1. Throw a Party
Research shows that people with a consistent, active social life are less likely to experience a decline in the ability to reason and remember.
2. Adopt a Pet
People who own pets have healthier hearts and make fewer visits to the doctor. During times of stress, a pet can lower blood pressure.
3. Choose Chocolate
Dark chocolate is rich in flavonoids, which help cells resist damage that may contribute to cancer, lower blood pressure and improve blood flow to the brain and heart. Eat dark chocolate that contains at least 70 percent cacao and limit yourself to no more than an ounce a day.
4. Drink Coffee Daily
Coffee — regular or decaf — appears to lower the risk of dying from chronic illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease; caffeinated coffee may protect against skin cancer, liver damage, type 2 diabetes and Parkinson’s. Three cups a day also may protect against Alzheimer’s.
5. Raise a Glass
A glass of red or white wine is heart-healthy, but new research says beer, too, is good for the heart. Both drinks also protect against diabetes and some cancer. But limit it to one glass a day for women, two for men.
6. Listen to Music
Your favorite music may be good for your heart, help with sound sleep, boosts mood and reduces anxiety. Patients feel less pain and need less pain medication after surgery if they listen to music while recuperating, research shows.
7. And One More Thing….
Living a healthy life has a lot to do with living an enjoyable life, says Richard Stein, M.D., of the New York University School of Medicine. So enjoy doing those things you love.
There are many other great suggestions for fun and effective New Year Resolutions. Visit aarp.org to read more of this blog.