“This Year I’m Going To . . .”Sticking To Your New Year Resolutions
New Year resolutions nearly always involve losing weight and beginning a fitness routine. Many achieve these goals for a period of time, but few stick to them. To be successful, lifestyle changes are necessary. This can be an awesome task, yet not impossible; design a plan and a way of charting your progress.
Quitting smoking is high on the list of healthy resolutions, as smoking is associated with an increased risk of cancer, emphysema, heart disease and other disorders. Whether you use nicotine patches or attend a smoking cessation class, the implementation of your plan is the only way to be successful.
- Pick a deadline for quitting.
- Chart the amount of cigarettes you smoke daily, making a conscious effort to smoke less each new day.
Exercising is another common resolution. Regular physical activity is an aid in controlling weight, blood pressure and serum cholesterol, and has been associated with a decreased risk of heart disease, adult onset diabetes, depression and colon cancer. If you are one of those who vow to get off the couch any year now, you may not need any new messages . . . only a precise plan of action.
- Design a weekly workout schedule, choosing days and times best for you, either at home or your local YMCA or gym.
- Reward yourself with a small “gift” for each workout–only give it to yourself if you completed your workout. Your reward can be as simple as a soothing hot bubble bath, a massage or watching a movie. The important thing is to make a plan and use the incentive to stick to the plan.
- Chart your progress so you can visually see how well you have done.
If you are one of those who diet regularly for six weeks every year, then gain back every pound you lose, it is time to look for a sensible plan that promises no miracles. You need a plan based on moderate decreases in calorie intake coupled with moderate increases in physical activity. Chart your eating habits and physical activity, along with your weight and measurements. This will show you exactly how your hard work is paying off.
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