Medwatch-Tips for a healthy 2016

Medwatch-Tips for a healthy 2016

(CNN) -If you're stressing over New Year's resolutions for 2016, fret no more! Dr. Michael Roizen, one of the country's leading wellness experts and best-selling author, says health resolutions are the way to go. Here are his top tips that'll leave you feeling younger, healthier and more energetic in the new year.

Looking for a prescription for better health in the new year? According to Cleveland Clinic's Dr. Michael Roizen, a healthier you is just steps away.

"10,000 steps a day is wonderful, because it decreases your insulin resistance, it gets glucose going into your cells, it gets you more energetic and it keeps you in healthy shape," Dr. Roizen said.

Dr. Roizen says those steps can be taken throughout the day and running, swimming and even active gardening counts.

Another resolution that will boost your health is going to bed an hour earlier. Most of us aren't getting enough sleep and lack of sleep is associated with increased risk of heart disease and stroke. Research suggests getting more sleep may even lower blood pressure, and Dr. Roizen says you'll feel better, too.

"Going to bed an hour earlier gets me all the sleep I need. So, instead of feeling tired when I wake up, I'm energized and then I don't have to catch up sleep on the weekends. That really unbalances my sleep patterns," Dr. Roizen said.

Next, toss out that to-do list and create a 'stop-do' list.

"On the stop list I put things that waste my time at work or at home, so things that don't get me to be able to help you, my goal at work, or to be able to help myself in getting efficient," Dr. Roizen said.

Dr. Roizen says the 'stop-do' list can help you stop taking on new things, which leaves time for what you really need to accomplish, meaning less stress and a greater sense of fulfillment.

Dr. Roizen leaves us with one more quick resolution. For a healthier 2016, vow not to eat after 8:30 p.m. You'll cut down on calories, sleep better and feel more energetic in the morning.

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