STAYING FIT AND HEALTHY DURING THE HOLIDAYS

With the holidays coming up, the highlight for many people during this season is gathering with family and friends and enjoying favorite holiday treats. Here are some tips that will help you enjoy your holidays to the fullest while not increasing your waistline.

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MAKING AND KEEPING NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS

Only 8 percent of individuals achieved their resolutions in 2016, according to Statistic Brain. This is likely due to most people having unrealistic expectations about the speed, ease and consequences of the resolutions they make. People attempting self-change rarely succeed the first time; most need five or six attempts, according to a paper published in American Psychologist by Janet Polivy and Peter Herman. The authors suggest false hope syndrome is the cause for failure.

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HEALTHY HOLIDAY OPTIONS

The holidays are a wonderful time to gather with family and friends to celebrate. These celebrations often consist of many delicious treats and hardy meals. You can still maintain a healthy diet with a little thought and planning in advance. Research from a recent Web-based survey found 18 percent of people feel they cannot eat healthily during the holidays because they don’t want to miss out on their favorite foods. You can still eat the foods you enjoy this season, just in moderation.

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like a sharp pain or ache. But some men experience no chest pain at all. Diabetics can have heart attacks without feeling pain. The pain may be felt behind the sternum or to the left of it, and the discomfort may stretch from one underarm to the other.


• Shortness of breath. If you find yourself running out of breath after mild exertion or no exertion at all, you need to pay attention. Shortness of breath is a symptom that must be taken seriously.


• Anxiety and a racing pulse. Anxiety can occur for no reason, though men with anxious feelings may also find their pulses accelerating. This could lead to the heart skipping a beat, which, when coupled with chest pain, shortness of breath and feeling weak, could indicate real trouble.


• Upper-body aches and pains. You may experience pain running down one or both arms, below the chest or up in the neck and jaw. Some men report these pains start in the chest and radiate outwards.

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), more than one in three adult men has heart disease. Men around the age of 55 years are more likely than women to experience a heart attack.


Men often ignore the symptoms of a heart attack because they are uncertain about what they are feeling and don’t want to be embarrassed by a simple diagnosis, such as heartburn. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 50 percent of men who die from coronary heart disease did not know they had a heart attack because of a lack of symptoms. So it is essential for men to understand the signs and symptoms of a heart attack. These include:


• Chest pain. Chest discomfort is the most common heart attack symptom, but the nature of chest pain varies from one man to another. It can come on fast or slow; it can come and go or last for more than a few minutes. In a study published in the American Journal of Critical Care in 2008, men reported more severe chest pain than women. Most men say their symptoms occurred due to exertion. For some, the heart attack could feel like tightness in the chest, as though someone is pulling a rope around them, while for others it could be a sensation of the heart being squeezed. Some heart attack survivors described their symptoms as pressure on the chest, as if something was sitting on the middle of their chest. In other cases, survivors said it felt

HEART ATTACK AND MEN

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• Other signs. Cold sweats, dizziness and light-headedness or feeling sick to your stomach can all be potential signs of a heart attack. The dizziness could be strong enough to make you faint.


You may not have any of these symptoms or you may have them all. Heart attacks are tough to self-diagnose, so men who experience some of these symptoms should seek emergency medical help immediately. Ask your doctor if chewing an aspirin is advisable if heart attack symptoms develop. This may help prevent a blood clot from forming in your heart or keeps the clot from getting bigger. A study published in the Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing in 2010 found most men wait six hours before calling 911 when having heart attack symptoms. That is far too late. The faster you get to a hospital, the better your outcome will be. Don’t delay.


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•  Marshfield Clinic (www.marshfieldclinic.org)

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•  University Health News (www.universityhealthnews.com)

•  WebMd (www.webmd.com)