Make the New Year Healthier with a Sensible Approach

By Neil Doyle

Over a week into the new year and some people may be struggling or are trying to start a healthier lifestyle.

OSF St. James Wellness Coordinator Matt Janus told WJEZ’s Todd Wineburner before starting an exercise routine you should check with your doctor if you have any health concerns.

“Especially if your somebody that has diabetes or a cardiac issue, it’s a good idea to check with your doctor before you start an exercise routine,” said Janus.

He said the easiest way to include more exercise is to walk for 15 to 30 minutes several days a week.

One hard part about being more active is staying motivated.

“Try to remember that it is not going to be an instantaneous process,” said Janus. “Lifestyle change and changes to your body and health are something that is going to happen through consistency and making those small changes over time that will add up to a lot.”

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