5 Healthy New Year's Resolutions for Men

Experts share their thoughts on the top 5 things men can do to get healthy in the new year

By Dulce Zamora
WebMD Weight Loss Clinic - Feature

Reviewed By Michael Smith, MD

The new year is a time many men rethink their lives and make resolutions to get their health back on track. Viven Valdez is no exception.

Medical school has been a big challenge for Valdez. He has spent day and night poring over textbooks, preparing for the day when he can practice as an osteopathic doctor. In the meantime, he has neglected his own health, gaining 30 pounds since he entered the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, Penn.

"I'm usually studying, sitting on my butt for two-thirds of the day," says Valdez, a California native. "Plus, I don't get out as much since the weather in the Northeast gets so cold."

To lose weight, the 30-year-old has started jogging for 15 minutes three days a week. His New Year's resolution is to work up to a 1-mile run per day at least four times a week.

Valdez is certainly not alone in his goal of shedding pounds. About 34% of men and 26% of men make weight loss their New Year's resolution, according to a small study conducted by John C. Norcross, PhD, professor of psychology at the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania.

In his research, Norcross has found that at least 40% of adults make one or more resolutions each year, and at least two-thirds of them vow to change something unhealthy about themselves. The popular resolutions concern weight gain, inactivity, and smoking.