IN knows New Year’s Resolutions are hard to keep. Heck, we’ve had the same one—get rich quick—for 11 years and counting. However, you’re not alone on your journey. Local experts are here to help you achieve your goals for the New Year and to help you all along the way. You’ve got the whole year ahead of you. Here’s to achieving all of your New Year’s Resolutions. We’ll still keep working at getting rich.
Resolution: To make fitness and exercise a priority
We all have good intentions, but we’re not perfect. What are some New Year’s Resolution pitfalls regarding fitness people should avoid?
“Forget about New Year’s resolutions. They’re a waste of time, and we almost always break them and then feel lousy because we do. Do the best you can, when you can, and as much as you can. And do it all for somebody else, not yourself.”
—Nancy LaNasa, Abhaya Yoga Center
“When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, the biggest pitfalls regarding fitness that people should avoid include setting unrealistic goals, as well as lack of variety in an exercise routine. As far as goals, you always should remember where you are starting. You must set realistic goals so that you do not get discouraged. When it comes to variety, you have to incorporate variety in order to see results. Going out and doing the exact same exercises every day is not going to produce very good results. Find things that you enjoy and incorporate them into your exercise routine.”—Kenzie Presnell, Fixed on Fitness
Resolution: To invest more in me!
We’re worth it! What are some tips for those of us looking to upgrade ourselves in the New Year?
“Small changes, like eliminating lines and wrinkles, having glowing skin, or losing those extra holiday pounds can go a long way to helping you look and feel your best in the New Year. The Skin Care Center at Gulf Coast Plastic Surgery offers the latest in injectables like Botox, Restylane and Juvederm that literally erase wrinkles. Facials using medical-grade products will give the skin a radiant glow. Laser treatment such as IPL and Fractional Skin Resurfacing will undo sun damage and age spots. The Weight Loss Clinic, directed by Shannon Caluda, M.D., offers effective weight loss designed to address each patient’s individual concerns. The Skin Care Center also offers permanent makeup by Trinkette, body treatments, sunless tanning and massage therapy.”
—Gulf Coast Plastic Surgery
“Get rid of those brown spots that have been bugging you all year. Start the New Year with clear skin. Get IPL or fractional CO2 resurfacing. It seems like everyone is getting Botox. Maybe it is time for you to try it. There is a reason so many people keep getting it. Try it! Maybe the New Year is the right time to get on a new skin care regimen. Consider SkinMedica. Real science, with the highest available percentage of skin growth factors.”—Dr. Kevin Welch, The Skin Care Center, Medical Center Clinic
“Too many people wait until they are “drowning” to seek help. Our mission at Escape Wellness Spa is to catch you BEFORE you fall in. Stress takes its toll on the body, mind and spirit in many ways. From chronic pain to skin disorders, lay your burdens down at Escape Wellness Spa and leave feeling refreshed, renewed and revived. Put your best face forward by treating your skin to the ultimate care with our being TRUE facials and cosmetics. We will help you look and feel your best. Call us at 478-2273 and let us help you escape and feel better!”—Escape Wellness Spa
“Most of us with hectic schedules are trying to squeeze 30 hours into a 24-hour day. The body needs rest to build immunity, heal, and reduce stress. Most New Year’s resolutions require us to quit something we desire (but is bad for us) or add an activity to our already busy schedule. Why not add something that feels good but adds health and peace to your week? Any type of spa treatment can allow you to pause, refresh and heal. Massage has been shown to increase endorphins, which make us feel euphoric and refreshed.”—Mary Anne Aanestad, Still Waters Day & Medical Spa
“Gulf Coast Plastic Surgery is proud to offer the region’s best in surgical and non-surgical procedures to help you reach your goal of looking great in 2011. If you have considered body contouring (liposuction), breast enhancement surgery or a tummy tuck, now is the time to come in and talk to Dr. Peter Butler or Dr. Jocelyn Leveque. Both are board-certified plastic surgeons and have achieved national recognition for excellence in the field of cosmetic surgery. The caring team of professionals at Gulf Coast Plastic Surgery can answer all your questions, including financing options, and help you decide if plastic surgery is right for you. By having your surgery now, you will be ready to hit the beach by spring.”
—Gulf Coast Plastic Surgery
“Confidence in our appearance can affect all areas of our lives. Making new friends, dating or asking for a promotion at work can seem less difficult if we are not concerned with how we look. Why not invest in the one area that everyone sees: your face? Still Waters offers many options to improve your natural beauty and even reduce visible aging: IPL for aging and acne, light to moderate chemical peels, microdermabrasion and even Botox and fillers for those irritating wrinkles!”—Mary Anne Aanestad, Still Waters Day & Medical Spa
Resolution: To make my overall health and wellness a priority
What are some tips for those of us looking to focus on our overall health and wellness in the New Year?
“My specialty is stress reduction. More studies are showing the relationship with stress and overall health and well being, especially the cortisol connection. The body is its own healer, but sometimes it needs a kick start and some support. That is the beauty of acupuncture. The reason it can treat so many health issues is that it simply stimulates the body to do its own healing.”—Bonnie McLean, O.M.D., A.P., R.N.
