One of the most common New Year's resolutions is to lose weight, stay healthy or get healthy. The intention is good but it is difficult to keep. Come February, these resolutions are soon forgotten. Why is that so? The most likely reason is that the resolutions are too big and unrealistic.
So how do you improve the odds of keeping your resolution to stay healthy?
Firstly, ensure that you do just one habit at a time. One reason why most people fail to keep their resolutions is that they are trying to change too many things at a time. If you are trying to change too many habits, your mind will lose focus and you will forget what they are. Keep it simple by focusing on one habit at a time.
Habits are hard to change. So they deserve all the attention to give it the best chance for success. There are broadly two kinds of habits to focus on: exercise and diet.
Start small. Another reason why people fail to keep their resolutions is that the resolutions are too overwhelming. Take baby steps. Want to exercise? Start with just 5-10 minutes per session. Want to wake up earlier? Try just 10 minutes earlier for now.
Do a 6-week challenge. It is said that it takes roughly 6-weeks for a habit to change. Whatever habits you want to resolve, stick with it every day for 6-weeks. Post your daily progress on the wall to remind yourself of your commitment to the change.
If you are have not been exercising for months, it will be unrealistic to make a resolution of going to the gym every day and exercise for hours. Your body is not prepared for that kind of rigor. If you push your body too much, you will feel the ache and muscle pain and then your body will force you to take a few day's rest. You will feel de-motivated.
A better way to exercise is to start small and pace yourself. For example, instead of exercising every day, make it every other day. Start with a short session of 5-10 minutes. Make it less rigorous by walking around the neighborhood for 5-10 minutes. Gradually increase the pace and the time.
It is better if you stick to a certain time and make it a daily routine. For example, you can do a morning walk at a fixed time so set your alarm clock and start getting into that routine. If you prefer the evening, go for a walk/jog after work and before dinner time.
Besides power walking, you can also swim or ride a bike…whatever you prefer. As you get stronger, extend the workout and make it more difficult and challenging. From walking, you advance to jogging. From treadmill, you advance to step aerobics. From 15 minutes, you extend to 30 minutes.
For your diet, eat smaller meals, eat more fruits and veggies, and cut down on junk food and sugary drinks.
Don't be seduced by the promise of rapid weight loss scams either. They are unrealistic, a waste of money and more importantly…they can be very bad for your health. Here are some simple ways to change your eating habits and get the right nutrients every day.
Instead of snacking on candy bars and sweets, snack on fruits and raw vegetables like carrots. Replace sugary soft drinks with plain water and cut down your alcohol intake to just a few glasses of red wine per week. You don't have to be fanatical either.
The best resolution you can make is to follow a supplement regime. By taking products like Total Balance, Kiwi-Klenz and Omega 3/DHA Fish Oil every day, combined with frequent exercise and a healthy diet, you'll be well on your way to making 2012 one of your healthiest years ever!