It’s quite habitual for everybody to make "New Year Resolutions", but the real challenge lies in keeping them. A report in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, about half of all Americans set goals for the upcoming year, but only 8 percent are able to achieve them. Whether unrealistic goals or reduced will power are to blame, most people do not succeed in keeping their New Year resolutions. The key to keeping your resolutions is to set SMART – Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-Based – goals.
Well-known writer and teacher Anne Wilson Schaef said, "Good health is not something we can buy. However, it can be an extremely valuable savings account". So as 2015, dawns, why not resolve to build this savings account? Here are some healthy goals to give your New Year a great, fresh start:
- Change your health outlook – Develop a positive outlook towards life. Understand that every single step you make can either move you closer to the continuum of good health or the opposite (poor health). Incorporating small and positive changes can help you move closer towards your goal of good health. For instance, drinking water instead of soda at lunch can help you cut calories.
- Ensure proper nutrition and hydration – If you are making dietary changes as part of your resolution, make sure you choose plans that provide proper nutrition and hydration essential for healthy life. Stick to a diet balanced in lean proteins, carbohydrates and fats. Increase intake of fruits and vegetables and water consumption.
- Exercise right – Stay active and include more physical activity each day. For example, climbing the stairs to reach the third floor would just take an extra minute more than waiting for the elevator. Remember that exercise doesn’t always have to be in the gym. The opportunities are endless; developing the right mindset is all that matters.
- Quit smoking – For smokers, quitting may be the hardest resolution to keep. It’s important to understand the potential benefits of quitting and utilize the resources that are available to help you quit. Enrolling in a smoking cessation program offered by a professional healthcare center is a great option.
- Weight loss – Losing weight is one of the most popular New Year resolutions, though it is hard to keep and to make real changes. A low calorie diet combined with rigorous physical activity can help in better weight management. There are safe and effective weight loss programs available that help you lose weight by reducing food cravings and controlling appetite.
Have a positive attitude and set manageable goals that you can keep to achieve a healthier, happier you. We wish you a Happy, Healthy and Stress-free New Year!