“Quick. Where’s the nearest Emergency Room?”
When New Year’s Resolutions Go Wrong
Happy New Year! Are you one of the 45 percent of Americans who make a resolution every year? Good for you on making the commitment to improve your health, wealth, well-being, relationships, home or whatever your goal is for 2016. Just remember to make a plan and pace yourself. Otherwise, that road paved with good intentions can sometimes lead straight to the emergency room.
Here’s a quick look at a few of the top resolutions and where people go wrong. It may also help to explain why only 8 percent of people who make resolutions actually achieve them.
1. Losing weight
This is consistently at the top of the list for New Year’s resolutions. But pushing an unconditioned body too hard, too fast can result in muscle strains, painful joint injuries, even sudden heart attacks. Meanwhile, for some people, especially those with digestive health or chronic metabolic conditions, jumping on a drastic or fad diet bandwagon or using unsubstantiated diet supplements could produce unintended, serious side effects including abdominal pain, high blood pressure, heart palpitations or trouble breathing.
So before you start using that new home gym equipment or the latest “diet” drink or pill everyone is talking about on the Internet, ask your doctor for an exercise or diet program. At the very least, spring for a couple sessions with a professional trainer to be sure you are using the equipment and doing exercises correctly, or make an appointment with a nutritionist to help you choose a proven, sensible eating plan.
2. Getting organized
Taking on sizable home-improvement projects is another top resolution that can land do-it-yourselfers in the ER. Anything that involves sharp tools, ladders, toxic chemicals or heavy lifting is fraught with potential hazards including deep cuts, broken bones, pulled or torn muscles, chemical burns and respiratory problems, or overexertion leading to stroke or heart attack.
Be sure to dress properly for the work. That includes using safety goggles, gloves and respirators around paints and adhesives. Know how to correctly use, clean and store power tools, and have a helper whenever you’re using a ladder or lifting heavy materials.
3. Enjoy life to the fullest
For some people, that may mean traveling to exotic destinations. For others, this may be the year to take up an extreme sport like skydiving or motocross. Even if it just means spending more time with friends or family in your own back yard, unintended injury and illness can happen anytime.
Whatever your New Year’s resolution, congratulations on your determination and best wishes for your success.
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This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.