Resolution season is upon us with all of its great intention and motivation. I’ve already seen people posting their 2016 goals on social media sites, and heard gym conversations regarding the same. Without doubt, some version of “be healthier”, “get fit”, “lose weight” or “eat better” is top of mind for most people. The statistics say that the second only to “live life to the fullest”, some sort of healthy lifestyle change represents resolution plans for most people. Here are a 5 tips that will help you realize your goals……because healthy living should be forever, not just for a few weeks until you forgot you even made that commitment to yourself.
1. Write it down!
Make your resolution visible to yourself on a daily basis. Include a few specific details on how you plan to achieve it. This is your promise to you. Do not put a timeframe on your healthy living goal. Start now and go forever.
2. Know your why!
Are you making a lifestyle change to be a good role model for your children? Is it because you want to feel alive and energetic? Has your doctor reminded you that exercise and good nutrition matter? If you know your why—and actually care you can remind yourself on the days that get a bit tough
3. Learn how!
A healthy lifestyle requires some knowledge—and I mean more than reading “smart choice” advertisements on your food labels. Read some books, look up research on the internet, attend a seminar or hire a coach or trainer. There is a lot of misleading information out there. You need to be educated on what is true and what is marketing. If you are ready to commit to the goal, you deserve to be successful and that requires information.
4. Be realistic and balanced!
You cannot possibly make every change at one time and expect to be successful. Recognize that “lifestyle” encompasses many things that you can incorporate over time. Maybe start by joining a gym or fitness program with a commitment to attend a few times per week. A few weeks later add in some nutrition changes like remove one bad things (soda would be a great example) while adding a couple more servings of veggies to each day. When that seems normal you can start researching what your next change should be or work with a trainer to take it to the next level.
5. Keep a journal!
For the truly motivated and most successful lifestyle changes a journal will help you keep your promise as well as track your success. It’s a great place to update your goals over time.
You are the boss of this. Your resolution is your promise to yourself. As the master, you are creating the change you desire. Some will make excuses and some will make reasons – that’s your choice.
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Happy New Year!