Keeping New Year’s Resolutions
By this time of year, most of us have forgotten about our New Year’s Resolutions we made. Healthy promises to ourselves go unfulfilled and we step back into the same routine we had before we made the resolution. In fact, nearly half of all Americans make resolutions each year, yet less than 10 percent stick to those resolutions by the end of the year. Don’t worry – there are ways we can get back on track and stay there. It just takes a little mental adjusting and willpower.
Remember Why You Started
Remembering the beginning of your journey and the reasons you committed yourself to that resolution can be an easy way to motivate yourself again. It could be a vacation, big event, your first 5k, or maybe you want to get healthy for your own longevity and wellbeing.
Our health is important and without it, the energy to pursue your passions might be stunted. Whether you want to look a certain way, feel a certain way or be able to do a certain activity, remembering why you started your journey can revive your motivation. Post the reason on a bulletin board or somewhere prominent in your home so it’s at the forefront of your mind.
Make It a Habit
One of the reasons sticking to our goals is difficult is because we are not honest with ourselves. Whether it be tracking your successes, planning your meals or workouts or making regular plans to meet with your chiropractor, keeping yourself accountable will help you stick to your fitness goals. By tracking these successes, it will become easier to see our progress and make the activities part of our daily habits. Having a plan and sticking to it will have you sticking to your goals all year long.
Realizing It’s a Journey, Not a “Diet”
Making lifestyle changes is difficult, but they don’t happen overnight. Yes, we will mess up or take a wrong turn, but staying on path after a mistake is part of the journey. If we constantly think of these lifestyle choices as a “diet,” then it will be easier to slip up or give up altogether.
As one trainer put it, “if we eat food, you have a diet.” In this article, he went on to list a bunch of crash diets that we’ve all tried to follow, but gave up at some point. But a diet doesn’t have to be one of those crash or fad diets; it can simply be the act of eating food for nutrition.
As far as activity, we can all benefit from taking a walk or some type of aerobic activity each and every day. The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity spread throughout the week. It recommends spending less time sitting and more time being active. Over time, studies of increasing our weekly activity have shown a decrease in the risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, colon and lung cancer and early death.
Try starting light and going longer when you’re stamina builds. Our lifestyle changes are difficult to make and maintain, but over time, they become worth the struggle.
Try New Things
Try something new to make your journey more interesting. You could consider things like getting a chiropractic adjustment, trying yoga or seeing what spin class is all about. Doing the same thing all the time could get boring and could derail your fitness or health goals. Changing things up makes activity more interesting and fun, and the change in activity can have great effects on boosting your metabolism.
Try something new, make your goals a habit, stay true and honest to yourself and remember that you are on a journey to better health and overall wellbeing.