A Fresh Start
If you've ever made New Year's resolutions, you know that that they can be hard to keep. Surveys show that many people like to make resolutions about their health. Whether that's losing some weight, eating healthier or getting more exercise, it can be challenging. Here are 5 tips to help you get started with making the most of your New Year's resolutions to live healthier in 2016.
1. Be Realistic
The surest way to attaining any goal is to make sure that it is realistic. For instance, resolving to NEVER eat your favorite food again is setting you up to fail. Instead, strive for a goal that is attainable, such as limiting the amount of times you eat fast food.
2. Plan Ahead
If you wait until the last minute to make your resolutions, they will be based on your mindset that particular day. Don't make your resolution on New Year's Eve. Even if you haven't already made them, it's not too late.
3. Outline Your Plan
Decide how you will deal with the temptation to skip that exercise class or have that extra helping of lasagna. This could include calling on a friend for help, practicing positive thinking, or having a back up plan.
4. Make a “Pros” and “Cons” List
It helps to see a list of items on paper to keep your motivation strong. Develop this list over time. Keep your list with you and refer to it when you need help keeping your resolve.
5. Reward Yourself
This doesn't mean that you can eat an entire box of chocolates if your resolution is to eat a better diet. Instead, celebrate your success by treating yourself to something you enjoy that doesn't contradict your resolution. For example, if you've been sticking to your promise to eat better, reward yourself with new fitness clothing or by going to a movie with a friend.
Remember: never despair, even if you have totally run out of steam when it comes to keeping your resolution by mid-February. The key to achieving goals is to never quit - just recommit and you will get back on track.