Making your health resolutions last
As we ring in the New Year, many of us make similar resolutions – to improve our health. Whether it’s losing weight, eating better or quitting smoking – getting healthy is a common New Year’s resolution.
So how can you make sure you make your resolution into a lasting lifestyle change?
· Pick one behavior to add or change that will help you reach your goal. For example, committing to exercise at least three times per week to meet a weight loss goal.
· Express your goal positively. For example, “I will eat more fruits and veggies” instead of “I won’t eat junk food.”
· Set specific, measurable and attainable goals. Use specific dates and outcomes you want to achieve.
· Break down long-term goals into a series of smaller goals. Breaking down your goals and prioritizing will help you stay on track.
Most importantly, remember to reward yourself and accept that setbacks will happen. We aren’t perfect, and that’s OK. Don’t dwell on your missteps – instead get back into your regimen with renewed energy!
Here are some examples of resolutions that are backed up by behaviors to achieve an attainable goal.
· I want to sleep for at least eight hours per night for five nights per week by going to bed at 10 p.m.
· I want to lose 10 pounds over the next year by skipping desserts five nights per week and doing 30 minutes of cardio workout three days per week.
· I want to read one book in 30 days by reading at least one chapter per night over the next month.
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