New Year’s resolutions are a bit like babies: They’re fun to make but extremely difficult to maintain.

Each January, roughly one in three Americans resolve to better themselves in some way. A much smaller percentage of people actually make good on those resolutions. While about 75% of people stick to their goals for at least a week, less than half (46%) are still on target six months later. It’s hard to keep up the enthusiasm months after you’ve swept up the confetti, but it’s not impossible. This year, pick one of the following worthy resolutions, and stick with it. Here’s to your health.

HERE ARE DR. BHURJI’S TOP TEN NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS, ADOPTING WHICH WOULD BE BENEFICIAL FOR YOUR MIND, BODY AND SOUL.

1) LOOSE WEIGHT

The fact that this is perennially among the most popular resolutions suggests just how difficult it is to commit to. But you can Succeed if you don’t expect overnight success. Healthy eating,watching Caloric intake & Regular Physical Activity is essential. Also, plan for bumps in the road. Use a food journal to keep track of what you eat and have a support system in place. Around week four to six…people become excuse mills . That’s why it’s important to have someone there on a regular basis to get you through those rough times Smart Apps Such as My Fitness Pal can be of tremendous benefit.

2) STAY IN TOUCH

Feel like old friends (or family) have fallen by the wayside? It’s good for your health to reconnect with them. Research suggests people with strong social ties live longer than those who don’t. In fact, a lack of social bonds can damage your health as much as alcohol abuse and smoking, and even more than obesity and lack of exercise. In a technology-fixated era, it’s never been easier to stay in touch—or rejuvenate your relationship—with friends and family, so fire up Facebook , watsapp , and follow up with in-person visits.

3) QUIT SMOKING

Fear that you’ve failed too many times to try again? Talk to any ex-smoker, and you’ll see that multiple attempts are often the path to success. Try different Methods to find out what works. And think about the Health benefits & the cash you’ll save! (We know you know the ginormous health benefit.) Talk to your Doctor Nicorette & other new modalities would be of help.

4) SAVE MONEY

A penny Saved is a Penny earned. Save money by making healthy lifestyle changes. Walk or ride your bike to work, or explore carpooling. (That means more money in your pocket and less air pollution.) Cut back on gym membership costs by exercising at home. Many fitness programs on videogame systems like Nintendo’s Wii and Microsoft’s Xbox Kinect can get you sweating. Take stock of what you have in the fridge and make a grocery list. Aimless supermarket shopping can lead to poor choices for your diet and wallet.

5) CUT YOUR STRESS

A little pressure now and again won’t kill us; in fact, short bouts of stress give us an energy boost. But if stress is chronic, it can increase your risk of—or worsen—Insomnia, Depression , obesity, Heart Disease and more. Long work hours, little sleep, no exercise, poor diet, and not spending time with family and friends can contribute to stress. “Stress is an inevitable part of life,”. “Relaxation, sleep, socializing, and taking vacations are all things we tell ourselves we deserve but don’t allow ourselves to have.”

Dr. Pargat Singh Bhurji

MD,FRCP ( C ) Consultant Pediatrician Surrery BC