“Get your testosterone levels checked. Ensuring your testosterone levels are correct can help a man maintain low body fat and provide a higher energy level.”—Dr. Charles Yowell, Baptist Medical Group
“West Florida Healthcare is proud to offer our free 24/7 physician referral/health information/class registration services: Consult-A-Nurse. And, at westfloridahospital.com, you have instant access to an entire library of valuable health information. Another community service from West Florida Healthcare is iTriage, which provides access to medical information on over 300 symptoms, profiles of local physicians and more from your computer or web-enabled smart phone (download free from the iTunes app store or visit itriagehealth.com). We also host a full range of health-related support groups every month. Call 494-3212 for more details.”—West Florida Healthcare
“I recommend eye exams every two years for healthy patients and yearly for those with medical disorders like high blood pressure or diabetes. We also recommend wearing sunglasses when outside to protect your eyes from the UV rays in this ‘Sunshine State’.”—Dr. Jennifer Murray, Medical Center Clinic
“Healthy choices are the cornerstone of wellness. Proper maintenance is crucial. At Pensacola Wellness Solutions, fine tuning of hormones is one way of getting the best performance out of the machine. It is about looking good, feeling good and being healthy.”—Dr. Ken Mitchell, Pensacola Wellness Solutions
“Gone are the days of waiting months for an appointment with a physician. Many family medicine practices like mine offer convenient, open access hours where you can walk in and be seen right away or call for a same-day appointment. There’s no excuse to put off seeing a doctor for an ailment, issue or lagging concern you may have. Come on in, we’re here to help.” Dr. John Molyneaux, Baptist Medical Group, Navarre
“The first step to good health is to have a primary care physician and to know your family’s health history. Is there a history of heart disease? Breast cancer? Colon cancer? Diabetes? Regular check-ups can catch these early, when these diseases are more amenable to treatment.”
—Sacred Heart Health System
“Mark your calendar for healthy living expos where health experts are on-hand to inform you about proper health and wellness.”—Dr. Ole Oleson, Baptist Walk-In Care
“Hypnosis is a powerful tool in the creation of a healthy, fulfilling, dynamic life. By changing the way we think about ourselves and the world, we can permanently transform toxic habits into healthy ones. Anything else is merely a temporary fix of the symptoms, not the cause.”
—Susan Dunlop, M.A., C.H.T., A Luminous Life Hypnotherapy
“I encourage all of my patients to walk daily, keep as active as possible, eat as healthy as they can, and laugh out loud every day.”—Dr. Sangeeta Patil, Baptist Medical Group
Resolution: To update my look! It’s not 1994 anymore.
What are some tips for those of us wanting to update our tired tresses?
“Update your style in the New Year with a Keratin treatment by Coppola to rejuvenate, revitalize, refresh and defrizz your new look, whether it be a cut or color. Sass it up with a chignon bun, frame your face with “Balayage,” or take the plunge and cut a heavy “Fringe” for the winter months.—Brittany and Hurst, VolumeONE
Resolution: To quit smoking
What are some tips for those of us looking to nix this bad habit in the New Year?
“Quitting smoking is vital to good health. The benefits of quitting smoking are immediate and multiply over time. Free smoking-cessation classes are offered at all three Sacred Heart Hospitals from Pensacola to Miramar Beach to Port St. Joe. Those aged 55+ can take advantage of free health screenings at the SENIORSpirit! Health Fair on Jan. 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Sacred Heart Conference Center on Ninth Avenue. For more information about Sacred Heart Medical Group physicians and Sacred Heart Health System services, visit sacred-heart.org.”—Sacred Heart Health System
“If you smoke cigarettes, seek help from a primary care physician who can offer you assistance in smoking cessation. If you stop smoking, your health and the health of those around you will be better for it.”—Dr. Sangeeta Patil, Baptist Medical Group
Resolution: To lose weight
What are some tips for those of us looking to finally win the Battle of the Bulge in the New Year?
“Many times we make the decision to lose weight for the New Year, but following through can be very difficult. Deciding on when to start is one of those obstacles. The longer we procrastinate, the lesser the chance of us making it happen. Another obstacle is the concern for cost. Adding weight over the years is not inexpensive in itself, however. We found that most of our clients were saving money because they were eating out less, were able to shop in their closets and often were able to reduce their prescription costs. The biggest pitfall probably is getting discouraged. It is hard to do it alone. Dieting with a diet partner or even in a weight loss program with supportive staff is very important. Also, setting achievable goals and having your results measured in more ways than just weight is essential. Body measurements, bioelectric impedance analysis and blood pressure and blood sugar checks are also indicators of weight loss success.”—Rika Edge, Physician’s WEIGHT LOSS Centers
“Weight loss is the number one New Year’s resolution. It is also one of the resolutions with the top failure rate. Weight loss can be slow in the beginning, but adding a treatment that produces results with a modest price can give someone the motivation to keep up with their diet or exercise. Still Waters Slim Wrap can reduce circumferential measurements to give you that extra reward. This full body wrap uses compression, minerals and steam to slim each area.”
—Mary Anne Aanestad, Still Waters Day & Medical Spa