Health & Wellness

New Year’s Resolutions That You Can Keep

By Tawnya Manion | December 28, 2012

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Health-associated goals, indeed, are sought after among individuals with New Year’s resolutions. For many people, changing their practices, especially from bad to good habits, is a challenge too hard to stick. Averseness, work demands, family commitments, and lack of energy attribute to many of the roadblocks that people experience when achieving their New Year’s resolutions. However, with a little planning this years resolutions can become life-long goals. So, if you’ve made attempts in the past to improve your health but have not succeeded, now’s your chance to make it happen and reap in the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. You can do it!

Start small and build upon a precise small goal. When people decide to go on a diet they expect a complete lifestyle change to just fit on the next morning like a new pair of jeans. People tend to take an all-or-nothing approach when resolving to lose weight.  Truly, its a set up for failure. It’s an easier change if you zero in on one habit and allow it in your life at least once a week. For example, if you are trying to cut out sweets, permit yourself to eat your favorite dessert on Saturday nights.

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Resolve to be more active. Fitness can be achieved in a variety of ways. Gyms, which can be smelly, cramped, and intimidating, are not the only places that give people the space to workout. Fitness can be achieve in your living room or just outside your door. Even celebrities know that the easiest way to start exercise is just to do it at home or outside. Trya Banks battles the bulge with three-mile jogs, Diana Ross stays in shape by doing her own housework, and Cameron Diaz surfs. Cleaning is a big stress reliever and burns 250-300 calories an hour, sports build confidence and burn approximately 400-500 calories, and a three-mile jog burns burns about 400 calories per hour.

Decide to add things to your diet. It is much easier to incorporate foods in to your diet then to take away. Observe in yourself a possible nutrient deficiency and resolve to add it to your diet with food not supplements For most women this is calcium. Watching calcium intake at every age is important, because this ensures that the bones age well and remain strong throughout life which allows for mobility as you get older. Diary products are not the only way to consume more calcium rich foods. The nondairy options include dark green vegetables, canned tuna or salmon with bones, dried beans, and calcium-fortified orange juice.

This New Year take the time to review what is important to you and how to improve your life. Ideas of what needs improvement varies, but some people have found that the simple things in life, like walking, talking to a friend, taking a bath, or meditating to be beneficial and easier to achieve. Therefore, on the first day of 2014 you can concentrate on a new health resolution instead of the same goal every year.

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