It happens around midnight on December 31st every year, when we mentally resolve to make changes for the coming New Year. To stay fit and healthy, lose weight and enjoy life to the fullest are usually at the top of everyone’s list of resolutions. Other top contenders include quitting smoking, getting out of debt and getting organized. But as we transition into the New Year, many people find it’s a lot easier to make the resolutions than to actually keep them.
Ok, so what’s the problem?
Part of the problem is that we end up setting unrealistic goals. You can’t expect to start running 5 miles a day after months of living a sedentary lifestyle. The other part of the problem is staying focused. Make a realistic commitment to exercising several days each week and then focus on meeting that commitment. After a short period of time, it will become a natural part of your weekly routine.
Here are ways to help you stick to your plan.
Ok, let’s look at some was to improve the odds in your favor for sticking to your resolve to getting fit in the coming year. First, don’t make too many resolutions. Your chance for success increases if you only make one key New Year’s resolution. Another helpful tip – don’t go it alone. Get a friend to join you in your quest for getting fit and healthy.
Keep a journal Write down your goals, and follow up with notes on how you’re doing. Some people keep a food diary, and one study showed that those who did keep a food diary lost more weight than those who didn’t keep one. Measure your progress, either by weighing yourself on a regular basis or by charting how many calories you’ve cut from your diet each week. And be sure to set aside a specific time to exercise each day. This will help you stay on track and be more successful in reaching your goals.
And here’s an anti aging tip that anyone can use. Put technology to work to help you achieve your fitness goals. There are many apps and gadgets available to help track your heart rate, activity levels and even your sleep patterns. You’ll also find wearable tech items to measure how many steps you take each day, and ones that help calculate your caloric intake. And don’t overlook the websites that help you build healthy habits and increase your fitness success. They act almost like a virtual coach. Some people even create fitness groups on Facebook with their friends, checking in with them to help motivate each other.
Make healthy eating easier on you. If you’re not fond of cooking or don’t have tie to shop, consider ordering those subscription dinner boxes that come with all the ingredients and recipes you need for healthier eating. While they’re not inexpensive, the time saved can more than make up for the investment. Plus, you’ll have your meals planned for you with specific calorie levels
Good sleep is another key to good health and fitness, yet many people aren’t getting the amount of sleep they need. Looking at some of their sleeping habits will give you a clue as to why – they use their bed for everything from work to catching up on Facebook to watching TV until all hours of the night. One doctor stated that a bed is to be used for only two things: sleep, and intimacy. Everything else should be done elsewhere. Try starting the year with new sleep habits – go to bed a little earlier, and make sure the room is dark and cool. But keep in mind that difficulty sleeping may also be a symptom of a hormonal imbalance.
A healthier – and happier you!
Ok, we’ve set the stage for not only resolving to get in shape, but also keeping up your resolve and starting on your anti-aging routine. One more helpful tactic is to start rewarding yourself as you begin achieving your goals. There’s nothing better than buying some new outfits or treating yourself to a spa or massage as a way of saying, “thank you” to you for all the hard work you’ve put in. Keep up the good work, and the results will not only show – but will also last throughout the year!