December: New Year's Resolutions
Here comes a brand new year!
For many of us, the New Year means it's time to look at our lives and fix what we don't like. Whether it's our diet, exercise routine, or how we manage stress, there is always room for improvement.
The problem is that we often make unrealistic goals. By making your resolutions realistic, there is greater chance that you will keep them throughout the year.
Here are some tips for New Year's resolutions:
- Start small - Make resolutions that you think you can keep. If, for example, you want to exercise more often, schedule three or four days a week at the gym instead of seven.
- Change one thing at a time - Unhealthy behaviors develop over time. Consequently, replacing unhealthy behaviors with healthy ones requires time. Trying to fix everything in your life at once can be overwhelming. Instead, work on changing one thing at a time.
- Make a commitment - Instead of just saying you're going to start exercising at the gym, be specific; commit to attending a weekly spin class or lifting weights every Tuesday and Thursday.
- Talk about it - Share your experiences with family and friends. Having someone to share your struggles and successes with makes your journey to a healthier lifestyle that much more enjoyable and less intimidating.
- Don't beat yourself up - Minor setbacks are completely normal on the journey to reaching your goals. Don't give up because you ate a brownie or skipped the gym for a week. Tell yourself it's okay and get back on track.
For more information, call one of our health coaches at 1-877-878-8785, option 2.