Health Hint

Taking care of your health is one of the most important things you can do for yourself. Baylor College of Medicine experts have plenty of tips to help you stay healthy. This month’s Health Hint offers healthy tips for the New Year.

  • Sleep eight hours every night – most people need about 7 to 9 hours per night, and research links lack of sleep to weight gain.
  • Eat breakfast – skipping breakfast can contribute to weight problems.
  • Pay close attention to what you eat – consider keeping a food diary and try to increase your fruit, vegetable and fiber intake.
  • Weigh yourself at least once a week – to lose weight, cut a few calories each day and aim to lose one pound per week.
  • Get a move on – start by walking about 10 minutes per day and then gradually increasing to 30 minutes a day for five days a week. If you’re already in good shape, try walking 30 minutes a day more frequently. Brisk walking contributes to a healthy body weight and significantly increases psychological well-being. Always consult a doctor before starting a new exercise routine.
  • Seek support – find a friend to exercise with, take a class or join a walking club.
  • Don’t give up – take it one day at a time and be patient. Maintaining a healthier lifestyle is a process, not an outcome.”

Dr. John Foreyt, professor of medicine and director of the Behavioral Medicine Research Center