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Top 5 new year's resolutions

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Top 5 new year's resolutions

Do you make new year's resolutions? Will you be making any this year? I rarely do, but this year I've decided to commit to taking my dog out for longer walks, no matter what the weather is like. We'll both benefit from that. Perhaps you're looking for some inspiration for your new year's resolutions. Find a list below of the top 5 new year's resolutions for 2012! [caption id="attachment_2139" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="2012 will be the year of the long dog walk! It'll be good for me and my pooch."] 2012 will be the year of the long dog walk! It'll be good for me and my pooch.[/caption] 1. Quit smoking Health Canada estimates that smoking is related to over two dozen diseases and conditions. It is also the leading causes of preventable deaths. There's no time like the present to give up this addictive habit. Here are some tips on how to quit smoking. 2. Go on a half hour walk every day Dr. Mike Evans got a lot of attention last week for his clever YouTube video called 23 and 1/2 hours: What's the single best thing we can do for our health? And do you want to know what that single best thing is? It's so simple! It was in front of our faces all along! Go on a half hour walk every single day. In his video, Dr. Evans lists the myriad of health benefits walking has, including a reduced chance of dimentia and Alzheimer's by 50 per cent, reduction in anxiety by 48 per cent, reduced symptoms of depression by 30 per cent, and is the number one treatment for fatigue. Pretty amazing, right? His video is a must-see. You can watch it here. 3. Cut back on your sodium intake Us Canadians consume over 3,400 mg of sodium a day, and that is more than double the amount we need. Too much sodium can lead to high blood pressure, risk of stroke, kidney disease and heart disease. Now's the time to cut back on your sodium intake. One easy way is to reduce the amount of processed food you eat, where, according to Health Canada, more than 75 per cent of the sodium we consume is found. 4. Wean yourself off relationships with toxic friends Toxic relationships do nothing but make you feel bad about yourself, and who needs that? Put your own personal health first and start spending less time with the people who make you miserable, and more time with the people who make you feel happy and loved. 5. Join our 6-Week Slim-Down Start the new year off right with Canadian Living's 6-Week Slim-Down program. You'll get weight loss advice, nutrition tips, fun workout videos and healthy recipes delivered to your inbox every Monday for six week! Plus, you could win a fabulous prize pack containing $100 in President's Choice gift cards, $100 worth of President's Choice Blue Menu products and a Nike+ SportBand valued at $80, simply by signing up. Take charge of your health and sign up today. What's your new year's resolution?
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