It’s that time of year again! New Year’s Eve is just around the corner, and while your outfit for a night out or your plans for a quiet night in might be at the forefront of your mind, you should also be thinking about making a traditional New Year’s resolution. Resolutions come in many forms and while you might not usually make one, you could better your health by doing so. With endless possibilities it can be difficult to decide what to choose, and equally difficult to follow through on. This year, make a resolution but don’t pressure yourself with more than one. Many people fail to follow through because they’ve taken on too much at once. So tackle just one of the following 10 new year’s resolutions for better health to improve your life both physically and mentally…
1. Quit Smoking
Probably one of the most common New Year’s resolutions is to quit smoking, and given how difficult it can be to completely kick the habit, it’s a resolution that many don’t succeed at. But it’s a good resolution to make, even if you’ve failed before. Smoking is an extremely addictive habit, with the risk of deadly cancers and other health complications. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States”, causing more than 480,000 deaths per year, a frightening number considering it’s preventable.
The CDC says that cigarette smoking not only increases your risk of lung cancer, but it causes about 90 percent of lung cancer deaths. On top of this, it also increases the risk of heart disease, stroke, and several other types of cancers including bladder, cervix, esophagus, blood, stomach and pancreas. And if those health risks don’t scare you enough, smoking is an expensive habit. The financial toll affects both the present cost of the habit and future medical services and treatment. So pack it in this year and kick this deadly habit to the curb.