SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — Now that the holidays are over, it’s time to not only trim our credit card bills, but to also trim our waistlines. It’s a fact that most of us gain some weight between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. Being unhappy with the way we look and uncomfortable in our clothes are just the tip of the iceberg. It’s the underlying problems, especially when it comes to obesity, which causes the most issues.
According to the American Heart Association, “Currently, one in three U.S. adults is obese, bringing forth a possible health toll, including high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Another third of Americans are overweight.” Therefore, it’s best to talk to your doctor and stick to the guidelines he or she recommends for your age, gender, height and weight.
In regards to your diet, eat foods that are high in fiber and low in saturated fat, like fruits and vegetables, lean meats, and low-fat milk products. Get plenty of exercise, even if it’s just taking a walk around your neighborhood. If you have underlying health problems, speak with your doctor about devising an exercise program that’s right for you.
A healthy lifestyle will help you avoid many health issues, plus it will give you the energy and stamina to accomplish everything you want to do. Everybody knows that giving up our favorite foods and adopting a more active lifestyle are tough, but the benefits are worth it.
This year, when you make that resolution to lose weight and exercise, stick to it and you will feel the difference in your body sooner that you think. And instead of visiting the doctor or hospital, go out and enjoy life.
The Scotch Plains Rescue Squad is a volunteer organization of Neighbors Helping Neighbors. With over 90 volunteers, we answer calls not only in Scotch Plains, but also in surrounding towns when needed. Besides answering calls, you will see our ambulances at many special events held in town, such as Scotch Plains Day, the Memorial Day Parade, high school football games, and the summer concerts on the Village Green. We are also available to provide demonstrations for Boys and Girls Scout troops, clubs, and other groups. In addition, we lend out wheelchairs, crutches, canes and other assorted medical equipment free of charge. Please reach out to us if there is something we can do for you. (908) 322-2103 for non-emergencies or email@example.com.