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Six Tips for a Healthy New Year

With the holidays behind us and our New Year’s resolutions in front, we’ve rounded up a few tips for a healthy and fit start to the new year (and decade)! 

Here are a few tips from the city’s Parks and Recreation Health and Wellness Supervisor Summer Kennedy.  

  • Make water your beverage of choice. Zero calories and water flushes toxins out of the body. In the winter months, we don’t always feel thirsty since it is not hot outside. Aim to consume half your weight in ounces. Try sipping warm water flavored with lemon first thing in the morning to get that extra glass in. 

  • Make half your plate fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables are lower in calories and add needed fiber to your diet. Aim for 25-30 grams of fiber per day. 

  • Track your exercise and nutrition using technology, wearables and apps. Tracking what you do will give you data that will verify your progress and hold you accountable. Make realistic exercise and weight loss goals -- and celebrate the small wins. 

  • Reduce sugar in your diet. Prediabetes is on the rise. Read labels and be aware of sugary drinks. American Heart Association guidelines for women are 6 teaspoons of sugar a day and 9 for men. The Mayo Clinic recommends only 10% of your total daily calories be sugar. 

  • Check your blood pressure. High blood pressure is called the silent killer because you may not have symptoms. New guidelines call for normal blood pressure to be less than 120 systolic and less than 80 diastolic. 

  • Move Your Way. Exercise by engaging in activity you enjoy. New exercise recommendations call for 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise per week and two days of muscle strength activity. 

Winter Fitness Sale 

Begin 2020 with Boulder's best fitness deals of the year: Choose from five Super Sale offers and save big on your New Year’s fitness resolutions. Check out our three conveniently located fitness centers offering more daily sports, fitness, yoga, pool lanes and ball courts than any other option in Boulder. Learn more: https://bouldercolorado.gov/parks-rec/recreation-centers 

Published: Jan. 7, 2020