The NanoHealth Prescription for 2016


Making New Year resolutions is something we happily anticipate creating each year and then happily renounce as life resumes its normal course.

As a cardiologist and a married father of four, I firmly believe there are three changes you should incorporate permanently into your life.

I. Take a Vacation

So many of us confuse career and identity. A vacation is good to realign your identity with other avenues, recharge your batteries, gain long-term perspective, boost your creativity and increase your happiness. Medically speaking, a vacation decreases the possibility of a heart attack and increases longevity. According to the Framingham Heart Study, “Men who take regular vacations are 32 percent less likely to die of heart attacks, and 21 percent less likely to die early. And women who go on vacation have a 50 percent lower risk of heart attack.” And while there is little we can do to prevent actual aging, NOT TAKING a well-needed break can increase cortisol, the stress hormone in the body. And, according to a recent study in Biological Psychiatry, cortisol may be responsible for speeding up the aging process.

II. Make time to exercise

A Fitbit may be the popular way to validate a virtual workout. But measuring 10,000 steps daily is truly not the ultimate in exercise. While it is a good start, the best exercise routine is a formal one, based more on time and types of exercise than on the number of steps. Set your goals for an intense workout of three times a week or a more moderate one of five days a week and adjust the time from 30-45 minutes per session.

Why exercise? There are so many good reasons including improving sleep, mood, strengthen bones, reduce anxiety and improve productivity. Aerobic exercise is essential for your heart health and endurance and will definitely help you lose weight, another important New Year’s goal. Strength training increases muscle strength and endurance. Flexibility exercises improve your range of motion and posture. And if you have a chronic condition, regular exercise can help you manage symptoms and improve your health.

III. Make Time for Yourself and Your Family

Your legacy is not your job. No matter how successful you are in your business, at the end of the day, the best place to invest is your family. There are studies that indicate that social relationships, particularly close family ties, reduces stress, impacts longevity and most importantly, is the best investment of time and money…and that is an ROI to which most of us can relate.

What’s on your New Year’s resolution list?


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