2015 is upon us! Have you written your new year’s resolutions?
Health-related resolutions are among the most popular. Resolve tends to be strong in January, but many people lose momentum as the year unfolds.
Here are a few tips to make 2015 the year you get healthier:
Modify Your Eating Habits
Some of us set out to lose a few pounds only to get to the end of the year and find out that we gained weight. How does this happen? Diets come and go, but changing a few eating habits can often have a more meaningful, long-term effect on your weight and overall health.
Stop the habit of rushing to eat anything that you crave. Some tips include chewing gum while preparing food to stop yourself from snacking. You can also live by the rule of not eating anything unless you are sitting down. This helps eliminate mindless munching. You can also quell your hunger by hydrating. Drinking lots of water will not only help you feel fuller, but it will also hydrate your skin for a nice glow.
It’s also a good idea to set user-friendly eating goals. For example, don’t write off desserts entirely. This can make you feel so deprived that compliance will wane. You’ll tend to want what you can’t have. Instead, allow yourself one to two bites of something sweet after dinner or one splurge dessert on Saturdays.
Set Doable Exercise Goals
The best kind of exercise is the one you will actually do! If you have not been working out, don’t rush into an overly ambitious exercise plan. Do something you enjoy and can realistically fit into your schedule. If you hate running, try 20 to 30 minutes of walking with a friend. Try taking the stairs up to your office instead of the elevator. Invest in a step counter and aim to increase your count a little bit each day. Find short work-out videos on You Tube to “mix it up.”
Don’t worry about conquering the world. Small modifications add up. Now get out there and show 2015 who is the boss.