A Resolution For Your Health

Every year it seems that when you ask somebody what their resolution is for the New Year, they often reply with losing weight or getting fit. It's an admirable goal, but many times, by March, this resolution is put on the back burner.

I believe that this resolution is more often than not put by the wayside because the goal is too lofty to achieve. Saying you want to lose 10, 20, 30 pounds sounds simple, but often it becomes unmanageable for most. If you set the bar too high, you are more likely to fail than succeed. I'm not saying to not set an end goal, but set mini goals for yourself as well, to use as stepping stones to achieve your final destination. Start with little changes that will add up to big results.

Here are some healthy resolutions to consider for 2016 if you want to make fitness and nutrition a priority.

1. Realistic Workouts - It's unrealistic to say that you are going to work out every day of the week. Set a goal that is realistic for your life and schedule. Maybe it's 3, 4, or 5 days a week. Maybe it's a half an hour work out, maybe it's an hour work out. Whatever you make it, keep it manageable so that you can hold yourself to it and not feel like you failed.

2. Healthy Food Choices - So many people will set a number of pounds for the weight they want to lose and with that comes unrealistic expectations. In turn, many people will starve themselves or drastically reduce their calories and end up binging because they are still  hungry. Instead, keep a journal of the food that you eat to hold yourself accountable. Eat until you are full and make healthy food choices. A journal is important because it helps you review your diet and where you need to make changes. Maybe you need to add more vegetables and fruits and reduce your processed foods. It might surprise you how much weight you can lose without starving yourself and just making the right food choices.

3. Get Enough Sleep - It's easier said than done, but getting to bed a little bit earlier every night can have big benefits. Not sleeping enough is linked to obesity. To maintain a healthy weight, you need to get the proper amount of sleep. Try to get at least seven hours. And, the best part is, when you work out regularly, you also sleep better. And, when you get enough sleep, you'll have more energy to exercise. Sleep is just one part of the equation to getting healthy.

4. Pick A Workout You Love - Whether it's running, spin class, Yoga, Pilates, Cross Fit, aerobics - do it because you love it. Not, because you think that's how you'll burn the most calories. Pick an activity that doesn't feel like work. Trust me, if you don't enjoy it, it's not going to last. The happier you are when you exercise, the most likely you are to continue it into the future.

5. Work on One Bad Habit At A Time - We all have a bad habit or two that we could afford to break that would make losing weight much easier. But, focus on one habit at a time. If you drink too much soda, lessen your soda and increase your water intake. If you smoke, try to cut down instead of going cold turkey. Whatever it is, work on it slowly to increase your chances of success.

Here's to a Happy and Healthy New Year and resolving to have a fitness victory in 2016!

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