As the Quad-City Times health reporter for the past eight years, I have seen many tips on keeping New Year's resolutions.

I also write, regularly, about the tips.

In addition, I keep an eagle eye out for something different (see tip below, done while brushing teeth).

We who strive to stay healthful also try various ways to achieve that, during a busy day.

Lately, I've left a pair of 5-pound weights at a prominent place in front of the TV. The idea is to work out with the weights, before, or during, time spent in front of the tube.

(Last night I prefaced the Minnesota Vikings/Green Bay Packers game with 10 minutes of hand weight-lifting. It worked well, for this Vikings fan!)

Fight the "couch potato" issue with some advice from Dr. Patricia Quinlisk, medical director of the Iowa Department of Public Health, Des Moines:

"The end of one year and beginning of another is the traditional season of resolutions and often these focus on better health (lose weight, quit smoking, exercise more, etc.). Unfortunately, these goals are often set too high, are too vague, or expect too much too soon.

"Here are five simple resolutions that can be shared for a healthier 2016:

1. Drink one glass of water before each meal – research shows this easy action increases hydration and decreases hunger.

2. Stand up at least once every hour. Sitting for long periods may be as damaging to your health as smoking.

3. Eat one fruit or vegetable with each meal — you’ll add fiber and anti-oxidants to every meal.

4. Walk for 15 minutes or more every day —an easy way to add exercise to your daily routine.

5. Stand on one foot while brushing teeth — it’s harder than it sounds! You’ll improve balance and strengthen core muscles.

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