What are your New Year’s Resolutions? Did you meet all of your health and fitness goals last year? If not, here are some tips on how to make a better New Year’s Resolution!
- Write down all of your goals for the upcoming year and keep them in a journal so you can reference it often. (I keep mine in my wallet so I can look at them everyone now and again).
- Make short and long term goals with an end date in mind.
- Be realistic!
- Exercise, exercise, exercise! Exercise is the key to optimal health and faster results. Plan your exercise sessions in your daily planner just like you would schedule any other appointment. That way, you can plan accordingly (bringing your workout clothes with you to work so you can hit the gym on your way home) and make exercise a priority.
- Make yourself accountable for your new goals. Enlist family or friends to help you attain those New Year’s Resolutions. And remember these are goals for the whole year, not just for January! Look over your goals every month so you can evaluate if you are on task. If you aren’t, it’s not the end of the world! Give yourself a break. Set a new goal, and you’ll be on track again in no time!
Here are some great healthy New Year’s resolution ideas!
- Avoid soft drinks and teas that are sweetened with sugar.
- Take the stairs instead of elevator.
- Exercise as soon as you come in from work.
- Park your car at opposite end of parking lot (when safe to do so).
- Get only the smallest portion sizes when eating fast foods (kid’s meals).
- Include vegetables or fruit at all meals.
- Bring your lunch four days a week.
- Walk on a break at work daily.
- Train for a local 5K race.
- Share an entrée when eating out.
- Start an exercise group with friends or colleagues (Bootcamp 101 from 6:30 to 7:30pm on Mondays and Wednesdays in the Shannon Center is a great start!)
- Go down one size in your jeans.
- Run a half or full marathon.
- Get your yearly physical.
- Learn a new sport.
- Eat only when hungry.
- Drink at least seven to nine glasses of water per day.
- Go grocery shopping once a week.
- Moderate your drinking.
- No late-night snacking.
- Try a new sport.
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Kelly Devine, MS, RD, CSSD, LDN, CPT