Health resolution choices for the New Year narrowed down

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.

I am still trying to decide what my New Year’s health resolution will be.  Something I can keep, but have to work and focus on.  A long-term goal with short-term steps and rewards.  I have a few in mind, and thanks for your suggestions Sagan and Judy.

I know what your are thinking, Dr. Parker.  How can I improve on perfection, but it is worth a try.

Here is what I have come up with so for (get ready for major imperfections).

  1. Exercise for 50 minutes 5 days a week.
    This includes 30 minutes of aerobics and 20 minutes of resistance training.  Most of you will poo-poo that as being so low a goal (Dr. J), but I know I will improve my health and should be able to keep it.  I have had several 13 hour workdays lately, but I am going to cut back on them so it should be more attainable.  Thirty minutes of fast walking followed by core strength, per Mark Salinas, of push-ups, sit-ups and some leg strengthening should do it.  Who knows? I might even get the incentive to hike Pike’s Peak by the end of the summer.  Two years ago I made it to the halfway point before pulling a calf muscle playing with my dog.
  2. Be more empathetic with my patients.
    It is the workers’ compensation injuries I think are faking and the drug seekers I have the most problems with.  I should work on giving them the benefit of the doubt before shooing them out of the office.  I have noticed that when I personally have to go to see a doctor, or get a test, my empathy rises significantly short-term.
  3. Narrow the focus of my magazine and website.
    I think I may have a little attention deficit because I love variety and the multiple aspects of medicine too much.  Experts, and advertisers, have told me I should hone down the information to mostly one group or speciality, such as women or men over 50, asthma, etc.
  4. Never speed while driving.
    Well, let’s make it more reasonable, like never more than 5 mph over the speed limit in town nor 10 mph on the interstate.
  5. Give less work to my magazine managing editor.
    (just kidding)

There they are.  Nothing earth shaking.   Do you have any suggestions?  Can you help me chose a more original resolution?  What is your resolution, or is it to resolve not to make one?

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One Response to “Health resolution choices for the New Year narrowed down”

  1. lhubbard Says:

    Ha (she laughs sarcastically). Number five is not funny. Not funny at all.

    Leigh Ann Hubbard
    Managing Editor
    James Hubbard’s My Family Doctor

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