ASK DRS. OZ & ROIZEN: New experiences boost your health

King Features SyndicateJanuary 11, 2014 

Q: I feel like my life is the same old, same old. I want to get in better shape and eat better, but I get psyched-up for a few days and then lose steam. I need to shake things up. Any advice on how to make changes that stick?

BARRY D., Calgary, Canada

A: Barry, sounds like you're ready to make changes - that's a big first step. The next step? We think you'll have good luck making things stick if you have fun.

Try to find a buddy who wants to join you in your pursuit of new experiences and better health: Hardly anyone can sustain important changes alone. But if you can't recruit a buddy right away, get started by yourself.

• New Tastes: Discovering new flavors is a major step toward a healthier diet (that works best for long-term, permanent weight loss). Fatty, sweet, processed foods dull your taste buds and make you crave more of those same old, same old. Just what you want to stop doing.

You can learn to enjoy new foods one adventurous bite at a time. Try a new food experience (Indian, Japanese, Mexican) at least once a week.

• New Activities: Enjoy some that you haven't tried before. Go to Sharecare.com and build a walking program! If you're already a walker, sign up for ballroom dancing lessons, snowshoeing treks or a new gym.

• New Sights: Try a photo field trip of local architecture or explore a museum. Traveling to another city could be part of this adventure.

Mehmet Oz, M.D., is host of "The Dr. Oz Show," and Mike Roizen, M.D., is chief medical officer at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute. To live your healthiest, visit sharecare.com. Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.

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