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Simple Resolutions Can Be Easier to Maintain
01/18/2013

PLANO, Texas — For many, a new year represents a blank slate where many goals are set and resolutions planned. But too often setting lofty resolutions actually sets a person up for failure.

It’s much easier to make simple changes to a routine slowly. Rather than going from being sedentary to setting a goal to run five miles, try jogging three times a week for 30 minutes. If dietary changes are planned, don’t aim to go vegan if you don’t eat many vegetables now. Adding an extra fruit or vegetable to each meal may be a more reasonable goal.

“Whatever your goals it’s important to make them attainable so that you won’t get frustrated and give up,” said Dr. Humera Ahmed, a physician on the medical staff at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano. “I’d rather people consistently exercise or add a fruit or vegetable to each meal through the year, than to work out so hard they burn out in a matter of weeks. Simple changes really are the most effective at working and improving an individual’s overall well-being.”

To help, Texas Health Resources has launched TexasHealth.org/Well-Being. The site offers a free daily email reminder with a simple task to complete. It could be something as easy as think of one word to describe how you want your day to be to completing 10 quick stretches. The idea is that it can be done in less than five minutes a day and yet still improve well-being. The site also includes healthy recipes and other resources.

About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano is a 368-bed acute care hospital and recognized clinical program leader, providing technologically advanced care to Plano and surrounding areas since 1991. The hospital’s services include orthopedics, cardiovascular services, oncology, pediatrics and women’s services. An affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, Texas Health Plano has more than 1,600 employees and 1,200 physicians on the medical staff. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL (1-877-847-9355) or visit TexasHealth.org/Plano.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health systems in the United States. The health system includes 24 acute care and short-stay hospitals that are owned, operated, joint-ventured or affiliated with Texas Health Resources. It includes the Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Arlington Memorial and Texas Health Harris Methodist hospitals, a large physician group, outpatient facilities, and home health, preventive and fitness services, and an organization for medical research and education.

For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL (1-877-847-9355), or visit TexasHealth.org.

Doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospital.

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