4 resolutions to help you feel younger,healthier and more energetic in 2016

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The problem with New Year's resolutions is that it can be tough to find that balance between a challenging goal and a resolution you might actually keep.

But the doctors at the Cleveland Clinic have narrowed down the list to just a few easy changes you can make that, they say, will yield real benefits in the new year.

One of the country's leading wellness experts and best-selling author, Dr. Michael Roizen, says health resolutions are the way to go.

He has some tips that will leave you feeling younger, healthier, and more energetic for the new year.

And better health 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," said Dr. Roizen.

He says those steps can be taken throughout the day, and running, swimming, even 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. Rozien 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 do the catch up sleep on the weekends - that really unbalances my sleep patterns," said Dr. rozien

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," said Dr. Rozien

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