Manyofus are probably still stuffed from allthe holiday eating we did,but 2020 is officially in full swing, start the New Year off right!

Holiday treats are usually full of addedsugarandsodiumthat can be harmful to your health if you aren’t mindful of your consumption.

Here are sometips for eating healthythat can help reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke and lots of other things you’d rather avoid.

Cold weather can make it easy to become a couch potato preventing us from getting outsideand gettingactive. Check out these tips onHow to Stay Active in Cold Weatherand ourInfographic – Warm Up with Cool-Weather Workouts.

And… don’t forget to drink water when exercising in cooler weather. Thirst isn’t the best indicator that you need to drink, and just because you aren’t sweating as much doesn’t mean you don’t need to still hydrate.

5 tips to Lose Weight and Keep It Off :

  1. Set realistic goals.
  2. Understand how much and why you eat.
  3. Manage portion sizes.
  4. Make smart choices.
  5. Be physically active.
Making resolutions is easy, but like most things in life, consistently follow-through is what creates results and sustains positive change.

Get moving!Here are some tips to help you stick with your physical activity goals after New Year’s resolutions begin to fade and old habits resume:

Tap into what motivated you in the first place.

The health benefits of regular physical activity are too great to overlook. Regular activity may help lower your risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and certain cancers. It’s a great way to deal with stress. And staying active can boost energy, mood, and overall wellbeing. Make a list of the benefits that matter most to you and keep it where you can review it often.

Set realistic goals and plan how you’ll meet them.

Keep it real by taking small, sustainable steps. For example, a plan to achieve the goal of being active on most days of the week may start withwalking20 minutes a day, 3 days a week and gradually build up to 30 minutes, 5 days a week. Track your progress with a journal, website or mobile app.

Share your goals and plan.

Going public with friends and family members can give you a social support system and keep you on track when you feel tempted to quit. And you may find a workout buddy with similar goals.

Have a backup plan.

Be ready to go to “Plan B” when life happens! If you prefer to exercise outdoors, find an indoor location like a mall or recreation center as an alternative in bad weather.Fit in some extra stepswhen work gets in the way of your workout. Orcreate an at-home workoutfor when you just can’t make it to the gym.

Understand that lapses and setbacks are normal.

The key is to not get discouraged. Just jump back in and try to learn from whatever got off your track. Real change takes time. Your efforts will pay off with patience and persistence.

David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...