The start of the new year brings a chance to set New Year’s resolutions. You can set up many health goals to help your body stay well all year round. Here are a few important goals to follow in 2024.

Goal #1: Eat 5 Servings of Fruits and Vegetables a Day

Fruits and vegetables have nutrients and vitamins that support your health. Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables helps keep illness away. To stay on track, try to eat five different colors of produce every day. To keep things interesting, you can buy new fruits or vegetables when you go to the grocery store. Canned and frozen fruits and vegetables count, too, and they are usually cheaper.

Goal #2: Move Your Body Every Day

Physical activity is one of the best things to do for your body and mind. For the new year, make a goal of moving your body every day. But you don’t have to go to the gym every single day. Moving your body can mean taking a walk outside. Home exercises such as sit-ups, yoga, or stretching count, too. Health experts recommend 150 minutes of moderate exercise every week.

Goal #3: Focus on Your Sleep

Sleep is very important for your health. The National Sleep Foundation recommends 7 to 9 hours of sleep every day for adults. Try to go to bed at the same time each day and wake up at the same time each day. Also, avoid drinking caffeine late in the day or drinking alcohol at night. These habits can lower your sleep quality.

Goal #4: Stay Social

It can be hard to stay social in the winter months. The days are shorter, and the weather can make it hard to travel. But it’s important to stay connected with others. This is because connecting with others can benefit your health. Make a phone call to a friend or family member or write them a letter.

Goal #5: Try a New Activity

In 2024, make a goal to learn something new. Trying a new activity can help keep your brain active, and it can also boost your mood. Sign up for an art or music class or ask a friend to join you for a new activity like paddle ball or crochet.

Goal #6: Schedule Your Annual Physical

Your primary care provider (PCP) is the person who knows your health the best. They can help keep you on track with health screenings and advice.

Starting the New Year Off Right

January is a chance to set new habits that can improve your health. Make sure to give each of the above health goals a try—you won’t regret it. The best part about your annual physical is that Jai Medical Systems offers a Healthy Reward. For 2024, the healthy reward is a Target gift card. Call your PCP to schedule your appointment today and earn your Healthy Reward