Make a New Year's resolution to move more in 2018

Abigail Gibson

PIKEVILLE — Getting in better shape is one of the most common New Year's resolutions people make each year, but many have a hard time following through.


Routine exercise is one of the keys to a healthy life. When paired with a healthy diet, regular exercise can promote long-term health and reduce a person's risk for conditions and diseases, including diabetes, heart disease and stroke.


While many adults are aware of the importance of routine exercise, finding time to break a sweat can be difficult.


Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) helps community members and PMC employee's transition into living a healthier lifestyle through Health Management Resources (HMR) program.


"HMR has been successfully helping people lose weight since 1983. HMR offers healthy lifestyle education, weekly support, long term weight and health management, nutritious and low-calorie foods," Sierra Fleming PMC HMR Operational Specialist said. "With these things, hundreds of recipes and exercise, you are guaranteed to be on your way to a healthier you."


Fleming said in just one year their clinic alone has a weight loss total of 3,000 pounds, with some individual patients reaching 100+ pounds of weight loss.


"We tell our patients that the key to staying on track with your healthy lifestyle is to keep track of your activity. You don't necessarily have to spend an hour every day exercising, it can be broken up into 10 or 15 minute increments," she said. "It's all about making the mindful decisions to park farther away from your office, or to take the steps instead of the elevator."


Those looking to get in shape this year, should set a realistic goal and think about what physical activity they enjoy doing.


Mayo Clinic offers tips to make it easier to stick to a resolution to get in shape:


• Complete exercises and workouts you enjoy


• Be realistic about your time commitment


• Start from a place where you can build success, you can always add more


• Be honest with yourself


• If it isn't a feasible goal, your chances of achieving it are slim


Between hectic schedules, work and family it can be difficult to find time to exercise.


Working out in the early morning or going for a run before starting your day, can help men and women get their daily workout in.


Below are a few simple strategies that can help make your morning workout a reality:


• Prepare the night before


• Set your alarm earlier than you intend to wake up


• Get a good night's sleep


Many adults struggle to find time for daily exercise, but early morning might be the best time to break a sweat for busy men and women.