CTMC will be offering a smoking cessation classes in 2009 to help provide information on truly kicking the habit. For more information, call 512-753-3622.
  • Get check-ups. Routine check-ups are vital for early detection of disease. Many major diseases may be present for years before they cause any symptoms. Be aware of what check-ups you need as you age.  For help locating a physician in your area, call 512-753-3603 or go to www.ctmc.org and click on “find a doctor.”

For those who are ready to make a bigger commitment to their own wellness, Herrera recommends the CTMC Fitness Boot Camp that he teaches. The six-week high-intensity camp meets three days a week at three separate times. Participants report increased endurance, strength, agility and self-esteem while also decreasing, inches, weight, stress and more. The next offering of the popular Camp is slated to begin Jan. 5.

For information about The CTMC Fitness Boot Camp, or any of the other CTMC Wellness services, please call 512-753-3622, or check it out online at www.ctmc.org.

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